Borders Railway kicks off partnership with Scottish FA
The Borders Railway Project has partnered with the Scottish FA to sponsor their School Holiday Programme across Midlothian and the Borders, as part of a campaign to promote construction site and railway safety along the route as work gathers pace.
Throughout July and August, there will be a series of events held in local communities, including tournaments at Gala days and nightly street football programmes. Across Midlothian and the Borders there will also be roadshows encouraging young people to get active. Information about safety on the route will be available for over 3,000 participating young people and their families.
The investment by the Borders Railway project will go towards new club development initiatives in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. This will include support for new and existing coaches with the goal of providing a better learning environment for players in these communities.
In addition the Borders Railway project has also supported the 10th Borders Sport and Leisure Festival of Football event, held this year on the 2nd June at Netherdale in Galashiels, with a total of 114 teams competing.
The new initiative builds on the Borders Invitational football tournament held in 2012 to bring together young people in Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. The partnership with the Scottish FA will allow more children from more communities to participate.
Craig Bowman, Communications Manager, Network Rail, said:
“We are delighted to link up with the Scottish FA to encourage young people to be more active during the summer. These are popular events run by professional coaches and provide positive diversionary opportunities during the schools summer holidays.
As the project moves forward there will be a lot more construction work along the line, with dangerous equipment being used. These events will help to discourage children from playing near our work sites and allow us to increase understanding of the risks associated with a live railway.”
David Drummond, Regional Manager for the Scottish Football Association (South East) said: "We're delighted to working in partnership with Borders Railway. A key objective of the Scottish FA is to grow the number of participants involved with the game. This new partnership allows us to support clubs through some new club development initiatives and will provide opportunities for thousands of young people to access football throughout the Scottish Borders and Midlothian. Football is a great tool for teaching young people so this partnership with Borders Railway will not only help to build stronger communities but safer ones as well".
(Pictured are the Bonnyrigg Rose Girls and Hutchison Vale Girls teams)