Borders Railway Football Tournament kicks-off

Football tournament

A Borders Railway football tournament launched to bring together young people in Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders, has been a success and has crowned Currie Star FC as the champions.

Sixteen under-14s teams from along the Borders Railway line put their skills to the test at the inaugural tournament on Saturday at Edinburgh’s Inch Park. The teams enjoyed a day of exciting football and worked hard to be the best. Showcasing great teamwork and determination Currie Star FC came out on top, winning 1-0 against Fernieside FC.  

The Borders Railway project will re-establish passenger railway services for the first time since 1969 from Edinburgh through Midlothian to Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders. Organisers of the tournament hope to see it travel to other venues along the route in future years to help enhance community links.

Craig Bowman, Communications Manager at Network Rail, said: “The aim of this tournament wasn’t just to offer something exciting for young people to do during the summer holidays, but to bring together families who will benefit from living along the Borders Railway route. 

“In the not too distant future, the region will enjoy a fast and efficient railway and we want to encourage people to realise how accessible this part of Scotland will be, and the social and economic opportunities that will come with it.

“I was so impressed by all of the teams who took part and their attitude and enthusiasm to do well on the day shone through. Well done to everyone involved and congratulations to Currie Star who stood out on the day and took home the champions’ trophy.” 

Billy Nicoll, (12), from Juniper Green plays for Currie Star FC. He said: “The team is really excited to have won the first ever Borders Railway football tournament and it’s a brilliant way to start the season!  We’ve had loads of fun and can’t wait until next year to defend our title.”

Currie Star FC coach, David Scott, said: “It’s been a fantastic way for the team to get the season started! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed playing teams we don’t get the chance to meet very often. Hopefully the new Borders Railway will allow us to do this more often in the future.”

Family and friends enjoyed taking part in interactive giant board games set up by Scottish youth organisation YoungScot, and Edinburgh based Youth Café, 6VT. Enthusiastic footballers of all ages were also able to test their skills by trying Edinburgh Leisure’s ‘how hard can you kick?’ challenge.  There was also an opportunity for aspiring cricket players to speak to local Edinburgh coaches about how to get involved.