Early Doors

Scottish club hit the jackpot as £161m Euromillions winners plough money into club

Early Doors

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Fans of Scottish football club Partick Thistle couldn't believe their luck when the team got promoted to the Premiership in the summer, returning to the top flight for the first time in nine years.

But it turns out that was just the start of their good fortune this year: now, they've had an even bigger slice of luck courtesy of lottery winners Chris and Colin Weir, who are huge Jags fans.

We should just add that Chris and Colin aren't just normal lottery winners. They scooped the Euromillions jackpot a couple of years ago, collecting a staggering £161,653,000. That's roughly equivalent to the GDP of Micronesia.

And despite being rich enough to head off into the sunset and never give their Glasgow roots another thought, they decided to put some money back into the place they came from by making a donation to fund the building of a new youth academy.

Chris and Colin have ploughed £750,000 of their winnings into the new Thistle Weir Youth Academy, which will cater for the needs of 120 youth team players whilst also providing a range of football activities for the local community in the surrounding Maryhill area.

“As longstanding fans of Partick Thistle, we were aware of the club’s ambitions to create a new youth academy,” Colin told the Daily Record.

“What impressed us was that it wouldn't just be for elite players but would also encourage local youngsters into football for the sheer enjoyment and fun of it."

The donation marks the couple’s second foray into football altruism having already paid £750,000 for a new pitch at local youth team Largs Thistle.

“Having seen the club’s determination to get this project off the ground, we decided that as we were in a position to offer financial assistance, we wanted to help them achieve their dream,” added 64-year-old Colin.

The academy will be run by former Thistle player and manager Gerry Britton, who takes on the role of Head of Youth development.

“This is a chance to give hundreds of kids the opportunity to get involved in football, for fun or by creating a path to professional football for others,” said Britton, who will run the academy alongside his existing job as a solicitor.

“There is huge potential pool of talent out there and it’s going to be our job at the Thistle Weir Youth Academy to find youngsters and give them everything they need to become the professional footballers of the future that the club and the sport need.”

The decision to pump some of that win into their local club has come as a much needed boost - even if the sum they've donated is seems rather small in light of the fact that they'll have earned around five times the amount in interest alone since their big win.

Still, it's not easy finding meaningful ways to spend such huge sums of cash. The Daily Telegraph once suggested that they could have bestowed each resident of their seaside town, Largs, with £14,323; or else bought 80 Islands of Cumbrae, just off the coast from Largs.

All in all, the decision to help out Partick Thistle looks a good one.

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