5-a-side football tournament a success

On 4th July 2013, Arran Youth Foundations hosted a successful five-a-side football tournament for the island's young people and visitors from the mainland.

Following an application to Street Games' Youth Led Funding by one of our young members, AYF had received funding to arrange this event, hosted at the Ormidale park in Brodick. We also received a donation of 40 bottles of water from the local Cooperative. Helping out on the day we had Bruce McIntosh, our newest volunteer, Lois Marshall from Youth Scotland (Street Games' coordinator in Scotland), her colleague Hannah, and staff & young volunteers from Reid Vale Youth N Action project from Denistoun, Glasgow.

We had originally invited 6 teams from the mainland to join the 2 we had planned to enter from Arran. However, four teams cancelled with only a couple of weeks notice, leaving us with the need to fill the competition with Arran youngsters. After a lot of hard work, we managed to fill the spots and in the end, we had 37 participants - 11 from the Reid Vale project and 26 young people from the island - a great turnout given our limited pool. 

The tournament ran from 12-4pm, with every team getting half a dozen games or so. Having won all their games, the Glasgow teams went on to play each other in the final. Trophies were handed out to the Glasgow winners, the 'Best Arran team' and to the player of the tournament, and all were given certificates for taking part. The day was rounded off with a big 11-a-side game which, unsurprisingly, the Glasgow kids also won!

AYF then hosted our Reid Vale counterparts in Brodick church hall with pizza & burgers put on for their young people and some of ours who had stayed on after the event.

Good links were made with Reid Vale and it is hoped we can make a visit to their centre in the near future.

Posted 05/07/2013