Football Event Has Girls Shooting For The Stars

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Over 70 secondary school girls from seven different schools took part in a football festival at the Queen of the South Arena on Thursday 21 January.

Girls from S1 to S3 from Castle Douglas, Douglas Ewart, Dumfries High, Dumfries Academy, Maxwelltown High, St Joseph’s and Sanquhar Academy took part in the festival, organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council in partnership with the Scottish FA and Queen of the South FC.

The event featured girls of all abilities and ensured they all were given every opportunity to develop skills, have a laugh with their friends and peers and get some information on the routes available to them should they wish to take football up competitively.

There were representatives from Queen of the South in attendance at the event, who were able to provide first-hand experience of how the girls can get involved with ladies football via the club.

The festival was made up of non-competitive 7-a-side games with some feisty tackling, excellent goalkeeping and well placed passing on show on the Queen of The South Arena.

Featuring at the event representing Dumfries High School was S3 pupil Kirsten Laing. Kirsten was told earlier this week that she’s been called into the Scottish Schools under 15’s squad for the upcoming football festival in Jersey, in mid-March.

The tricky winger commented; “I am really excited to be given the opportunity. I play for Celtic under 17’s and have represented Scotland before, but it is still a big honour to be selected for the Scottish Schools team. Jersey is only a few weeks away so I am really looking forward to it.”

Chairman of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community and Services Committee, Councillor Tom McAughtrie said of the event; “It is magnificent to see so many girls turn out at the festival. It’s equally pleasing to see partners working so well with each other. The Queen of the South Arena is a wonderful community facility and it’s great to see schools from across the region reaping the benefits from the facility, and not just the schools local to it.

“The work that our schools and football development officers do is clearly rubbing off, with our pupils being called up to national squads. I wish Kirsten all the best representing Scotland in March.”

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