Dumbarton Riverside Champions Football Club have been awarded £1500 by the Pavers Foundation, an employee-led charitable trust created by family-owned shoe retailer Pavers Shoes.

The donation was made after Donna McGarva, assistant manager at the Pavers store at Loch Lomond Shores and Champions head coach, applied through the employee grant initiative.

Pavers established the foundation in 2018 to enable charitable donations by the business and its 1700 staff.

Through the foundation, the amount pledged to good causes by Pavers has risen to £2.5m, which includes employee grant applications, with each staff member able to put forward causes close to their heart which relate to health, education, or the community.

The Riverside Champions Disability football team comprises of adults with a range of disabilities and additional needs and they are currently involved in the National League run by the Scottish FA, which brings together disability teams from all over Scotland.

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Since forming six years ago, the Dumbarton side’s disability team have been awarded with a Disability Club and Quality Mark status by the SFA.

Riverside Champions train once a week and they compete in various tournaments throughout the year, spanning across the country with an aim to broaden the team’s life experiences and their sporting abilities.

Recently travelling as far as Blackpool and Harrogate, the £1500 will contribute towards future travel expenses for the whole team.

Head coach Donna said: “We would like to thank the Pavers Foundation for this very kind donation. Everyone in our team is extremely grateful.

“The donation will go towards travel costs and various tournaments throughout the season.”

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