Tree-mendous effort, Amelia!

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Lilliesleaf Primary School pupil Amelia Purkis was on the ball when it came to a national competition.

For nine-year-old Amelia’s design was chosen from more than 2,000 to be made into the strips worn by teams playing in the Forest Pitch games on July 21.

Shona Robison MSP, minister for Commonwealth Games and sport, made the announcement in the Hall of Fame at the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park, Glasgow, on Tuesday, where their designs will be on display until July 15.

The £500,000 Lottery-funded project, one of 12 ventures commissioned by Creative Scotland, sees the creation of a full-size football pitch hidden deep within a commercial forest near Selkirk alongside the A699 road to St Boswells, and a game played to ‘encapsulate the spirit of the modern Olympic movement’.

Artist Craig Coulthard’s piece aims to explore themes of nationhood, community, landscape and memory, while also creating ‘a memorable sporting occasion and a special place that can be revisited and re-experienced for years after the match day’.

Amelia is pictured on the site of the Forest Pitch near Selkirk.

Full story, page 13.

photograph: alastair watson