Football Festival Features Cameron Gunn 25th Anniversary Memorial
The biggest ever Live Borders Festival of Football, sponsored by NFU Mutual Newtown St Boswells took place on Sunday June 5th at the 3G Arena and Netherdale pitches in Galashiels.
Nearly 130 local teams participated in the event which featured matches for girls and boys aged from 6 to 17 years. In total, between competitors and spectators, 3,000 people attended the popular event, which is the largest grassroots football festival in Europe.
This year’s event was especially poignant as it marked the 25th anniversary of the death of Selkirk teenager, Cameron Gunn. One of the Scottish Borders Junior Football Association (SBJFA) finals, the U15’s played between Lauderdale JFC and Hawick Youth FC, was played in his memory. A special minute of applause was observed preceding the game, which Hawick Youth won, 3 - Nil, before they were awarded the Cameron Gunn Memorial Trophy.
Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive of Live Borders said: “We’re delighted that the Festival of Football continues to attract such high levels of participation and support from football enthusiasts throughout the Scottish Borders. The excitement of the SBJFA finals is infectious and it’s great to see the teams give their all”.
This year the event welcomed Fife’s Woman’s team who played against Hawick based, Borders Woman’s team. The Fifers won the tie and the enthusiasm of the players and spectators gave testament to the continued popularity of the woman’s game within the Scottish Borders.
Ewan Jackson continued: “This festival plays a key role in encouraging people of all ages and sexes to play football. We are really excited to be supporting the development of the woman’s and girls’ game through the work our Scottish FA Development Officer. Watching both the woman’s and girls’ teams play at the Festival of Football is, in some respects, seeing this in action”.
Richard Forsyth, Senior Partner Agent and Group Secretary, from NFU Mutual at Newtown St Boswells said: “It was great to see so many young boys and girls from all over The Borders enjoying a fun and friendly day of football. We are delighted to be sponsoring this event and look forward to furthering that relationship over the next 2 years”.
SBJFA finals and scores
13's Jack Gilchrist Cup. Kelso 5 Hawick 2
14's Bruce Scott memorial Trophy Hawick 4 Gala 1
15's Cameron Gunn Memorial Trophy Hawick 3 Lauder 0
17's Chris Doyle Memorial Trophy Kelso 2 Gala 0