Kids get fired up for 11th annual Festival of Football


More than 1, 000 football mad kids dribbled, passed, controlled, shot and ran their hearts out at the 11th annual Festival of Football at Netherdale on Sunday.

While the Borders’ top teenage sides contested the Cameron Gunn Finals on Gala Fairydean Rovers’ 3G pitch, across the fence, the region’s primary school players displayed their skills for the large crowd.

U17s final DUNS V KELSO (SCORE 4-2 to DUNS)

U17s final DUNS V KELSO (SCORE 4-2 to DUNS)

Hawick sides featured heavily in the Cameron Gunn finals, which act as the cup finals for the Scottish Borders Junior Football Association age groups.

First of all, they beat Melrose 5-0 in the Under-13s, before their Under-14 side beat their hosts by the same score.

Gala regained some pride in the Under-15 final of the Cameron Gunn Cup, beating Kelso in a 4-3 thriller.

And the Chris Doyle Memorial Cup for the Under-17s went to Duns, who beat Kelso 4-2.

The event, run by Borders Sport and Leisure, continues to expand year on year and is now the biggest of its kind in Scotland.

z Meanwhile, Saturday saw the annual Alec Lucas Memorial Tournament take place at Whitestone Park in Peebles.

The event is held in the name of the former Peebles player and Royal Marine who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2008, and raises thousands of pounds for local sports charities, as well as the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

And this year, the event added more than £12,000 to its fundraising total.

The Peebles Rovers stand was also renamed the Alec Lucas Memorial Stand on the day.

The tournament was won by a Carluke Hearts side, who beat Spartans 3-1 in the final.