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Box Soccer's inaugural national tournament hailed as great success

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YFS was present last Friday to take in the first ever Box Soccer Training tournament held in conjunction with Heart of Midlothian’s Academy at the state of the art Oriam National Performance Centre facilities in Edinburgh.
Event spokesperson (and Box Soccer East Dunbartonshire head coach) Antony McMinn told YFS: "The tournament was split into mixed age groups of 2012-2010 and 2009-2006 with around 200 players from Angus, Dundee, Fife, Stirling, North Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire, Edinburgh and West Lothian all taking part. The idea was to replicate the experience of playing street football with children of various ages. It created different challenges for the players who were very much encouraged to solve problems and coach themselves, something that Box Soccer are massive on, without the coaches' input."

After the football had concluded, there was a special treat for the young players, with two Hearts legends in attendance for the presentation. John Colquhoun, now owner of Box Soccer, told a stand packed with players and parents: "Thanks to everyone for turning out at today's event. It's the first time we've ran this initiative and it's great to see so many young players from across Scotland taking part. When I was a kid I'd often play against players older than me and it was key to my development. It was fantastic watching some of the younger players working so hard to push older opposition all the way. But most importantly you're all here playing and I can see smiles all around."

Colquhoun then introduced current Heart of Midlothian FC manager Craig Levein, who echoed his comments before providing the winning teams with their prizes. He said: "It's brilliant to see the facility cime live with so many young players. Oriam was built for days like today. The standard and attitudes were fantastic and the future looks bright."
McMinn concluded: "Every child who attended the day has either taken part in a Box Soccer Holiday Camp or weekly class. With new classes being added for the new school year Box is growing not just in numbers but quality and Head of Coaching Darren Murray is driving coaching standards through regular coach education. As well as club partnerships with the likes of Hearts of Midlothian, Airdrie, Stenhousemuir and Arbroath the company has a number of sessions throughout Scotland run by highly trained franchisees."
Click here for a photo gallery from the event. To try a free taster Box Soccer session near you visit www.boxsoccertraining.com.
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