Raith Rovers goalkeeper David McGurn delayed heading off to training with his team-mates to take part in a ‘beat the goalkeeper’ challenge for Children In Need.
The Glasgow-born Scottish First Division shot-stopper, also a senior lecturer in sport and fitness at Cardonald College Glasgow, agreed to step into the firing line in the name of charity in the college’s sports hall.
Students, and even some staff members, duly queued up for the opportunity to take three penalties at McGurn for £1 with all proceeds going to charity.
Speaking to The Journal before the challenge, McGurn said: “I’ve done it before just through the sport and fitness section, but a few students have been gunning for me, so I’m a bit worried about what to expect.
“I don’t think they try to score sometimes, I think they try to hit the ball as hard as they can and aim for me.
“I’ll be trying my hardest to make sure [some students] don’t score past me, but you can’t win, if you save them you’re a bad guy, and if you let them in you’re cheating them, so it’s a bit of cat and mouse with them.”
After a week of fundraising endeavours, the college raised over £1,700 in their first fundraiser of the new academic year. Cardonald College’s Student Engagement Representative, Kirsty Bicket, said:
“The total figure of over £1,700 is a reflection of all the hard work carried out by the students and staff. It’s for a wonderful cause and helping young people is what Cardonald College Glasgow does best!”