Young footballers take on uphill struggle to raise funds for new team in Innerleithen

Football managers, not being averse to the occasional cliche, often talk of having a mountain to climb if, say, their team go in at half-time 5-0 down or after having two or three players sent off – or, worse still, both.

By Darin Hutson
Friday, 22nd April 2022, 3:19 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th April 2022, 2:07 pm
Leithen Vale Sports Club's P7 football squad at the top of Lee Pen
Leithen Vale Sports Club's P7 football squad at the top of Lee Pen

Leithen Vale Sports Club’s P7 squad have come closer to most to having an actual mountain to climb, though, having staged a sponsored walk up a hill.

The hill in question was 500m-tall Lee Pen, north of their home-town of Innerleithen, and once at the top, they even managed to fit in a bit of football practice using a mini-goal carried up by their coaches.

They took on that uphill struggle to help cover the cost of setting up what’s said to be the Victoria Park club’s first 11-a-side team at under-13 level for a generation, and the crowdfunding appeal they launched has already passed its initial £500 target.

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Leithen Vale Sports Club's P7 football squad prior to their walk up Lee Pen

They’ll play in a south-east region league against teams from Edinburgh and the Lothians as there isn’t a Borders league for players their age.

Money raised will go towards paying for referees, home and away strips, hiring pitches and travel.