Whilst most of Scotland's youth football community were sighing over another weekend's postponed fixtures, there was a tingling of anticipation throughout the young players of Dumfries and Galloway. An annual event ran by the Dumfries & Galloway Youth Football Development Association was set to take place, which could only be described as a festival of football.
DG1 Leisure Centre in Dumfries played host to an astonishing 800 kids split between 140 five-a-side teams, all coming from member clubs of the association. Whilst the event itself was indoors the sub-zero temperatures had made travel conditions far from ideal, which makes the commitment of the clubs all the more impressive. Players travelled from as far West as Stranraer to Annan on the East side, and every place inbetween. They weren't going to miss out on their weekend of football! Annan Athletic, Dalbeattie Star, Eastend, Galloway Thistle, Greystone Rovers, Heston Rovers, Lochar Thistle, Lochryan, Mid-Annandale, Millenium, Morton Thistle, St Cuthbert Wanderers, Terregles Athletic, Threave Rovers and Upper-Annandale were all represented.
Saturday saw the primary school age groups (Under 11 and younger) participate in a friendly event. SFA coaching staff were referees as the teams enjoyed numerous matches, with lots of excellent skill on display.
Sunday was the turn of the older players with three different competitions at different age groups. Lochryan Boys Club of Stranraer were the team that travelled the furthest to take part, and they celebrated with victory at Under 13's. The two other age groups, Under 15's and Under 17's both stayed within the home venue. Greystone Rovers and Heston Rovers, both of Dumfries, were the respective winners. Below are team photographs of each of the winning squads.
Under 13ÔÇÖs Lochryan Boys Club (Stranraer)
Under 15ÔÇÖs Greystone Rovers (Dumfries)
Under 17ÔÇÖs Heston Rovers (Dumfries)