Denmark charity cycle delayed after accident

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A PAIR of Giffnock soccer centre coaches were scuppered in their bid to complete the charity trip of a lifetime all the way to Denmark.

Giffnock Soccer Centre chairman Joe McKerns and football coach Stewart Daniels planned to cover 740 miles in their trip from Glasgow to Albertslund, a town which is twinned with East Renfrewshire.

However, their efforts came to a sad end when policeman Joe slipped a disc in his back, forcing him into hospital for a few days.

Now the duo will have to wait till later in the summer to make their way to the finish line.

Stewart told The Extra: “We had no choice but to stay with him given the location and the pain he was in. His wellbeing became priority.

“I’m pleased to say the doctors managed to get him to a stable condition and he was flown back on Sunday.

“The recovery period is still unknown but at least he is recovering here in Glasgow and not abroad.

“We were very disappointed in not achieving the end goal. However, we have committed to return later in the summer to the place where the injury occurred and continue through to the finish line as planned.

“We will do this not only for our own spirits but also as a way of saying to everybody who supported us that the job was indeed completed.”

The pair, faithfully assisted by fellow coach Jim Wright in a support vehicle, aimed to travel through England, Holland and Germany on their way to Denmark, where the club were playing in an international football tournament.

Their effort is all in a bid to raise money for the Johari Foundation, based in Kiberia, which is the largest slum area in Kenya.

The club has been supporting the foundation for many years by sending over old strips and football equipment.

They also hope to buy a mini bus to be able to ferry more than 900 kids who play and train at the soccer centre, which is the largest in Scotland.

GSCwill host its own international football tournament between June 7 and 9.

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