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Scottish arm wrestling champion Sean Paterson is a man on a mission – to win more titles and bring the British title back to his home town.

The unassuming sportsman already holds the Scottish title and is also the number 2 in Britain – but he wants to grab that British number one spot with both hands

He is already in training to defend his Scottish title and hopes to move up to number one in Britain this year.

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He knows it won’t be easy but is up for the challenge and is looking for some big-hearted businessman to come up with sponsorship to help him on his way.

Sean, 36, who lives in Kilpatrick Avenue in Paisley, is being backed by Renfrewshire Sport Charity in his bid and trains almost daily at the Pro-Life Fitness Centre which they run.

The charity has pledged sponsorship to help Sean achieve his goal but the successful Buddie is still looking for another major sponsor to help him out with costs for travelling and competing.

Sean says it’s tough to find sponsors as the sport –which is big in Poland, Russia, Eastern European countries and America – just doesn’t have the same support and high profile here.

Sean, who took up the sport four years ago, said: “It was great to lift the overall Scottish title and then come second in the British right and left arm 85 kilos.

“I would love to go on and win that one this year and keep my Scottish title so I really can’t let up on the training which is quite specialised.

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“When most people think about arm wrestling they think it all comes down to how strong you are or how strong your arms are. Grip strength and forearm power is needed, but technique plays a huge part as well.

“Big guys get beat by people like me – half their size – because their technique isn’t good enough.  I come to Pro-Life and do weights and bench presses, pulling exercises.

“Arm wrestlers need to do specific kinds of training workouts that can really help your skills and bring power into your arms.

“As far as I’m concerned bicep curls, wrist curls, grip work, static holds and speed work using power bands and table time are the most important exercises for any arm wrestler.

“I’ve developed a lot of my own training exercises and forearm routines and they seem to be working well for me.”

Gayle Brannigan, chief executive at RSC, said: “Sean has been part of the Pro-Life family for years and we are all delighted with his success and right behind him as he goes on to achieve even more.

“The charity strives to support Renfrewshire’s sporting stars and we will do whatever we can to help Sean out. I just hope someone else comes along too to join us in making sure a champion we should all be proud of has the backing he needs.”

Hundreds of Pro-Lifers have been queuing up to challenge good sport Sean including another Scottish hero – boxing champ Kris Carslaw – and some of the mighty Trojans American Football team.

And he will take them all on again later this year to raise money for charity.

If you can help Sean with sponsorship email

Kelburne HC

Two of Paisley’s oldest clubs are sticking together for another season in a successful partnership that spans more than a decade.

Kelburne Hockey Club is today celebrating a new sponsorship deal with the town’s Pro-Life Fitness Centre which is run by the recently launched Renfrewshire Sports Charity.

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Pro-Life is sponsoring the men’s 3rd 4th and 5th X1 and the ladies 2nd and 3rd X1 and has just supplied the club with some 200 warm-up tops.

As part of the deal Kelburne members also get help with their fitness regimes and nutritional plans as well as preferential rates on membership.

First team player and sponsorship convener Iain Schofield said: “Pro-Life Fitness Centre and Kelburne’s relationship goes back many years and this season sees them supporting a number of teams within Kelburne.

“The Men’s 3rd, 4th, 5th XI teams are a mixture of older players and young developing talent. Similarly the Ladies 2nd and 3rd XI squads have a strong mix of youth and experience which we encourage at the club.

“So it is fantastic that Pro-Life are backing us again in such a generous manner. Without this type of support we could not offer the people of Paisley and elsewhere in Renfrewshire what we do just now. We are a community club and just like Pro-Life we treat all our members as family.”

He added: “Pro-Life has been good to us over the years and we hope this relationship goes on for a long time to come.”

Gayle Brannigan, CEO of RSC, said: “Pro-Life’s bond with Kelburne goes back a long way and we are delighted to be sponsoring the five squads for another year. As well as providing the tops our teamof experts are on hand to help with fitness plans and nutritional advice.

“When RSC was launched we pledged to use the profits to boost funds to our two hospices – ACCORD and St Vincent’s – but also to support Renfrewshire’s rising sports stars and that’s what we are doing here. Both clubs are doing their bit by supporting the local community and I am delighted to carry on our long association with Kelburne.”

The latest sponsorship award from Pro-Life comes hot on the heels of a new deal with the Paisley Pirates.

Pictured: Kelburne coaches Iain Schofield, Ian Wilson, Steven Robbie, Ewan Carmichael, Craig Morton and Michael Nicol sealed the deal with Gayle Brannigan

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Renfrewshire Sports Charity Open Day

EVERY Buddie is invited along to party and soak up the free entertainment, fun and food on Sunday (June 15) at a special celebration to mark the launch of the newly formed Renfrewshire Sports Charity.

There will be something for everyone at the summer BBQ and Open Day at Pro-Life in Paisley which is operated by the charity to raise funds for ACCORD and St Vincent’s hospices.


The centre in New Sneddon Street will be rocking as the doors open on the first big event to put RSC in the spotlight with cheerleading from the fabulous Rockettes, live music from Entertainment Express and pony rides for the kids.

There’s also a children’s entertainer, face painting, games and bouncy castles for younger visitors to enjoy as they whoop it up for hours of endless fun at the big bash which kicks off at noon and will run right through to 6pm.

Dads can celebrate Father’s Day too showing off their footballing skills by taking part in any one of a number of keepie-uppie competitions and fighting it out to be crowned champion for the day following in the footsteps of keepie-up king Johnstone’s Graeme Lightbody.

And with a complimentary buffet, BBQ and drinks as visitors arrive organisers are hoping to see hundreds of folk from all over Renfrewshire turn up hungry to enjoy the free fun experience.

Gayle Brannigan, chief executive of RSC, said: “It’s party time at Pro-Life to put Renfrewshire Sports Charity in the spotlight and we want everyone to come along and have a fabulous time in a carnival atmosphere. It is going to be a great day with a busy programme of events and loads to do and enjoy.

“All folk have to do is give us a call and we will organise their complimentary passes for this event.

“The members of Pro-Life gym are playing a major role in supporting our hospices right here in the heart of Renfrewshire by helping us raise vital funds for people who need the specialised care both St Vincent’s and ACCORD give at one of the most devastating times in any families’ lives.


“Every pound profit from every membership will go to the hospices that need thousands of pounds every week just to keep going. Our charity is working hard every day for our hospices and we hope this summer BBQ and open day will help introduce us to those who don’t yet know about our work.

“We want to see the place buzzing on Sunday so there’s an open invitation to come along and join our party. All folk have to do is give us a call and we will organise their complimentary passes for a great day out.”

Helen Simpson, chief executive at ACCORD, said: “We are excited and delighted to be chosen by Renfrewshire Sports Charity to be the recipients of their fund raising efforts. It is an exciting time for all of us.”

Kate Lennon, chief executive at St Vincent’s, added: “It’s thrilling that the hospice is going to benefit from the work of the new charity which is sharing its profits between the two hospices. By working out and keeping healthy at Pro-Life people are supporting us.”

All you have to do to get your complimentary tickets to the big event is call Pro-Life on 0141-889-5027 and give staff your name.

Renfrewshire Sports Charity was set up after Pro-Life owner Alex Whelan gifted his successful gym to them to be operated to raise cash for ACCORD and St Vincent’s hospices.


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Council Leader gets training back on track for 10K

With less than four weeks to go until Paisley 10K, Renfrewshire Council’s Leader is making a final push with his training for the big race.

Council Leader Derek Mackay paid a visit to race sponsors Pro-Life for a session in the gym to get his training back on track after summer holidays.

Cllr Mackay said: “I have to admit I’ve let my training slide a bit over the summer due to holidays and various other things getting in the way. Now that I’ve realised there’s only a few weeks left I’ve decided to step up my game. The Paisley 10k is sponsored by both Pro-Life and Renfrewshire Leisure, so really I’ve got no excuse.”

Pro-Life’s managing director Gayle Brannigan oversaw the training session. She said “We are delighted to be supporting the Paisley 10K this year. This is a huge sporting event for people in Renfrewshire and beyond. I’m sure plenty of our members will be taking part and we’ll be backing them and Derek Mackay all the way.”

While on his visit to Pro-Life, Cllr Mackay also stopped in at Good 2 Run, the on-site running and fitness sportswear shop, for some expert advice on what he should be wearing on his feet on the big day too.

He added: “I knew I needed a new pair of trainers so it was great to get some proper advice. I ended up buying myself a new pair so now I’m ready for the big day.”

Good 2 Run will be in County Square on the day of the Paisley 10k offering free gait analysis checks to all competitors and spectators on the day.

There’s still time to enter both the Paisley 10k and fun run and receive a discount on the entry fee. There is also a discount for groups entering the 10k with one person going free in every group of five.

Paisley 10k and fun run takes place on Sunday 29th August. Starting in County Square, Paisley, right next to Paisley Gilmour Street railway station.

To sign up for the Paisley 10k or fun run go to