Glasgow has a long tradition of producing legendary footballers such as Kenny Dalglish, Alex Ferguson and Danny McGrain.
And the Rotary Club of Charing Cross (Glasgow) continues to search for the next Scottish sporting gem with its annual primary schools’ football tournament.
The club has sponsored this competition for many years. This year there were a record 20 teams featuring year 6 and 7 pupils from schools in the city.
The seven-a-side competition was played at the Firhill Complex in Glasgow, with three rolling substitutes in each team. It was run in conjunction with Glasgow City Council’s Active Schools initiative.
The enthusiasm of all 200 boys and girls was remarkable, rising to a crescendo of excitement when first one of the semi-finals, and then the final, were decided by penalty shoot-outs!
Antonine Primary School were the winners, with Hillhead Primary School desperately unlucky to lose the final on penalties.
The cup and medals were presented by club President, Trevor Graham.
The Rotary club will next be supporting the Active Schools campaign with other Rotary clubs in the city through the roll-out of an experimental programme of sports coaching in primary schools across the Glasgow City Council area.
The Charing Cross club has recently returned from a Rotary exchange visit to Austria where they were hosted by the Saalfelden Rotary Club.
This follows a visit to Scotland by the Saalfelden Rotarians a year ago. In Austria, the Charing Cross Rotarians visited the famous Grossglockner High Alpine Road, the city of Salzburg, and enjoyed a cruise around the scenic Lake Zell.