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Bob presenting the winning Team Somalia their trophy after the final against the Scottish Fire ServiceSNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris, brought a team of MP’s and Councillors to Springburn to play in a friendly football match against veteran African footballers at Petershill Park recently.

The game was part of a week long series of events, organised by local charity African Challenge Scotland, aimed at providing opportunities for the African community in north Glasgow to learn more about their history and culture. The week gave families from all backgrounds in the north of the city and beyond the opportunity to participate in various sporting and cultural events over the seven days.

The culmination of the weeks activities was a sports gala day at Petershill Park on Saturday which included both football and handball tournaments. The eventual victors of the football event was Team Somalia who defeated a team from the Scottish Fire Service in the final. Bob’s team achieved a 2-2 draw in a friendly against the veteran African side, a game played in good spirits throughout.

Bob with his team visiting the NG Homes stall ahead of the football game. Footballers L to R Cllr Franny Scally, Cllr Graeme Hendry, Bob Doris MSP, Stuart McDonald MP, Gavin Newlands MP, Mick White

Bob was joined on the day by MP’s Stuart McDonald and Gavin Newlands and Councillors Graeme Hendry and Franny Scally.

Following the game Bob commented: “I was delighted to be asked to provide a team for a good natured friendly football game. It was just a bit of fun but it also provided an excellent opportunity to bring communities together. I was also pleased in particular to be able to show some of my new MP colleagues from outwith Glasgow some the excellent inter-community work that is taking place in the north of the city. I know both African Challenge Scotland and local housing provider NG Homes have been working closely over the last few months on various community initiatives and their efforts are making a real difference.

“I commend African Challenge Scotland and their funding partners for supporting a week long programme of activities. It was wonderful to see so many local families supporting the event and having a great time. This is the second year in a row the event has ran and I have no doubt it will go from strength to strength”.