CELTIC Tour Guide, Matt Corr certainly knows his history, it’s an integral part of his job here at Celtic Park.
He understands the importance of the club’s charitable origins and how Celtic FC Foundation continues to play such a vital role today.
That’s why this November, Matt will take part in the New York Marathon, aiming to help raise awareness and funds for Celtic FC Foundation.
Matt, who joined the club’s tours team in March, said: “The story of why this club was founded is a special one and something I’m always keen to put emphasis on during my tours.
“I’m extremely proud of the charitable ethos we have here and think it’s great that Celtic FC Foundation is such an integral part of the club 130 years on, and we’re still doing the right thing and assisting people that maybe need that helping hand.”
Matt, who began running for charity after the loss of his parents in 2003, has now completed three of the big six marathons, with Berlin, Dublin and London all under his belt and he now feels that the New York event provides the perfect chance to do his bit for Celtic FC Foundation.
“I have been doing running events for charity for a while now but had been keen to do something for the Foundation. After I joined the club as a Tour Guide, I decided this was the ideal opportunity and thought the New York Marathon was the perfect event for this.
“Celtic have such a great following over there and I know that plenty of people will recognise the Celtic FC Foundation T-shirt while I’m running.”
Preparation is well underway for Matt having already completed the Edinburgh Half-Marathon in May, as well as the unique Tromso Midnight Sun Run in June.
“The Midnight Sun Run was incredible. It’s the northernmost certified marathon festival in the world. Due to the fact that they have permanent sunshine at that time of the year, the half-marathon begins at 10.30pm so runners cross the finishing line after midnight. It’s a really unique experience.
“I wore my Foundation T-shirt for that race and even in Norway it drew some comments from the crowd like ‘Celtic!’ and ‘C’mon the Hoops’.
“It was the ideal prep for New York and I’ll continue to build up my training over the next few months.”
Having previously completed a marathon in around five hours, Matt would be delighted to beat his personal best, however, he was keen to highlight that the motivations for taking on this challenge meant more to him than his completion time.
“In terms of a target time it’s not too important to me. My main aim is just to raise some awareness and some money for Celtic FC Foundation.”
You can support Matt’s efforts by donating HERE
If you’d like to get your running shoes on for Celtic FC Foundation, why not register for the Great Scottish Run at http://greatscottishrun.com/events/ and then contact us to receive your fundraising pack on 0141 551 4204 or email [email protected]
Or if you’d like to arrange your own fundraising event please feel free to contact us.