Teachers on tour for African school funds

Tony Smith, left and Alan Taylor of Webster's High, Kirriemuir, arrived at Station Park, Forfar, on Tuesday evening marking their 25th Premier Team Ground on a fundraising effort for the school's Litein Project. The two lads are visiting every premier ground in Scotland on a cycle run round Scotland.
Tony Smith, left and Alan Taylor of Webster's High, Kirriemuir, arrived at Station Park, Forfar, on Tuesday evening marking their 25th Premier Team Ground on a fundraising effort for the school's Litein Project. The two lads are visiting every premier ground in Scotland on a cycle run round Scotland.

Two Webster’s High School teachers are nearing the end of an incredible bike journey visiting all the premier league football grounds in Scotland.

We caught up with Alan Taylor and Tony Smith on Monday as they were making their way from Newton Stewart to Annan.

They are steadily heading north east and will be in Dundee on Friday morning.

They are hoping to be joined by a group of supporters on the final leg of their incredible journey from Dundee to Arbroath, meeting on the cycle path at Broughty Ferry.

They hope to arrive at Gayfield at 11 a.m. - marking the completion of a 1,000 mile tour of Scotland which started in Fort William on Thursday, June 27.

While their colleagues at Webster’s will be enjoying their school break, the daring duo have relied on pedal power to visit 12 SPL clubs, 30 SFL grounds and 18 Highland league clubs.

They have kept a fascinating and amusing insight of their journey on facebook - www.facebook.com/roundthegrounds - where they will post final times and details of a meeting point for Friday.

The pair put together their own Tour de Ecosse to raise funds for Webster’s school exchange with Litein High School in north west Kenya.

Tony, a maths teacher and Alan, a physic teacher, hope to raise between £1,000 and £1,500 by their efforts.

As they continued to head for home on Monday, Tony said: “It’s going very well - much better than we expected.

“We have 10 more grounds to visit and hope people will come and meet us on Friday and join us from Dundee to Arbroath.”

The pair are travelling alone with no support team and have stayed in a variety of establishments from travel inns, bed and breakfasts and with family and friends.