King Kenny rules the school

'King' Kenny Dalglish with pupils from Netherlee primary school.
'King' Kenny Dalglish with pupils from Netherlee primary school.

FORMER Celtic and Liverpool player, Kenny Dalglish, was the toast of Netherlee primary when he poppoed in for a visit, this week.

The striker, known fondly as King Kenny to fans, dropped in to launch the Scottish Football Association’s 2014 Grassroots Awards, recognising the hard work of volunteers in community football.

Last year Giffnock Soccer Centre won the award for best community football club, so the SFA and their partners visited East Renfrewshire for this year’s launch and Nethrelee was the school chosen.Kenny showed up shortly after the children had enjoyed an afternoon session with the centre’s coaches and happily chatted with them.

He was also on hand to watch a training session with around 100 children who attend the soccer centre at Muirend playing fields and met coaches and club officials.

Councillow Mary Montague, the convener for community services and community safety, said: “This was a tremendous boost for Netherlee primary school — they were so excited to be involved and to welcome Kenny Dalglish to the school.

“Along with our many community volunteers, our schools are committed to getting children involved in sport — as are the council’s team of football development officers who work closely with our local clubs.

“It was wonderful to have such a giant of Scottish football at the school — and here’s hoping for more success for local clubs and coaches in the Grassroots Awards this year.”

To nominate a local football club or a volunteer for a 2014 Grassroots Award, go to www.scottishfa.co.uk/awards.