Charity football match in Bonnyrigg

Robin Laing of Bonnyrigg Rose with Forth 1's David Bailey
Robin Laing of Bonnyrigg Rose with Forth 1's David Bailey

A team of dads and football coaches are raising money for local children with a football match against an Edinburgh radio station select this weekend.

Led by dads Robin Laing and Peter Innes, Bonnyrigg Rose will be using this game to encourage girls to take up the sport of football as the club has girls teams of all ages.

This charity fundraiser will also be raising much needed funds for Forth 1’s forthcoming Cash For Kids Mission Christmas appeal.

Forth 1’s Cash for Kids which helps disadvantaged children across Edinburgh, The Lothians and Fife and it’s the second time in the last 12 months the teams have gone head-to-head. Last year Forth 1 won the previous fixture during a dramatic penalty shoot-out after being behind twice.

Coach Robin Laing commented: “We are delighted to be able to support such a great charity which does so much for local children. We recently experienced this first hand as one of our player’s families received help through Cash for Kids.

“This match offers an opportunity for local people to come out, support the charity and their local football club at the same time. We have almost 80 players in our girls section ranging from six years old up to 16 years old and it is the fastest growing area of the Bonnyrigg Rose community setup.

“Hopefully all our girls will be able to get along and be involved in a fun, family day.”

Forth 1 home run presenter Mark Martin is hoping for a large crowd on Sunday: “I work closely with Cash for Kids every week and know exactly how any money we raise at this match is used. There are thousands of children living in difficult circumstances in our area and they need our help daily.

“Being a Bonnyrigg boy and having won last year’s fundraiser which raised closed to £2,000 on the day, my team are delighted to be welcomed back to Midlothian.

“The people of this area are so generous and it’s a privilege to play on New Dundas Park, where I had played with my primary school (Hawthornden) in a cup final in 1996! Entry is by donation so please feel free to bring your family and friends.”

Forth 1’s team is expected to have names such as ex-pros Nicky Cairns, Fraser Ogilvie and David Knox, Edinburgh Fringe comedian Gareth Waugh, celebrity hairstylist Boyd MacIntyre, Forth 1’s Mark Martin and Edinburgh’s premier Joey Essex lookalike, Chris Boyle.

During the day there will be half time crossbar challenge, the chance to meet Forth 1’s Courage the Cat and photo opportunities with both teams.

Bonnyrigg Rose Coaches vs The Forth 1 Allstars is this Sunday at New Dundas Park, Bonnyrigg at 2pm, entry by donation.