Our Stories - Park Villa Story

It’s all too easy in the Scotland of 2011 for children to kick their heels on the streets.

For many, it’s a passport to a life of trouble.

That’s why the Teddy Bear Foundation is proud to support an organisation that’s giving purpose and direction to the new arrivals of the 21 st century.

Players in the Park Villa football team of 2002 are either eight or nine years old yet they take on the look of seasoned professionals when they gather for their three-times-a-week training sessions.

Now, we’ve helped make them look even more professional by contributing £380 towards their smart new black and red kit.

Mum Linda Moffat, whose nine-year-old daughter Carly is the only girl in the side, said: “Being part of the team keeps them off the streets.  It gives them something to do and it has really developed into a wee family.

"They seem to do better at school as well.  I think it’s the discipline they get from their training sessions."

The pitches where Park Villa train in Glasgow’s Govan are just a stone’s throw from the Harmony Row school which Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson attended.

Sir Alex recently threw open the gates of Old Trafford and the Red Devils’ Carrington training complex to the boys and girl from Park Villa.

Added Linda Moffat:”The kids saw Rio Ferdinand doing push-ups with one hand.  They thought that was amazing.”

With trips to the home of the English champions, Park Villa can’t be accused of lacking ambition.  Certainly, they’re heading in the right direction.


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The boys - and girl - of Park Villa go through their paces.

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The Park Villa side of 2002 in their smart new kit.

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