RESIDENTS at South Parks House care home in Glenrothes got a chance to rub shoulders with some of Fife’s high flying local footballers as part of the Sport Relief day reports, NEIL HENDERSON.
Cowdenbeath player / manager Colin Cameron along with young squad members, Liam Callaghan and Lewis Milne were on hand to help with the pedal-pushing efforts of staff and pensioners at the Glenrothes Care Home last Friday.
Affectionately known as ‘the Blue Brazil,’ Cowdenbeath are currently sitting on top of the Scottish Second Division but Cameron and his staff were more than happy to take time out after their morning training session to do a turn on the bike.
Staff at the home were attempting to complete a mammoth 12 hour stint of non-stop pedalling in support of the national Sport Relief charity day.
And it was the former Raith Rovers and Scotland international, Cameron who was first in the saddle showing the young players how it was done as he joked and with some of the residents, one of whom quipped that ‘he wasn’t going fast enough.’
The cash-raising idea was that of Unit Manager, Sandra Mcloud and fellow staff members, all of who took turns on the bike.
Straight after working up a sweat on the bike, Cameron joked with the Gazette ‘it was the hardest work-out of the day’ and added; “When I got the call from staff here, I was more than willing to bring a couple of players over to help such a sterling effort.
“After all it’s only short period of time out our day and it’s for Sport relief which is a worthy cause.”
Asked about his teams chances of success this season (Cowdenbeath are currently seven points clear at the of Division Two) he said: “Given the position we’re in it’s ours to lose but we’ve just got to keep our heads and play like we’ve been playing for most of the season and we’ll have a great chance of promotion.
“We’ll keep training hard, so an extra stint on the bike here won’t do the players here any harm” he winked.
Eddie Hepburn, a staff member at the care home said they were ‘delighted’ that they footballers could lend a hand and added: “We try to do a lot of various charity events here and to get Colin and his lads down has been great for both the staff and the residents.
“There’s been a fair bit of banter from the some of the residents too with one or two wanting a go on the bike.”