Thistle do nicely

ThE emphasis is very much on Olympic-sized fun at Tweedbank Thistle’s Football Festival next month.

Taking place at the football pitches behind the athletics track on Saturday, August 18, from 11am to 5pm, the event will see the registration of new players from primaries 1 to 7, as well as football drills under the watchful eyes of the coaches. But there is plenty for parents and siblings alike as well, with cake and candy stalls, a bouncy castle, an inflatable pitch, face painting and a bar with refreshments.

The festival is promoted through the London 2012 weekend initiative, which sets out to ensure kids enjoy being active.