Saturday night’s all right

SATURDAY night will be football night next month when the Street Night Football project, run by Borders Sport & Leisure Trust (BSLT) and the Scottish Football Association (SFA), launches at the Queens Centre in Galashiels.

The aim of the project is to offer youngsters the opportunity to take part in informal football fives sessions on Saturday nights, giving them something to do, taking them off the streets and keeping them fit and active.

The project is part of the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities scheme, which benefits youngsters by reinvesting proceeds of crime back into the community. This gives the kids the best opportunity to follow a positive and rewarding future, away from antisocial behaviour.

BSLT sports development officer Andy Lawrie, who organises the event, said: “Street Night is really about having fun. There is no specialised coaching involved and it is really informal, which makes the sessions as enjoyable and inclusive as possible.

“The Street Nights that have been held so far have been a big success, so we are really pleased to be able to give more youngsters the opportunity to take part.”

All the sessions are free of charge.

The events will be held on Saturday nights for three weeks, beginning on October 15 from 6.30-8.30pm.

The sessions are open to 10-16-year-olds who can turn up on the night, or alternatively, download an application form from www.sportborders.org.uk to enter a team.