Callum set to be man in black

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A youngster has taken the first step towards becoming a football referee - and it’s all thanks to the support of his local community.

Milton of Campsie Community Council have an ongoing funding programme to “encourage young people within the village to realise their potential.”

The latest beneficiary is teenager Callum Taylor, who has been one of the young volunteers involved in a recent ongoing clear up of the former Milton of Campsie Railway Station.

He’s now successfully passed the Scottish Football Association’s tough refereeing course.

Syd Sharp, chairperson of Milton of Campsie Community Council, said: “We thought it would be great to put young Callum forward to take part in the course.

“He is planning on a sports related career and was looked upon as an ideal young person to sponsor.

“Our former Councillor Charles Kennedy had a real commitment to helping improve the lives of so many young people and we are determined to carry on Charles’s great work.

“Charles did so much with our young people and we as a community council want to reach out and provide as much support and positive guidance to as many young people within the village as possible.

“Callum has been involved in every improvement day at the former railway station and along with so many young people within the village has been a real shining light.

“Callum has been a true credit to his community, family and himself. We’re very proud of him.

“We are lucky to have so many very special young people within the village of Milton of Campsie.

“We will continue to look to sponsor and support other young people within the village and will do our best to help and encourage them.

“It’s hoped that Callum goes on to enjoy many successful years as a referee.

“Who knows we might see him rubbing shoulders with Neymar and Rodriguez when he referee’s a future Champions League Final.

Callum said: “I really enjoyed the course and as I’m planning on getting a sports related job this was a great opportunity for me.”