Christina and HPBC

Christina McKelvie MSP meeting with Hillhouse based side


The stars of Hamilton Phoenix Boys Club swapped the pitch for politics as they met with local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie.

The club, who have recently kicked off their season, made contact with the SNP MSP asking for support in their player recruitment drive.

As the transfer window slammed shut, the club were able to add a few new faces to their squad for the upcoming season.

The Hillhouse based club, training at the Jock Stein Centre, turned their sights to league success as they kicked off their season with a victory over Gartcairn.

Following the victory, Christina McKelvie MSP visited the club to wish them well for the season ahead.

Commenting, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said:

“When James reached out to me online to help them with a few last minute summer signings, I was delighted to organise a visit to the club.

“It’s clear to see the real family, community based spirit and ethos that is passed on from the coaches and parents to the players.

“Football can be a force for good, having a transformative impact on the lives of young players. From keeping fit or from working as a team, Hamilton Phoenix Boys Club are using the power of sport as vehicle to improve the lives of young people throughout my constituency.

“It was a delight to meet the team and I wish them all the best for the season ahead.



Commenting, Coach of Hamilton Phoenix Boys Club, James Wynn added:

“The Club is very much in its infancy but has made a great impact in the local and wider community hosting training sessions for over 30 kids at a time.

“The idea of community is at the very heart of the club. Volunteers, parents and grandparents are all loving the feel good factor created at the club.  We have developed a real family atmosphere and even have up to 50 parents, friends and relatives attending the matches on a Saturday. 

“For Christina to take time out of her busy schedule and meet with the players and parents is fantastic. It’s great to see MSPs getting involved in promoting the game at grassroots level and supporting clubs in this way.

“Getting kids along to the training is an obvious key element in our growth and to have Christina support our recruitment drive via Twitter was fantastic.”