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Barrhead shapes up for biggest festival yet

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The Barrhead YFC Festival looks set to be the biggest yet, and preparations are well underway for another excellent weekend of football from August 7-9. 

This year, the festival will include over 140 teams, spanning from under-seven to under-19 level. 

"We have followed on from an old tournament held in Barrhead for the last 40 years, with the reinvented tournament over the last 5 years becoming better and better. We have tried to bring a football festival to the local community in a way that engages them in sport in a fun environment," event organiser Archie Douglas told Youth Football Scotland.

"By holding this yearly festival we hope to put Barrhead on the sporting map and give the community a football festival to be proud of and help teach young footballers about discipline, tolerance and interaction with others."

After a few minor blips, the festival is beginning to shape up well with just six weeks to go until the main event. 

"It has been pretty hectic, we have had a lot of uncertainty with regards to pitches being made available, car parking and changing facilities as well, all due to the new Barrhead High School scheduled to be built adjacent to our astro and grass pitches," Douglas said.

"However, it all appears to be coming together now. Ice cream vans, medical services, food stalls and shows have all been booked."

As for the future, Douglas hopes the Barrhead Festival will continue to grow, with a girls, amateur and veteran section in the pipeline.

Applications are still open for this year. For more information go to byfc.weebly.com.

Watch the video from the 2012 Barrhead Festival below:

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