SAFN Writer Tom Scott continues his look at Headline Makers Revisited this from July, 2016, and Red Star AFC Saturday Morning. They won a domestic treble under the guidance of Manager Mark Mackay, who is currently in charge of Vale of Clyde FC in the new West of Scotland Conference League.
STAR BOSS PRAISES SOCCERWORLD HELP
Red Star Manager Mark MacKay heaped praise on the help he had personally been given by Soccerworld Glasgow for his excellent Saturday Morning team.
The East End of Glasgow-based club were able to access facilities at very short notice – following any match-day postponements, for light training sessions, five-a-side football and a hugely successful end-of-season dance.
Mark, who enjoyed playing stints in junior football with the likes of Baillieston, Blantyre Vics, Cumbernauld United, Lesmahagow, and Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, revealed “At the time , I wanted to give a huge thank-you to General Manager Audrey Murphy and Receptionist Caroline Hardie.”
“Audrey’s husband was involved with Pollok Amateurs, so she had an understanding of what we were trying to do with our club in terms of trying to be more professional in organising different things for the players.”
“Sometimes playing in the morning could be hit with frost during the winter months ,and that is a real killer. With us still wanting to train or play 5’s, I had put in calls to Caroline very early on and they never let me down!”
“We used to train 7pm-9pm on a Tuesday until Soccerworld told us about their Metafit Classes. After that, we got involved and then trained from 8pm to 9pm. Once the dark nights came back again , we were able to resume our previous schedule.”
“When the West and Scottish Amateur Cup competitions come around (away games), we met at Soccerworld for a light bite to eat before travelling together. This arrangement happened once last season and it is something we will continue to organise this year.”
“Soccerworld also helped us with our Xmas Day Out, whereby we started there about 12 noon and they treated us to a free buffet. Our end-of-season dance also took place at the venue. The ladies kindly laid on another buffet, and donated a raffle prize. As a thank-you for all they had done for us over the season, the club bought Audrey and Caroline flowers.”
“Not many clubs – whether it be amateur or at junior level – get the amount of help from one company that existed since I took over as Red Star team manager, and we most certainly appreciated their kindness.”