Neilston FC is kicking off Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week by showing their support at their upcoming West of Scotland Cup fixture.

The Farmer’s Boys take on Clydebank at Brig O’Lea on Saturday and Down's Syndrome Scotland (DSS) will be the match sponsor for the game.

The club are going to be hosting a bucket collection in aid of the charity prior to the 2pm kick-off and have committed to matching the funds raised through this.

The mascot for the game will be 16-year-old Ross Martin, who is a member of DSS.

Mark Duncan, of Neilston FC, told the Barrhead News: “The club is absolutely delighted to be affiliated with Down's Syndrome Scotland and as part of Neilston Community Sports Hub, we are committed to making sure that everyone is included in as many activities within the community as possible.

"We were so pleased when the charity accepted our invitation to be part of what is a massive game for the club and we are sure that the supporters of both Neilston and Clydebank will show their generosity in supporting our bucket collection on game day.

"Our mascot on Saturday, Ross, is an avid supporter of the club and is regularly joins us at Brig O'Lea, enjoying a pie whilst taking in a game.”

DSS, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, provides vital lifeline services to people with Down’s syndrome and their families across Scotland.

In addition to providing advice, guidance and specialist support they also promote awareness about the potential of people with the condition and address examples of inequality and discrimination.

Andrea McIntyre, fundraising manager at DSS, said: “We are delighted that Neilston have chosen to support Down’s Syndrome Scotland and take part in Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week, not only in their fundraising efforts but also by making young people with Down’s syndrome visible, valued and included members of our community.”