Football players have teamed up with whisky workers to back a responsible drinking campaign.
The Drink Positive initiative was launched by ex-Scotland international James McFadden at an event at Hampden stadium last month.
The campaign aims to encourage fans, coaches and players to have a greater awareness of the benefits of reducing their alcohol intake.
Alcohol is currently banned from Scotland’s football stadiums but remains a major part of the culture before and after the games.
Now Elgin City FC players have voiced their support for the initiative.
They met yesterday with football club chairman Graham Tatters and distillery employees from across Speyside at the Borough Briggs stadium.
Mr Tatters said: “Football plays an integral role in communities across Scotland, none more so than in Elgin where our flourishing soccer classes attract hundreds of people every year.
“As such the club and all the coaches believe we have a collective responsibility to use the platform we have to promote a balanced approach to alcohol consumption.
“It’s important for our supporters and players to recognise the dangers of excessive drinking and we hope we can help to spread the responsible drinking message.”
The group was given the chance to see the William Hill Scottish Cup Trophy up close and learn more about the Drink Positive campaign which is being rolled out across Scotland.
Elgin City FC will play first round winners Rothes FC in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup today.
Ahead of the game, Elgin City FC Club captain Jon-Paul McGovern said: “It’s an exciting time for us as we enter the second round of the Scottish Cup and spirits are high across Moray with the local teams playing at home this weekend.
“We know that alcohol and watching football are a common pairing so it’s important for us to support Diageo and the Scottish FA in conveying such an important message.
“Using my own knowledge and experience, coupled with the Drink Positive information, I hope to encourage not only my teammates, but our loyal fans, to help tackle alcohol misuse.”
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