Young Borders footballers kick-off inaugural Borders Railway Community Tournament

 

Young footballers from the Borders will kick-start their pre-season training next week by competing in a youth football tournament being launched by Borders Railway.

The inaugural community tournament will kick-off at 10am on Saturday 11th August at Edinburgh’s Inch Park, and will see sixteen under-14s teams from along the Borders Railway line put their skills to the test. Local teams will include Gala Fairydean and Newtongrange Star ‘A’ CYP.

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. The tournament will aim to connect communities who will benefit from the line. Future tournaments will be held at alternative venues along the route in Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Borders.

Craig Bowman, Communications Manager at Network Rail, said: “We already know that the Borders Railway line will offer a fast and efficient rail service and make the region more accessible for new economic opportunities, but one of the most exciting developments will be bringing people together.

“The youth football tournament being launched by Borders Railway is a fantastic example of how we see the railway playing a vital role in connecting communities and strengthening already existing links by encouraging travel in and around the region, now and in the future.

“We hope that everyone involved, whether supporting or playing, has a day to remember and we wish all of the young footballers the best of luck.” 

Mark Cairns, tournament organiser from Edinburgh South football club said:

“With the country currently gripped by Olympic fever and football fans having already enjoyed the Euro 2012 tournament, there’s undoubtedly an appetite for sporting competition at a local level. We’re delighted to be supporting Borders Railway to kick-start what will be an enjoyable competition bringing together rising young football stars from the Borders and across Edinburgh and Midlothian.

Family and friends are invited to join in the fun with interactive giant board games set up by Scottish youth organisation YoungScot, and Edinburgh based Youth Café, 6VT. Edinburgh Leisure will also be in attendance with a ‘how hard can you kick?’ challenge putting aspiring young footballers’ skills to the test, and there will be a bouncy castle for younger children to enjoy.

There will be information available on the day for those looking to find out more about the Borders Railway project as well as members of the British Transport Police in attendance to answer any questions regarding safety on the railways. For further information please visit http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/rail/projects/borders-railway.