Openreach and Glasgow Saints Join Forces to Support Local Foodbank

In a heartwarming display of community spirit, Openreach and Glasgow Saints FC have come together to support the Everlasting Foodbank in Dennistoun. To celebrate their partnership, they organized a friendly 11-a-side football match on a pitch in Glasgow Green. The match saw Openreach fans and players from their Broomielaw HQ generously donating essential items to the foodbank.

Saints players Gurubir Bains, Greg Bow, Darren Scobbie, and Graeme Crawford paid a visit to the Openreach office, where they collected a remarkable 18 bagfuls of donations from Katie Milligan, Chair of the Openreach Scotland Board.

Laurie Keith from Glasgow Saints expressed their commitment to making their diversity partnership a resounding success both on and off the pitch. The charity-friendly match was an enjoyable day for a noble cause, and they were overwhelmed by the outpouring of donations.

Although Openreach’s team faced a 5:2 loss against the Saints, they eagerly anticipate a rematch. The spirit of inclusivity and unity shines through the partnership with Glasgow Saints, who are passionate about spreading the message that football is for everyone.

Openreach embarked on a 12-month partnership with Glasgow Saints FC in May, supporting four inclusive football clubs across the UK. Founded in 2020, the club plays a vital role in combatting isolation and food poverty while engaging in local social initiatives. Players and staff dedicate one hour of volunteering each month and actively participate in fundraisers for various causes in Glasgow.

The club’s motto, ‘football for everyone,’ reflects its diverse composition. Players and coaches hail from various cultural, religious, and financial backgrounds, with asylum seekers and refugees enriching the squad’s diversity.

Jonny Rae

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