250 fans enjoy a special visit to Ibrox

Mon 24th July 2017

The Rangers Charity Foundation invited 250 football fans from local groups and organisations to the Marseille friendly on Saturday and as you can see from the photographs they had a great time!

The tickets were kindly donated to the Foundation by the Club, and we distributed them to people affected by homelessness as well as a mixture of veterans, carers and youth organisations in Glasgow .

Many grateful recipients reported it was the first time they had the opportunity to visit Ibrox as they watched Rangers draw 1-1 with the French side.

Whitacres Academy for Sport brought youngsters (pictured) from its football development squad to the game introducing a new generation of supporters to Rangers.

Some of the boys were even lucky enough to meet players Danny Wilson and Niko Kranjcar as well as mascot Broxi Bear.

South West Glasgow Carers Centre also received tickets and Linda Allan, Carers Centre Manager, said she particularly enjoyed hearing from one of their carers who took his five-year-old son to his very first football match.

She added: “Both he and his son where blown away with the experience and his son now wants to start attending on a regular basis – he thought it was ‘magic’!

“They could not thank the Foundation enough for being given the opportunity to attend and for it being such a memorable experience.”

Other organisations given tickets included Glasgow Homelessness Network, Save our Service Veterans and Barnardo's.

Jay Prosser, a project worker at the Bethany Christian Trust – a charity which works with individuals and communities to prevent homelessness, said it also brought people to the game who had never been to a football match before.

“All the service users that went really enjoyed the whole experience,” he said.

“For several of them this was their first football game.

“One of the guys commented that he could not believe the difference between watching games on TV and the atmosphere at a live game, some accolade considering it was a friendly!”

Tags: Rangers / Marseille / Bethany Christian Trust / Whitacres / Glasgow Homelessness Network / Save our Service Veterans / Barnardo's