Drumchapel United: helping Glasgow children cope with Covid life

In another of our stories about the pandemic and sport, Scott Bland explains its impact on his club: ‘We have kids with anxiety, depression – so we had to be there for them’

Drumchapel United did not need a pandemic to accentuate their commitment to a greater good. Slowly but surely this club in one of Glasgow’s most deprived areas had been emphasising that the idea of football being intrinsic to a community need not be antiquated.

Drumchapel has needed a positive reference point. Deprivation and life expectancy rates are among the worst in Scotland. The situation looks even more acute when compared with nearby Bearsden and Milngavie, both highly affluent areas.

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