Biggest grassroots festival in Europe

Action from Sunday's Live Borders festival of Football.
Action from Sunday's Live Borders festival of Football.

The biggest ever Live Borders Festival of Football, sponsored by NFU Mutual Newtown St Boswells took place on Sunday at the 3G Arena and Netherdale pitches in Galashiels.

Nearly 130 local teams, including many from Berwickshire, participated in the event which featured matches for girls and boys aged from 6-17 years. In total, between competitors and spectators, 3,000 people attended what is now the largest grassroots football festival in Europe.

This year’s event marked the 25th anniversary of the death of Selkirk teenager, Cameron Gunn. One of the Scottish Borders Junior Football Association (SBJFA) finals, the U15s between Lauder and Hawick, was played in his memory and special minute of applause was observed preceding the game.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Live Borders said: “We’re delighted that the Festival continues to attract such high levels of participation and support from throughout the 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 the 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 in the Borders.

SBJFA finals scores were: 13s - Kelso 5 Hawick 2, 14s Hawick 4 Gala 1, 15s Hawick 3 Lauder 0, 17s Kelso 2 Gala 0.