Midnight league spotlight grows brighter

FOLLOWING the success of last year’s Midnight Football Leagues in Galashiels, Hawick and Eyemouth, Scottish Borders Council and the Scottish Football Association have extended the programme to Selkirk and Peebles.

Organisers hope the new venues will help increase the opportunities for youngsters to take part in football throughout the winter period.

Council sports development officer Andy Lawrie is keen for as many youngsters as possible to take part.

He said: “Midnight League Football is really about having fun and is an alternative healthy activity for youngsters to hanging around the streets at night. There is no coaching involved and it is really informal, which makes the sessions both enjoyable and inclusive.”

Galashiels is first to get under way on January 22, Hawick and Selkirk kick off on February 11, Peebles on February 18 and Eyemouth begins on March 4.

The events are free of charge and secondary school-aged youngsters, boys and girls, can go along with SFA coaches supervising. Participants also have the chance of winning prizes, including football tops, footballs and posters.

SBC’s executive member for sport, culture and community learning, Councillor Graham Garvie, added: “Last year was a big success with over 120 youngsters taking part in the sessions across the Borders. We are really pleased to be able to give even more young people the opportunity to take part in similar events in other Border towns.”

Centre locations and dates are:

Queens Centre, Galashiels – January 22-March 26, 7-8pm (S1-S2), 8-9.30pm (S3-S6).

Hawick High School Astro – February 11-March 25, 7-9pm (S1-S6).

Eyemouth High School Games Hall – March 4-25, 7-9pm (S1-S6).

Selkirk High School Games Hall – February 11-March 25, 7-9pm (S1-S6).

The Gytes Leisure Centre, Peebles – February 18-March 25, 7-9pm (S1-S6).

Application forms will be available in the high schools and via download at www.sportborders.org.uk

For more information contact Andy Lawrie on 01896 756274 or email Andy.Lawrie@scotborders.gov.uk