Over 100 football teams from across the Borders took part in the 2015 Borders Sport and Leisure Festival of Football held at the 3G Arena in Galashiels on Sunday.
BSL welcomed 105 teams to the event with players aged from 6-12 years. In addition, eight teams attended to contest the Scottish Borders Junior Football Association Finals in the age 13, 14, 15 and 17 categories which are held annually in memory of Selkirk teenager Cameron Gunn.
It was the 12th Festival of its kind hosted by Borders Sport and Leisure. The organisation’s chief executive, Ewan Jackson said: “This event is always a fantastic day and it is brilliant to see it go from strength to strength, with around 2,500 competitors and supporters attending.
“This Festival plays a key role in encouraging primary school age pupils to play football and it is always really rewarding to see so many young people enjoying the sport.”
Scottish FA development officer, Drew Kelly added: “This year’s Festival of Football has definitely been the most successful to date. As well as having more teams playing than ever before, the Festival also included a girls-only and disability football section.
“With UEFA and FIFA both recognising the impact of this Festival, it has grown to become the biggest single day event in Europe to cater for all areas of grassroots football.”
Clubs present at this year’s Festival of Football included: Ancrum JFC, Chirnside JFC, Coldstream JFC, Duns JFC, Earlston JFC, Eyemouth JFC, Gala Fairydean Rovers JFC, Gala Fairydean Rovers YFC, Greenlaw JFC, Hawick YFC, Kelso JFC, Lauderdale JFC, Leithen Vale JFC, Linton Hotspur JFC, Melrose JFC, Peebles JFC, Selkirk JFC, Tweedbank JFC.
The Scottish Borders Junior Football Association Finals saw some closely contested games with skillful play from all the teams and there were victories for Greenlaw (13s) and Duns (15s).
The results were as follows: 13s (Jack Gilchrist Cup) - Greenlaw 3 Hawick 1; 14s (Bruce Scott Cup) - Hawick 3 Kelso 0; 15s (Cameron Gunn Cup) - Duns 2 Hawick 1; 17’s (Chris Doyle Cup) - Kelso 3 Leithen Rovers 2.