Scotland goalkeeper lends a hand at primary school in Malawi

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon enjoyed a kickabout with schoolchildren in Malawi as he saw the work being done by Scottish charity Mary’s Meals.

The Scotland international footballer joined youngsters at Mbinda Primary School in Blantyre for a game of football after filling up on a mug of phala, or porridge, which is provided for pupils each day.

Mary’s Meals began by feeding 200 children in Malawi in 2002 and now provides meals to more than a million youngsters in 18 countries including Zambia, South Sudan and Haiti.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon
Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon

Gordon said: “It was great to see the work of Mary’s Meals in action and to meet some of the people who make it possible.

“It’s a very well-run school and a huge amount of phala was made. It tasted good.

“After that there was time for some ball games, which of course I had to join in with.”

Daniel Adams, UK executive director for Mary’s Meals, said: “As Craig has seen, a simple mug of porridge can make a big difference – giving children the energy to concentrate in class and, on this occasion, enjoy a game of football with a Scotland international player.

“Mary’s Meals gives children the chance to gain an all-important education and to realise their dreams.

“Perhaps even that they too might play football for their country one day.”

Malawi is home to Mary’s Meals’ largest school feeding programme, reaching 32% of primary school-aged children, according to the charity.