|Youngsters show off talents at Scottish Sun 7s Festival|
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The Scottish Sun Soccer Sevens Festival served as a delightful the precursor to the Glasgow City Cup over the weekend of the 4th & 5th August 2012, seeing a massive 64 seven-a-side and super fives teams teams take part in the large scale non-competitive competition at Greenfield Football Centre.
The festival reaped the benefits of a backing from the Scottish Sun, who were in attendance as media partners. The 2004s played fifteen minute duration matches at super fives, whilst the 2001-3s competed in twenty minute seven-a-side games. Energy levels were kept high throughout thanks to food and snack facilities on site.
With the fair weather holding firm, the young players were treated to multiple games across the several pitches, giving them the opportunity compete against teams they don't often regularly play throughout their season.
Festival Organiser Jim Smith MBE gave his plaudits to both players and staff, "It was fantastic to see so many kids enjoying themselves on fantastic grass pitches. Thanks go to Glasgow Life for all the hard work their staff had put in to make this event possible."
To cap off the impressive weekend, former Wales and Celtic striker, John Hartson presented the participation medals to the youngsters. Hartson also commended, "It was great to see the parks full of kids playing the game and having fun at the same time."
SYFA West Region chairman, Peter Glancey, summed up the importance of having structured football at these young ages, highlighting, "I hope all teams this weekend embraced the new rules and Scottish football can benefit from letting the young players play the game they love without the pressure we have all too often placed upon them".
With the up-and-coming Glasgow City Cup this weekend, the young players' efforts over the weekend have set the tone for what looks to be a fantastic weekend of youth cup football. As always, YFS will be bringing you comprehensive coverage throughout. For more details on both events click here to visit the official Glasgow City Cup website.
Congratulations to all the teams involved -
Grieve Road United, Holytown Colts YC A, Celtic Juniors, Larkhall United, East Kilbride Caledonian T, Holytown Colts YC B, Larkhall United B, Holytown Colts YC C, East Kilbride Caledonian T B
Dean Thistle F, Calderbraes BC, Grieve Road United, Hampden BC, Newmains Hammers A, Claremont AFC A, Airdrie Blacks, Wishaw Wycombe Wand Yellow, Drumsagard F AA, Haldane United, Real Fife FC, St Andrews BC, Newmains Hammers B, Blue Brazil BC, Bayside Blaze, Claremont AFC B, Drumsagard FA B, Scotland BC, Stamperland Thistle, Wishaw Wycombe Wan Blue
Giffnock SC Inter, Pollok United SA, Holytown Colts YC Red, Glen Thistle FC, Grassroots United, Clydebank United BFC, Drumsagard AFC, East Kilbride Caledonian T A, Giffnock SC Inter 2, Barrhead YFC, Larkhall United, Bridgend BC, East Kilbride Caledonian T B, Drumchapel United, East Kilbride FC Gold, Holytown Colts YC Blue
Erskine YFC B, Erskine YFC A, Wolves FC Gold, Holytown Colts Y C, The Celtic BC, Drumsagard AFC, Drumsagard AFC Black, East Kilbride FC Gold, Wolves FC Black, East Kilbride FC Blue, Real Fife FC, Clyde FCS of Football, Grassroots United, EKYC