Admission charges for Gala Fairydean Rovers’ match against Dalbeattie Star this Saturday have been scrapped.
Instead, the club are adopting a “Pay what you Can” policy, as used by several senior clubs this season including Albion Rovers, Clyde and Inverness, and asking for a donation at the gate.
All proceeds from this venture will be donated to the Scottish Heart at Risk Testing (HART) charity, with a collection bucket on the turnstiles.
Spectators normally pay £5 for entry to Gala Fairydean Rovers’ home matches, while Premier Club card holders and children under 16 get free entry to Lowland League games, but on this occasion they will also be asked to make a donation.
Wilma Gunn MBE, who formed the charity after her son Cameron died while playing five-a-side football on the eve of his 20th birthday, said: “We are delighted to be involved in a charity partnership with Gala Fairydean Rovers and look forward to working with the club in the future to raise awareness about heart disease.
“We congratulate the club on the “Pay what you Can” initiative and are grateful for the money that will be raised.”
Gala Fairydean Rovers secretary Graeme McIver commented: “The club will shortly be unveiling a significant community initiative of which the tie-in with Scottish HART is just one part.
“We are working with a number of local charity partners and other organisations in an effort to ensure that Gala Fairydean Rovers FC is fully integrated within the community of Galashiels.’’