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2017 Festival of Football all set to kick-off

The 2017 Live Borders Festival of Football, sponsored by NFU Mutual, Newtown St Boswells will take place this Sunday at the 3G Arena in Galashiels.

Over 120 teams are expected to participate in the event which will feature matches for girls and boys aged from 5 to 17 and, once again, includes a girl’s section which continues to grow in numbers.

In total, counting competitors and spectators, over 2500 people are expected to attend.

This year’s event continues the partnership with Live Borders, the Scottish Borders Junior Football Association and Scottish H.A.R.T to commemorate the death of Selkirk teenager, Cameron Gunn. A special minute of applause will take place preceding the SBJFA age 15s final, the winners of which receive the Cameron Gunn Cup.

Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive, Live Borders said: “This event has gone from strength to strength and is now the largest Football Festival of its kind in Scotland.

“Each year new elements have been added and it represents a fabulous showcase of football at all levels from playing for fun and fitness to highly competitive matches for cups and trophies.

“It takes our team months of hard work to organise the event but always in the forefront of their minds is the memory of Cameron Gunn, who died aged just 19 whilst playing football.

“We are delighted to continue to work with Cameron’s parents, Wilma and Kenneth Gunn, to use this event to raise money for the charity, Scottish Heart who raise awareness of childhood heart conditions.”

Participating teams at this year’s event come from across the region and will include junior football clubs connected to: Ancrum, Chirnside, Coldstream, Duns, Earlston, Eyemouth, Gala Fairydean Rovers, Hawick, Kelso, Lauderdale, Leithen Rovers, Linton Hotspur, Melrose, Peebles, Selkirk and Tweedbank Thistle.

In addition to fun matches the Festival includes the Scottish Borders Junior Football Association Finals in the 13s, 14s and 15s/16s age brackets.

Richard Forsyth of NFU Mutual, Newtown St Boswells said: ‘We are delighted to be sponsoring this fantastic event which brings youngsters from all parts of the Borders together to play football and have a great day out.

“We hope that the event is a huge success and look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday.”

The Festival will also host the Live Borders Play Village where competitors and attending children can be entertained and enjoy activities including an Inflatable Football Speed Shot and Football Skill competition in partnership with Ostles Tyres and Continental.

The Live Borders Festival of Football, sponsored by NFU Mutual Newtown St Boswells will take place on Sunday, June 11th at the 3G arena in Galashiels. SBJFA finals kick-off at 10.30am with Festival matches from 12 noon. All welcome.

Other Information:

Parking: 

Please note that parking will be available on a first come, first come - first served basis. Parking can be accessed at the Netherdale complex carpark adjacent to the football stadium and Scottish Borders Campus. Additional parking is available at Boleside. 

Accessibility:

The grass pitches are wheelchair accessible, however, care is advised in the event of any wet weather.

Weather:

Despite the recent adverse weather, forecasts indicate that Sunday should remain dry. Event organisers will update spectators and participants of any change at the earliest opportunity. 

Questions & Queries

For any further information please contact Live Borders Football Development Officer, Drew Kelly: dkelly@liveborders.org.uk 07776471878, or Sports Development Manager, John McBay jmcbay@liveborders.org.uk 07887471121.