Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser

Footie boss nets award for‘going the extra mile’

- JEAN WARD

The boss of Andy’s Soccer Academy in Airdrie has been recognised for “going the extra mile,” winning his kids’ football team new strips into the bargain.

Andy Mccall was named the 2021 Recognitio­n Express Junior Sporting Club Hero for South East Scotland.

The clothing and school uniform specialist runs the national competitio­n each year to recognise unsung heroes of junior sporting clubs.

And this year, Andy topped the pile.

Andy, who set up the academy 12 years ago, told the Advertiser: “i am totally overwhelme­d by winning this award, which is a great achievemen­t for me and for my academy.

“Winning a set of strips was also great timing as one of my teams moved on to play nine-a-side football, meaning new players, more players and new strips.”

Andy was nominated for the award by his assistant academy head, David Foster, and was awarded a trophy for himself and a brand-new team strip for one of his academy teams.

Director of Recognitio­n Express, David Mitchell, visited the academy’s training ground at Greenfauld­s High School in Cumbernaul­d to present the trophy and meet the Under-9 team in their shiny new kit.

He told us :“It’s been a tough year for everyone, but particular­ly for children with their disrupted schooling and not being able to meet up with friends and teammates.

“I know how hard club officials, parents and children themselves have been working to keep up morale during lockdown when clubs couldn’t meet to train or play.

“Getting everything ready for re-opening safely has been a mammoth task for all involved.

“There will always be that one stand-out individual, whether it be a coach, parent or a team member, who goes that extra mile for the club quietly and without seeking any praise or reward.

“Andy epitomises all of these qualities.

“As specialist­s in recognitio­n products, promotiona­l items and branded clothing, it makes sense for us to combine donating a new team kit to a local junior sports club whilst recognisin­g an unsung hero.

“It gives us the chance to recognise the contributi­on these unsung heroes make and give something back to the community we serve.”

I am totally overwhelme­d by winning this award, which is a great achievemen­t for me and for my academy

Andy Mccall

 ?? ?? Pitch perfect Andy receives his Junior Sporting Club Hero award from Recognitio­n Express South East director David Mitchell
Pitch perfect Andy receives his Junior Sporting Club Hero award from Recognitio­n Express South East director David Mitchell

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