Hamilton Accies are urging the community to come together for four days of giving.
The four days of giving begins at the annual ‘Football Foodbank Festival’ which will take place at the HopeCBD Stadium on Sunday 25th November.
The final day of the initiative is on Wednesday 28th November as the Accies take on FC Midtjylland in the UEFA Youth League; on what the club hope will be another special European night under the lights in Hamilton.
The four days of giving is centred around supporting many families at what can be a difficult time of the year.
The Football Foodbank Festival is used as a vehicle to help drive the local community together as one; promoting the Hamilton District Food Bank as well as providing opportunities for local youngsters to play on the state of the art 3G pitch at the Scottish Premiership club.
Over 1,000 youngsters from grassroots clubs across central Scotland will take part in the annual youth football tournament which brings in thousands of participants; players, coaches, scouts, family members and friends.
CEO of Hamilton Accies Colin McGowan said:
“This is an initiative which is very close to my heart. Last year we helped many families who had little to no income. Fast forward a year, one of those families involved in the initiative had managed to get back on their feet, came back through the front door at the club, and donated £150 to this year’s programme. There is obviously a monetary value involved in a gesture like that but, in reality, it’s priceless.’’
McGowan continued: ’’We’re asking people to bring a tin of food or a toy. This can be done at the Foodbank Festival on the Sunday, at the UEFA Youth League match on the Wednesday or by popping into the stadium reception during our opening hours.’’
The four days of giving coincides with the club’s return to European action with Accies intent on filling the stadium when they welcome Danish Youth Champions FC Midtjylland.
The Accies tasted victory on their home European debut in dramatic fashion as they secured a penalty shoot out victory over Swiss giants FC Basel in front of over 2600 supporters.
The club have again made the UEFA Youth League tie against FC Midtjylland a free event and are aiming for a full house to be the 12th man and get the boys over the finishing line.
Everyone at the club is urging the local community to come out and support the young Accies as they attempt to overturn the 2-0 first leg deficit and reach the last 24 of UEFA’s premier youth competition.
Season ticket holders have also been given further incentive to come along; with the club offering the first 60 season ticket holders a complimentary Christmas Dinner for them plus 1, prior to the UEFA Youth League match on Wednesday 25th November. Details on how to book your spot are below:
Contact the Hamilton Accies office staff via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (01698 368650) with full name, address and season ticket number.
Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. There will also be a pay bar facility available on the evening.