Football for lunch at Newbattle High School

A group of S2 Newbattle High School pupils have been crowned 7-a-side champions after winning the Borders Railway Lunchtime Football Challenge.

Craig Bowman , Network Rail Communications Manager (L), Presents The Winning Team From Newbattle High School With Their Medals And Shield

The Borders Railway sponsored competition, part of a community partnership with the Scottish Football Association, saw 100 pupils take part in 7-a-side matches throughout the school term and get more active during their lunch breaks.

Keith Wright, Scottish FA Football Development Officer, said: “Creating this competition has meant the number of pupils playing football at this school has grown and grown. We hope that in the future even more pupils will take the opportunity to gain new skills with our trained coaches and make new friends.”

Carolyn Cameron, Newbattle Active Schools Coordinator, said: “Borders Railway’s sponsorship and collaboration with the Scottish Football Association have meant we can offer the pupils a chance to have fun at lunchtime whilst getting active under the leadership of trained football coaches. We hope this will inspire them to further their involvement in sport inside and outside school.”

Craig Bowman, Senior Communications Manager, Network Rail, said: “We know that the more active kids are, the less likely they are to mess around, or near, the railway. This partnership with the SFA helps to keep kids active and allows us to underline safety messages as construction progresses.”

The partnership between Borders Railway and the SFA began in July 2013. The investment from the railway project will help to support new and existing coaches with the goal of providing a better learning environment for players across the Scottish Borders and Midlothian.