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Calderbraes Festival returns for second season

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Calderbraes Football Club are to host a football festival as part of their pre-season which boasts an exciting mix of football and funfair attractions. The event, which takes place on Saturday the 8th of August, will see three different age groups participating with a number of local teams getting involved in the festivities.

Historically the festival used to take place every year but this has not happened for many years now. However this is the second year in a row that the club will host the event after the 2006s team decided to host the festival for their own age group last year. This year it has been expanded to include multiple age groups, with a number of clubs from the Central Region entering teams.

A massive amount of organisation has gone into the festival to ensure that the planning transfers smoothly into the running of the event. Stephen McCrory of the 2006s  team has been the most prominent figure in organising the event, although all coaches from all age groups are getting involved, either by helping with the planning or by volunteering to help run the event on the day. 

This proves to be a reflection of Calderbraes’ efforts to have a real club presence on the day through coaches and committee members, as well as players and parents.

Not only will this year see more age groups participating in the football but there will be additional attractions such as candy floss and popcorn stalls as well as inflatables, which were rained off last year. This year covers have been ordered to ensure that the inflatables can be used in any weather, and they are hopeful that the other teams participating will bring along family and friends to enjoy the use of these attractions as well as support the football on the day.

Calderbraes FC believe that these sort of events are incredibly important for the club and the local community, and see the event as being vital in getting out there and being seen to do the right things and stand for the rights principles. In this way, the club can become a staple part of the community, something that the players of all age groups are proud to be a part of while the community offer their support in return. It is also important in helping the club to fulfil their aim of expansion, particularly if it becomes the annual event for everyone to look forward to that they are hoping for.

With that said, Calderbraes are already looking ahead to next year, hoping to add even more age groups and to add even more activities and attractions for everyone to enjoy.

The club would like to thank PSL Team Sports who are sponsoring the event as well as the team. They would also like to thank all the participating teams for their support and for making the festival possible.

The Calberbraes Football Festival, which will take place at Hamilton Palace Sports Ground on Saturday the 8th of August, is sure to be a fantastic day out for all who attend. With the football kicking off at 9.00am, there will be no shortage of entertainment with the fixtures continuing through to 5.15pm, and the inflatable fun zone running throughout the day. 

Claire Gulline | YFS Aberdeen Senior Reporter
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