Monday, May 19, 2014

Scots charity fundraiser treks 6000 miles from Glasgow to Mongolia to launch new football season

DAVID Scott, who has been Mongolia’s honorary consul in Scotland since 2011, was invited to be guest of honour at the launch.

A SCOTS charity fundraiser travelled almost 6000 miles to kick off the Mongolian Premier League’s new football season.

David Scott, 40, who has been Mongolia’s honorary consul in Scotland since 2011, was invited to be guest of honour at the launch.

And he used the trip to Sharyn Gol, a mining town in the north of Mongolia, to hand over dozens of football strips donated by Scottish fans for local kids.

David, from Newton Mearns, near Glasgow, was made honorary consul after he organised adventure races there.

He raised tens of thousand of pounds for orphans and medical care in the Gobi Desert.

He said: “I felt incredibly honoured when the Mongolian Premier League asked me to officially open their season.

“Football is growing in popularity in Mongolia and the league officials, as well as the local dignitaries, were delighted with the strips.”

The strips handed over included ones from Celtic, Rangers, Airdrie, Motherwell and the Scottish national side.

They were donated through the Adventure Kicks organisation, who are trying to encourage football teams to visit Mongolia.

Mongolian Premier League managing director Enkhjin Batsumber thanked Scots fans for their generosity yesterday.

He said: “These strips are amazing and the children could not believe it when David started handing them out.

“Today’s tournament marks the official start of the new Premier League season.

"Our league has a long way to go to reach the standards of Scotland but days like this prove a huge inspiration and encouragement to players in this country.

“We’d love a Scottish side to play in Mongolia but our biggest dream would be for one of our players to join a Scottish club and become a big star.

“That would help us to grow the popularity and improve the standard of the sport in our country.”

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