Dundee United are set to launch an amputee football team – the first in the east of Scotland.
Dundee man Tommy McKay is being credited as the inspiration for the new team after his stunning lob during a half-time competition last year went viral.
His Goal of the Month-winning strike thrust amputee football into the limelight and led the Tannadice side to host an open session in conjunction with the Amputee Football Association Scotland (AFAS).
After the taster session in May, AFAS saw an influx of footballers head to Glasgow for training.
Following that, United decided to put together a team as part of their community trust.
Lifelong Arab Tommy, who lost a leg due to cancer as a boy, said it would be the stuff of dreams to pull on the tangerine shirt competitively.
Tommy, who currently trains with Partick Thistle’s amputee team, said: “I’m delighted to see amputee football come to my home club.
“It’ll be like a dream come true if I can pull on the Dundee United shirt.
“I’ve been training with Partick Thistle all year and have made some terrific friends and team mates, but there was no question as to where my loyalty lay when the opportunity came up to train here at Dundee United.
“Amputee football has been life changing for me since I began playing last year. I’m getting fitter, playing a game I love and my kids can finally see their dad being active again.
“It’s great to be closely involved with AFAS and to be able to be an ambassador for the growth of the game and I’d encourage anyone with an amputation to come and give it a try.”
Jamie Kirk, Head of Operations at Dundee United Community Trust, commented: “When Tommy scored his wonder goal at Tannadice last year, it put the spotlight on disability football, something we are hugely passionate about at Dundee United Community Trust and we’re proud to be the first club in the east of Scotland to launch a team.”
Ashley Reid, of Amputee Football Association Scotland, added: “Since the taster session with Dundee United Community Trust earlier this year, we’ve had quite a number of individuals traveling from Dundee to attend training in Glasgow – it was the obvious next step to take the sport east.
“We already have a strong relationship with the team at Dundee United Community Trust, who have embraced the chance to introduce amputee football.
“We are appealing for more players to come forward to try the sport when training kicks off in the Autumn.”
Anyone with an upper or lower amputation or limb difference interested in playing amputee football can find out more at www.amputeefootballscotland.co.uk or contact Ashley Reid at Amputee Football Association Scotland.
United will also publish details of more open training sessions in due course.