Football Festival to feature Cameron Gunn 25th Anniversary Memorial
The 2016 Live Borders Festival of Football, sponsored by NFU Mutual Newtown St Boswells will take place on Sunday June 5th 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 6 to 17 and include the Disability Football Festival and for the first time, walking football for those aged 50+.
In total between competitors and spectators, over 2500 people are expected to attend.
This year’s event also marks the 25th anniversary of 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 of 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: Ancrum Junior Football Club, Chirnside Junior Football Club, Coldstream Junior Football Club, Duns Junior Football Club, Earlston Junior Football Club, Eyemouth Junior Football Club, Gala Fairydean Rovers Junior Football Club, Gala Fairydean Rovers Youth Football Club, Greenlaw Junior Football Club, Hawick Junior Football Club, Kelso Junior Football Club, Lauderdale Junior Football Club, Leithen Rovers Junior Football Club, Linton Hotspur Colts Football Club, Melrose Junior Football Club, Peebles Junior Football Club, Peebles Rovers Football Club, Selkirk Junior Football Club, St Boswells Junior Football Club and Tweedbank Thistle Junior Football Club.
In addition to fun matches the Festival includes the Scottish Borders Junior Football Association Finals in the 13s, 14s, 15s and 17s 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 June 5th’.
The Festival will also host the Live Borders Play Village where competitors and attending children can be entertained and enjoy activities including an Inflatable Fun Run and Football Speed Shot competition.
The Live Borders Festival of Football, sponsored by NFU Mutual Newtown St Boswells will take place on Sunday June 5th at the 3G arena in Galashiels. SBJFA finals kick-off at 10am with Festival matches from 12 noon. All are welcome.