Scotland's National Team visit 'young bravehearts' at Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Children

Scotland Players and Staff during a visit to the Royal Hospital for Children
-Credit: (Image: SFA)

Patients at Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Children were delighted when they received a visit for the Scotland squad yesterday (May 31) before Steve Clarke's men jet off to Germany for the Euros..

Captain Andy Robertson led the team of stars and coaches around the wards putting smiles on the face of the children and their families.

The team believe seeing the incredible work of the RHC staff and the care that they provide for children from across the country could act as motivation ahead of their opening bout against Germany on June 14.

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Andy Robertson said: “It was a privilege for us to visit the Royal Hospital for Children and see the dedicated work of the staff up close.

“We have a squad of players from different backgrounds, at different ages and stages, but the vast majority will have a personal story to tell about loved ones who have benefited from the care and expertise on offer from RHC or somewhere similar.

“It was impossible not to be moved by the kids we met, especially as the father of young children myself. They’re all facing into their own difficult, varied challenges but, in every case, their resilience shines through and it’s reassuring to know they’re being looked after as well as they are by hospital staff, and the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, who are doing everything they can for them.

John McGinn with Nathan Byrne, 9, at the RHC
John McGinn with Nathan Byrne, 9, at the RHC -Credit:SFA

“We are not short on motivation for the Euros, but it meant a lot to hear how excited they all are to watch the games and follow our progress. They won’t be far from our thoughts when we’re in Germany.”

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The RHC and the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity work hard throughout the year to bring experiences to patients and their families that extend ‘further than the medicine’ – including visits like these.

Mandy Meechan, Chief Nurse at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow explained: “We can’t believe how lucky we have been to have the Scotland team visit us today.

"We thank them from the bottom of our hearts for the smiles they created today, and we hope they take that energy and have great success in Germany. We pride ourselves on our person-centred care, and this visit has inspired hope, strength and tenacity in the kids and their families. It was just what we all needed."

yan Porteous, Ross Mccrorie, Ben Doak, Lawrence Shankland and Andy Robertson alongside Mirren Clark
yan Porteous, Ross Mccrorie, Ben Doak, Lawrence Shankland and Andy Robertson alongside Mirren Clark -Credit:SFA

Kirsten Watson from Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity added: "We are so grateful to the squad for visiting the children's hospital today.

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"The children felt like VIPs when they realised that the players had taken time away from the training pitch to pay them a special visit, and many have made memories that will last a lifetime.

"There was a sense of unity, hope and positivity during the visit, which can truly transform the hospital experience for children and young people. I'd like to thank our donors and volunteers who help to create moments like this all year round by supporting our hospital play programme."