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Gym owner backs amputee international playing in goal for Scotland



A big-hearted Lanarkshire gym owner is backing an amputee footballer to keep out the opposition as Scotland’s international team kicks off their European Nations League group games this weekend.

Steven Tully, who only has one arm, was selected to play goalkeeper for the Scotland National Amputee Football squad, and they have been drawn in Group D alongside the Netherlands, Albania, Azerbaijan, Hungary, and Kosovo.

The 36-year-old Hamilton man has been working with personal trainer Steven McMillan, the owner of Bravehearts Boxing Gym in the town’s Low Waters Road, for more than six years.

On hearing of the goalkeeper’s involvement with the Scotland National Amputee Football team, he decided to back him financially with sponsorship, and stepped up his gruelling sessions in preparation for the tournament.

Taking place at Dalgety Bay Sport & Leisure Centre in Fife, the inaugural event will be the biggest international para-football tournament of its kind to take place in Scotland.

The Scotland squad is made up of 11 individuals each with a lower or upper limb amputation. They will play 10 matches played across two days in the exhilarating tournament.

Steven McMillan and his team at Bravehearts pride themselves on catering for people of all fitness levels and abilities, and provide everything from boxing circuit classes and personal training to fitness challenges and outdoor events. In recent years clients have signed up for events including; bagging Ben Nevis, camping on Tinto Hill, swimming across Loch Lomond, and cycling from Bravehearts Boxing Gym to John O’Groats.

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