Galloway Thistle Football Fair attracts 77 teams

Galloway Thisle Footlball Fair gets underway this weekend
Galloway Thisle Footlball Fair gets underway this weekend

Seventy-seven teams from 14 clubs are heading to the Galloway Thistle Youth Football Fair at Blaimount Park, Newton Stewart this weekend.

Budding young players from Scotland’s Central Belt, Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway and even Northern Ireland will be able to show off their footballing skills in a festival atmosphere on the 3G pitch and all the organisers need now is some good weather.

This is the 14th football fair hosted by the Galloway Thistle club and their chairman Stuart Dalrymple said: “Once again we will welcome friends old and new and it’s terrific to see teams from across the south of Scotland descending on our corner of Galloway as well as our friends from across the water who are making the journey, so a big thank you to all from Ballynahinch Football Club.”

Looking back over the past 13 years, organiser Alex Whiteside commented: “An estimated 10,000 kids have played at this festival since it started in 2002. Last year the kids put on a great show for all the spectators, and their coaches should take credit for the standard of football displayed.

“Please come along this year and give the kids your support.”

Andy McClymont, the past president of Southern Counties and a life member of the SFA added: “In this small and quite remote area, the Galloway Thistle play a very important part on the football scene. In my umpteen years connected with South of Scotland football I have certainly noticed a great improvement in basic footballing skills.

“We haven’t produced any superstars yet but increasing the interest and opportunities to compete is very important and in that respect you score top marks.”

This year’s football fair starts at 10.30am on Saturday May 2 and continues until around 5pm on Sunday May 3.