Edinburgh-based podcast starts fundraising drive to kit out Scotland's children ahead of Euro 2020

An Edinburgh-based podcast is raising money to get Scotland’s children kitted out in national team colours ahead of this summer’s European Championships.

The team behind The Terrace Scottish Football Podcast. Picture: Contributed
The team behind The Terrace Scottish Football Podcast. Picture: Contributed

The Terrace Scottish Football Podcast, the show which inspired BBC Scotland’s cult-hit A View From The Terrace, has teamed up with the Scottish FA and their official charity partner Children 1st to start the #kitforkids appeal, which aims to donate Scotland strips to children across the country most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The football governing body has gifted 200 kits, while the podcast has so far raised 64 per cent of its £5,000 target in just a couple of days.

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The podcast are asking supporters to film themselves attempting 23 keepy-uppies, one for every member of Steve Clarke’s squad this summer. Scotland stars Lisa Evans, Emma Mitchell and Wednesday night’s goalscorer Che Adams are among those who’ve already taken part.

The Terrace founder, and Scotsman publications journalist, Craig Fowler explained the reason behind the appeal: “When we qualified in November there was a sense of togetherness and euphoria across Scotland. It was the bright spot in a very tough year for a lot of people, especially kids. We wanted that goodwill to continue.

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“There are children who have never experienced the men’s team being at a major tournament and we want them to feel a part of it in the same way we did all the way back at France 98 [World Cup].

“We’ve set ourselves the target of £5000 but in all honesty, we’d love to raise more and get as many kids kitted out in Scotland shirts as possible.”

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The SFA wrote in a tweet: “We are proud to be supporting @terracepodcast's #KitforKids fundraising initiative. They are partnering with our official charity partner @children1st to distribute Scotland shirts to children impacted most by the pandemic ahead of the UEFA EURO 2020.”

Gary Kernahan, director of Fundraising for Children 1st, commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with The Terrace on their generous-hearted Kits for Kids Appeal. Football kits are an inaccessible luxury for many of the families we work with. This initiative will bring a much-needed lift to children and young people across the country.”

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- You can donate to the kits for kids appeal atjustgiving.com/crowdfunding/kitsforkids

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