Football fair is set to kick off

The 12th annual Galloway Football Fair takes place this Bank Holiday weekend at Blairmount Park, Newton Stewart.

Once again there will be a feast of young football talent on display with players between the ages of seven and 12 from all over the region and even further afield.

Leslie Groves, chairman of Galloway Thistle, has again thanked the many youngsters, parents and coaches who will visit Newton Stewart over the weekend and also the sponsors of the event, which has ensured it has continued over the past years.

The tournament is run by Galloway Thistle Youth Football Club in conjunction with Newton Stewart Football Club and will commence at 10.30am on both Saturday and Sunday and will be kicked-off by the Queen of Galloway.

Andy McClymont, chairman of Newton Stewart Football Club, also welcomes everybody to this year’s event, which will be quite historic as it will be the last time the tournament will be held on a grass park with the 3G pitch placement being imminent over the summer months.

Newton Stewart FC have agreed to be the lead in running the new pitch and to be responsible to ensure everything is run for the benefit of the community and to cover all sports in the area.

Andy said: “Every credit should be given to the council for this giant step in bringing the Machars into line with other areas of Scotland so let’s all work together to make sure their god work is not wasted.”

Once again the Merit Trophy will be presented by Laura McGaw and everyone involved with the organisation of the tournament is very grateful for her support.

Alex Whiteside, event and coach coordinator, said: “We try to promote a friendly atmosphere at our festival and would ask for positive support to the kids and show sportsmanship and fair play at all times.”

Fingers are crossed for good weather but one thing is sure and has been since the annual event was started and that is that no matter the weather everybody has a weekend of fun and enjoyment.