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Margaret moves on from Celtic

Wednesday, 10th October, 2012

(L-R): Celtic junior players Cooper Milnes, Harrison McIntyre, Kingsley McIntyre and Ben Milnes with outgoing Celtic President, Margaret Symes. (L-R): Celtic junior players Cooper Milnes, Harrison McIntyre, Kingsley McIntyre and Ben Milnes with outgoing Celtic President, Margaret Symes.

By Ben Sheffield

After eight years as a leader of the Celtic soccer club, Margaret Symes is stepping down as Club President and Junior President.

Margaret spent eight years as the Celtic Junior President and in the last three years has as added Club President to her duties.

Reflecting on her long stint with the club, Margaret says she had enjoyed her time.

"I have definitely enjoyed myself; it's been a lot of fun.

"There are some really rewarding moments, like when you see little kids with smiles on their faces after they finish a game," she said.

Margaret says the highlight of her time as President was helping to establish a soccer camp for the club's players which ran for three years.

"We held it at the racecourse and it developed life skills that the players don't get just from training.

"Each time, we stayed overnight and they were definitely some special times."

She said the club was struggling to fill the role of Junior President and was on the lookout for someone to take the position on.

"The main roles of the Junior President include putting kids into teams, helping organise training nights, making sure everything goes smoothly on Saturdays and just generally overseeing that things are going well.

"It doesn't matter if it's someone already involved with the club, or someone from outside the club.

We strongly encourage them to get involved.

"Or even if someone can't necessarily commit to being the Junior President, we are always looking for volunteers to help around the club.

"There are not enough helpers in anything these days," she said.

Despite moving on, Margaret says she will still very much be a part of the Celtic soccer club.

"I'll still be there to help anyone interested move into the position.

"I've got two boys who play in the seniors as well, so I'm definitely not going to just disappear," she said.

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