Foot­ball can be an es­cape

Wishaw Press - - SCHOOL NEWS -

Dawn Mid­dle­ton says one of the most re­ward­ing as­pects of her job is help­ing peo­ple to for­get the trou­bles of ev­ery­day life for a cou­ple of hours.

So she wants to make it as easy as pos­si­ble for that to hap­pen for those who are in need and to get peo­ple more in­volved.

She said:“We work with Mag­gie’s Cen­tre, the El­iz­a­beth Montgomery House at Mon­k­lands, and we sup­port their prostate group.

“We give them tick­ets to matches, they come and do walk­ing foot­ball with us... it’s about be­ing there for peo­ple when they’re most in need.

“One of the things I’ve learned from work­ing with Mag­gie’s is that when you go from be­ing em­ployed, if you or your part­ner is di­ag­nosed with can­cer, you can go on to ben­e­fits – so the £24 to come and watch a match on a Satur­day is sud­denly a lux­ury you don’t have.

“But those two hours can be in­valu­able for some­one, so that’s a fan­tas­tic project that we do – be­cause of the part­ner­ships rather than us, I must add!

“I have been very for­tu­nate to work with lo­cal MSP Mar­ion Fel­lows, who has in­vited us along to the Poverty Action Group, which is great for find­ing lo­cal part­ners that we can work with to tar­get those most in need.

“We can never move away from the fact that Mother­well is a work­ing class area, we’re a work­ing class club, and that’s what we need to be. We want to be the heart of our com­mu­nity, to be do­ing things for our peo­ple.

“We don’t want to be charg­ing £200-odd for a week’s ac­tiv­ity and we don’t want to be ex­clu­sive.

“I want to re­ally un­der­stand the peo­ple that we need to work with and find out what we can do for them.

“What we al­ways say is that the Com­mu­nity Trust and Mother­well Foot­ball Club are about so much more than 3pm on a Satur­day.

“It’s a part of what we do and it will al­ways be the big­gest part. But there are peo­ple out there who we can do some­thing for, peo­ple who can come and be part of it – whether ago to pitch up to foot­ball has gone, we need to make this club mean some­thing to peo­ple.

“Twenty-four pounds is a lot of money to pay to get into a foot­ball match. But Stephen Robin­son has done a phe­nom­e­nal job since com­ing here and peo­ple see a team fight­ing for every­thing on the park.

“We want peo­ple to see that not only are those play­ers giv­ing their all for this club, we’re giv­ing our all to make sure YOU feel part of Mother­well FC. That’s re­ally im­por­tant.

“Some might not want to come to a game on a Satur­day, so what can we do to make you feel part of your club?”

We want to be the heart of our com­mu­nity, to be do­ing things for our peo­ple

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