Livi help raise cash for F1 team

West Lothian Courier - - News - Cal­lum Car­son

Liv­ingston FC play­ers and fans have helped raise funds for a school’s trip to Sin­ga­pore by wear­ing spe­cial t- shirts for the club’s play- off matches.

Ve­loc­ity Rac­ing, an all- girl group from In­veral­mond High School in Liv­ingston, have qual­i­fied for the F1 in Schools World Cham­pi­onship fi­nals in Septem­ber.

They need to raise £30,000 for the trip - but the Lions were more than happy to help out as each player do­nated to the cause and wore the spe­cial ‘In Hoppy We Trust’ t-shirts dur­ing the warm-up of their tele­vised game against Dundee United on Fri­day night.

Teacher Emma Pot­ter ad­mit­ted she has been over­whelmed by the sup­port they have re­ceived and thanked the club for their help.

She com­mented: “The girls were ap­proached by a fan who had an idea of mak­ing t-shirts for the play-offs and us­ing that as a way to raise funds. We thought it was a bril­liant idea but we didn’t re­ally ex­pect to get the re­ac­tion we have done.

“We’ve sold over 70 of them so far at £10 each, so it’s been a ter­rific fundraiser for them.”

She said Liv­ingston have been very help­ful in get­ting fans in­volved in the fundrais­ing and the Ve­loc­ity team mem­bers have en­joyed hear­ing about their efforts.

Emma Pot­ter added: “The club have been incredibly sup­port­ive with all the play­ers wear­ing them be­fore the game and the fans get­ting be­hind the idea, too.

“The girls are all study­ing for their ex­ams just now so it’s been good fun for them to do some­thing other than re­vis­ing, but at the same time we’ve had a much greater re­sponse than we thought so it’s been a chal­lenge keep­ing up with it all.”

She added: “The girls came sec­ond in their Scottish re­gional event to progress and then be­came Scottish cham­pi­ons.

“They also trav­elled down to Sil­ver­stone and com­peted down there which was a great oc­ca­sion for them all.

“They get to com­pete against about 40 teams from all over the world to try and be crowned F1 in Schools world cham­pion, which would be amaz­ing.

“There’s dif­fer­ent awards like best en­gi­neered car and best pit, where they had to do a big dis­play of a pit like in the F1.

“They ac­tu­ally won that award at the na­tion­als but now they have a big­ger pit to do in Sin­ga­pore.

“At the end of it they’ll get to at­tend the Grand Prix as well, which is a nice re­ward for all the hard work.”

Liv­ingston man­ager David Hop­kin added: “It says a lot about the play­ers that they wanted to help out - and that they were will­ing to wear a t-shirt with their man­ager’s name on them.

“It was a great idea and the club were more than happy to help the cause.”

If you want to get your hands on one of the t-shirts, email ve­loc­i­tyrac­

The club have been incredibly sup­port­ive

Team ef­fort Ve­loc­ity Rac­ing with Livi play­ers

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