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Arran businessman Duncan Yates has ensured the grass is always greener on the other side for a grassroots football club.
Mr Yates – who is company director of Glasgow-based domestic and commercial artificial grass supplier CY Turf – spent his childhood growing up in Kildonan.
He has been based on the mainland for several years and recently decided to provide support to Thorn Athletic Football Club, who are based a few miles from the company’s premises in Hillington on the outskirts of Glasgow.
CY Turf – who offer a full design, landscaping and installation service – are in a league of their own when it comes to artificial grass and decided to form a winning combination with ‘The Thorn’.
Mr Yates said: ‘I previously worked with one of the members of the team and I was only too happy to help them out when approached as I know how difficult it can be to run a community group on a voluntary basis.
‘We are delighted to have the company name on a new distinctive Nike kit and look forward to them representing us across the West of Scotland. I’m hopeful that they can visit Arran at some point in the near future and hopefully get a game arranged.’
Club secretary Mark McGee said: ‘We are grateful to Duncan for his support and the players are hopeful that we can visit the beautiful Isle of Arran and return to Duncan’s roots representing his business.’
Duncan Yates, centre, is pictured with Thorn Athletic Football Club captain Ryan Crawford and goalkeeper Liam McWilliams. No_B02turf01
Sponsor Duncan Yates with Thorn Athletic Football Club players who hope to visit Arran in the future. No_B02turf02