Football-loving finance broker Robert Perrie is fielding a team at a major charity event which helps disadvantaged people in Glasgow.
Sports fan Robert, a five-a-side football and golf enthusiast, runs the Scottish office of commercial finance and marketing consultancy ABL Business, in West George Street, Glasgow.
The company is hosting a table at the first Street Soccer Scotland Annual Dinner, taking place at the Glasgow Hilton hotel, on Thursday. (Aug 17).
Robert will be taking along nine clients and contacts as his guests. Their participation will raise at least £1,500 for the charity along with any contributions made by the party to a fund-raising auction on the night.
Street Soccer Scotland uses football as a catalyst for change, working to improve the lives of some of Scotland’s most socially-excluded and vulnerable adults and young people.
The charity inspires people facing complex issues such as homelessness, mental health problems and addiction, to be all they can be on and off the pitch, making a positive impact in communities across Scotland.
Recently named Charity of the Year at the Scottish Charity Awards, Street Soccer Scotland is the national partner to the Homeless World Cup, sending a men’s and women’s team to the annual international tournament.
Robert Perrie spearheaded the launch, in 2015, of ABL’s first Scottish branch. He and his team provide SMEs with the knowledge, contacts and support to grow, through accessing commercial funding streams, combined with marketing strategy and management.
Robert says that an important part of the company’s ethos is to “put something back” into the community by supporting organisations like Street Soccer Scotland.
He said: “This is a really great cause, which raises awareness of homelessness and many of the associated issues. From my own experience, sport can really benefit your mental health, take you out of yourself and give you something to focus on instead of day-to-day pressures whether they be stress, drugs and alcohol, or difficulties at home.
“I’ve had family members come through problems with alcohol thanks to the support of external organisations, so this charity is something very close to my heart.”
While Robert’s motives for attending are predominantly philanthropic, he’s also got high hopes of meeting one of his heroes, legendary football manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who is a key speaker on the night.
He added: “Sir Alex is one of my role models – and very inspirational. Being a stereotypical Glaswegian he’s straight-talking and cuts through the nonsense – which is much the same as our ABL philosophy really – communicating with clients in a straight-talking way, keeping things simple, with no complications. We’re all very keen to hear what he has to say.”
Sir Alex, who famously managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013, will be interviewed by Scottish Television sport reporter Hazel Irvine. Other speakers include David Duke, founder and CEO of Street Soccer Scotland, David Tanner of Sky Sports and Sir Tom Hunter – Scottish entrepreneur-philanthropist and founder of the Hunter Foundation which invests in projects aimed at eradicating poverty and improving access to education.