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Steve Clarke

That the Parliament congratulates Steve Clarke on being named the head coach of the Scotland men’s national football team, and wishes him well in his role and every success in the qualifying campaign for the upcoming European Championship in 2020, of which Scotland is one of the host nations.

Supported by: Emma Harper, George Adam, Monica Lennon, John Mason, Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Stewart Stevenson, James Kelly, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Mark McDonald, Alasdair Allan, Alex Neil, Alex Rowley, David Torrance

Good Luck to Scotland's Women's Football Team

That the Parliament notes the announcement by the Scotland’s women’s football team coach, Shelley Kerr, of the 23 women chosen for their historic involvement in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, and congratulates them on this honour; acknowledges that Rachel Corsie has been appointed as captain and wishes the whole squad every success at the upcoming tournament; notes that the first game is against England on 9 June and that before this the team plays Jamaica in a friendly on 28 May, and supports calls from the SFA to "raise the roof" at Hampden Park and give the team a good send off to this historic event.

Supported by: Liz Smith, James Kelly, Stuart McMillan, Murdo Fraser, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Mark McDonald, Angela Constance, Jenny Gilruth, Annie Wells, Richard Lyle, Donald Cameron, Tom Arthur, Stewart Stevenson

Three Peak Challenge Completed in Memory of Connor McDade

That the Parliament congratulates everyone who helped raise £1,146 for the national road safety charity, Brake, in memory of Connor McDade from Coatbridge, by completing the Three Peak Challenge, which involves reaching the summit of Ben Nevis as well as the highest mountains in Wales and England, Mount Snowdon and Scafell Pike; notes that Connor tragically lost his life aged 21 after being hit by a car in Newcastle; acknowledges that Brake is dedicated to preventing road death and injury and supports people who are left bereaved or injured following accidents; commends Connor’s close family and friends who embarked on their journey from Coatbridge on 1 May 2019 and completed it two days later; notes that, to date, they have raised almost £5,000 for three great causes, Brake, Organ Donations and The Prince’s Trust, and praises them for their admirable contribution to charity.

Supported by: Sandra White, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Elaine Smith, Bob Doris, Jenny Gilruth, Emma Harper, Joan McAlpine, Stewart Stevenson, Gil Paterson, Gillian Martin, Tom Arthur, Maureen Watt

Albion Rovers FC

That the Parliament congratulates Albion Rovers FC on winning its fight to stay in the Scottish professional football league; applauds the endeavour of the manager, Kevin Harper, his management team, and all the players on making this achievement possible; notes that 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the club playing at its current home at Cliftonhill Stadium; further notes with sadness that the club suffered tragedy in March 2019 when the goalkeeping coach, Michael Duke, passed away; acknowledges the overwhelming recent support and good will that the club has received from across Coatbridge, from community organisations, businesses, local celebrities and politicians among others, and wishes the club every success in the future.

Supported by: Monica Lennon, Bill Kidd, Rona Mackay, Stuart McMillan, Dean Lockhart, Sandra White, Richard Lyle, George Adam, Bob Doris, David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, Clare Adamson, Stewart Stevenson, Tom Arthur, Maureen Watt

Double Win for The Mad Batter Bakery and Coffee Shop

That the Parliament congratulates the owners, Graeme Neil and David Frame, and staff of The Mad Batter Bakery and Coffee Shop, which is in Coatbridge, on winning the Bakery of the Year South West Region and The Bakery of the Year Overall Winner in the ninth Scottish Independent Retail Awards at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow on 9 April 2019; praises all those at the bakery for their hard work and determination that contributed toward this double win, and wishes them continued success for the future.

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Tom Arthur, Gillian Martin, Gail Ross, Clare Adamson

Amnesty International’s Football Welcomes Weekend

That the Parliament notes Amnesty International’s Football Welcomes weekend of action, which will take place on 27-28 April 2019; recognises that the purpose of the campaign is to highlight the contribution that refugees have made to football in Scotland and the UK, while encouraging clubs, communities and people around the country to make refugees and asylum seekers feel welcome by participating in sport to build social inclusion; notes that Football Welcomes is part of Amnesty International's "I Welcome" campaign, which calls for a better international response to the refugee crisis, and encourages communities to welcome and support people fleeing conflict and persecution; understands that football clubs from across Scotland, including from the Scottish Premiership, non-league and grassroots will take part in the weekend by organising a range of activities, including inviting refugees and asylum seekers to a game and hosting stadium tours and matches at their grounds, and congratulates football clubs across the country on their involvement in the campaign.

Supported by: David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Rona Mackay, Stuart McMillan, Emma Harper, Richard Lyle, Sandra White, George Adam, Gillian Martin, John Mason, Maureen Watt, John Finnie R, Jenny Gilruth, Gordon MacDonald, James Kelly, Jackie Baillie, Neil Findlay, Stewart Stevenson, Colin Smyth, Tom Arthur, Liam McArthur, Clare Adamson, Alison Johnstone

Little Learners

That the Parliament welcomes the news that Little Learners from New College Lanarkshire launched STEM Lanarkshire on 22 March 2019; understands that children from the Cumbernauld and Coatbridge campus nurseries enjoyed an action-packed morning trying out interactive activities led by students at the college at the Step into STEM event; notes that STEM Lanarkshire provides support for teachers, lecturers and educational professionals across the region to engage young people in STEM-related subjects, and that organisers of the event recognise the importance of introducing these subjects at an early age to expose learners to activities that create a STEM mindset throughout the education pipeline, and wishes everyone involved in the event success with inspiring the next generation of scientists.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Rona Mackay, Stuart McMillan, Emma Harper, Richard Lyle, Sandra White, Gillian Martin, Maureen Watt, Jenny Gilruth, Joan McAlpine, Stewart Stevenson, Tom Arthur, Clare Adamson

Coatbridge and Chryston’s New MSYPs, Elena Margiotti and Ryan Kelly

That the Parliament congratulates Elena Margiotti and Ryan Kelly on their election to represent Coatbridge and Chryston at the Scottish Youth Parliament; acknowledges what it sees as the crucial role that MSYPs and the youth parliament play in representing the views of young people and in creating a society that best serves the interests of all age groups; believes that Elena and Ryan will provide excellent representation for their constituents, and wishes them the very best for their terms of office.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Margaret Mitchell, Bob Doris, Richard Lyle, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Joan McAlpine, Gillian Martin, Jenny Gilruth, Gil Paterson, Gail Ross, Clare Adamson, Maureen Watt, Tom Arthur, Ruth Maguire

The Mad Batter Bakery and Coffee Shop, Coatbridge

That the Parliament congratulates The Mad Batter Bakery and Coffee Shop, which is in Coatbridge, on being shortlisted in the south west region Bakery of the Year category at the 9th Scottish Independent Retail Awards, which will take place on 9 April 2019 at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel; praises its owners, Graeme Neil and David Frame, and the staff, on their hard work, which has helped create the shop's unique and innovative bakery products; believes that the nomination is recognition of the determination of Graeme and David, who opened the business less than 18 months ago, to create a niche service in the area, and wishes everyone an enjoyable evening at the ceremony and the very best with their endeavours.

Supported by: David Torrance, Sandra White, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Jenny Gilruth, Joan McAlpine, Gillian Martin, Stewart Stevenson, Tom Arthur, Ruth Maguire

Kier Construction Working with British Heart Foundation

That the Parliament commends the management and staff of Kier Construction, the Scottish head office of which is located in Stepps in the Coatbridge and Chryston constituency; notes that the team has raised over £6,500 in a 10-month period so far towards lifesaving research, and welcomes that, in four months, the company has trained 69 members of its team, which is 47% of its Scottish workforce, in CPR, a lifesaving skill that gives people the confidence to act when they witness a cardiac arrest, and will hep to improve survival rates.

Supported by: David Torrance, Miles Briggs, Rona Mackay, Gordon Lindhurst, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Richard Lyle, Maureen Watt, Jenny Gilruth, Gillian Martin, Gil Paterson, Tom Arthur, Ruth Maguire

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