Young players try out the night life

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A Street Night football tournament is being launched next month – with high hopes it could become an annual event.

The Scottish FA and Scottish Borders Council are behind the free-to-enter five-a-side competition which is open to boys and girls aged 10 to 19, on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9.

Six qualifying tournaments will take place in Selkirk, Kelso, Hawick, Galashiels, Peebles and Eyemouth with two teams from each age group qualifying for the finals on Friday, July 15 at Netherdale, Galashiels.

Teams will be split into three age groups – 10-13, 14-16 and 17-19 – and the finals night will see the use of inflatable pitches, with trophies presented to the winners of the older two age groups.

SBC sports development officer Andy Lawrie said: “This is a great opportunity for children to come along and play football in a fun and safe environment in their local areas.

“We have based the event on our highly successful midnight leagues that run through the winter.

“We are hoping to have 36 teams taking place in the finals on July 15 which will make it a great event for anyone involved.

“If the event is successful we are hoping to run it on an annual basis.”

Executive member for sport, culture and community learning, councillor Graham Garvie, added: “Street Night is all about having fun.

“There is no specialised coaching involved and it is really informal. This makes the sessions as enjoyable and inclusive as possible.

“The street football 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.”

For any further information or to enter a team contact Andy Lawrie on 01896 756274.

Entry forms are available on www.sportborders.org.uk and should be returned to the Sports Development Unit, St John Street, Galashiels, TD1 3JX, by no later than July 1.