East Kilbride Football Club have been awarded a Green Can Award by recycling programme Every Can Counts in recognition of its recycling and fundraising achievements. The club has managed to raise vital funds for the local community and Project Gambia through recycling empty drinks cans over the past four years.
East Kilbride Football Club first started recycling empty drinks cans with the support of Every Can Counts in 2012, and during this time has managed to raise in excess of £3,000 through recycling over 15 tonnes of empty drinks cans. The club use LAMH Recycle Ltd for processing their recycled material and are delighted to work with CEO Anita Boyle who has been hugely supportive with the Every Can Counts programme.
The money made through recycling goes directly to the club’s charity outreach programmes, which includes paying for essential football coaching at club, recent donations to International sports trust, loaves and fishes charity and to support Project Gambia: People Feeding People; a Scottish-based charity supporting over 250 deaf Gambian children by providing them with food and resources.
Speaking about the success of the recycling scheme Mike Peden, who created the football club’s recycling and outreach programmes, said: “The Every Can Counts Green Can Award is a fantastic achievement for the hard work the club has carried out of the last few years. The recycling scheme has really worked to not only encourage our players and club visitors to think about the importance of recycling, but to also raise money for fantastic causes. This includes funding sports equipment and training for youngsters here in the local area and also in Gambia.” The club plan to continue their good work by expanding their donations to more local charities in the coming months.
Jonathan Easthope, Brand Manager for Every Can Counts, said: “This award highlights the great work that East Kilbride Football Club is doing by raising awareness of recycling and helping make Scotland a zero waste society. We’re really proud of all their efforts over the last three years and urge more organisations to get inspired by what the club has achieved, and become involved in the Every Can Counts programme.”