Borders Festival of Football welcomes 2,500 players and spectators

SBJFA U13's Cup Final . (Gala Fairydean v Hawick). Winners Gala Fairydean
SBJFA U13's Cup Final . (Gala Fairydean v Hawick). Winners Gala Fairydean

Over 1,000 primary school aged children from across the Borders participated in the 10th Borders Sport and Leisure Festival of Football yesterday.

The annual event is one of biggest participation events in the region and the largest event of its kind in Scotland.

A record 114 teams took part at Netherdale with games taking place on a round robin basis. The event also featured the cup finals of the SBJFA for U13s, U14s, U15s, and U17s on the 3G Arena Netherdale pitch.

The event is organised by Borders Sport & Leisure in conjunction with the SBJFA and honours the memory of Selkirk teenager, Cameron Gunn, who died whilst playing football aged 19 in 1991.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Borders Sport and Leisure, said: “This was a fantastic day and it is brilliant to see this event go from strength to strength.

About 2,500 people attended the festival between competitors and supporters, the largest number to date. This festival plays a key role in encouraging Primary School pupils to play football and it was really rewarding to see so many young people enjoying competitive sport.”

Drew Kelly, Scottish FA development officer, said: “This year’s festival was a huge success with all the children playing the game in great spirit and showing some impressive skills. The event is supported by the teams and officials involved in the SBJFA league and represents the pinnacle of their season. We are really grateful for all the help and support they provided on the day.”

Full match reports and photos from each final will be in TheSouthern this Thursday.

SBJFA cup final results:

Under 13s – Jack Gilchrist Cup, Gala 2-1 Hawick (after extra time); Under 14s – Bruce Scott Cup, Gala 2-5 Eyemouth (after extra time); Under 15s - Cameron Gunn Cup, Gala Fairydean 6-1 Selkirk; Under 17s Chris Doyle Cup, Duns 3-1 Hawick.