Gartcairn Football Academy are preparing for their club's annual Winter Football Festival. With no signs of tropical conditions heading the way of Scotland, it was seen as a perfect opportunity to guarantee football to young players during the winter months. With the two day event set for February 25th & 26th, the organising committee and everyone else involved have been putting the final touches on what promises to be a feast of football. Ravenscraig Regional Football Centre's state of the art indoor facility is the chosen venue as hundreds of children, spread across a number of regions, will make the trip to North Lanarkshire.
Three levels of the player pathway are catered for with games taking place at a whopping eight age groups. Saturday plays host to the younger players with Developmental & Fun Fours events at the 2004 and 2005 age groups. Moving up the ladder, next up is Soccer Sevens. This format will cover four age groups - 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2003. Finally, the oldest players can look forward a competitive 11-a-side tournament. The 1999 and 1998 age groups are catered for on the Sunday, with an exciting opportunity for players to sample a full size FIFA Grade 2 playing field.
The teams involved on Saturday are:
Fun fours; 2005's - Gartcairn x 2, Milton Rovers x 3, Dumbarton United x 3, Dumbarton Riverside Barca, Barrhead Youth, Linwood Rangers & Dumbarton Riverside Madrid;
2004's- Gartcairn x 3, Barrhead YFC x 4, Dumbarton Riverside Barca, Dumbarton Utd Yellow, Dumbarton Utd Black, Dumbarton Riverside Madrid & Dumbarton Riverside Sevilla.
Soccer sevens; 2003's - EKYFC, Dumbarton Riverside Barca, Mossend x 2, Linwood Rangers, Dumbarton Riverside Madrid and Lanarkshire SC;
2002's - Gartcairn A & B, Dumbarton Riverside Barca, Drumchapel, Linwood Rangers, Burnt Island Shipyard Whites, Dumbarton Riverside Madrid & Burnt Island Shipyard Reds;
2001's - Gartcairn A & B, CrossHouse BC Athletic, Mossend Yellow, Mossend Black, Dumbarton Riverside, Rochsolles and Lanarkshire;
2000's - Gartcairn Blue, Gartcairn White, Burnhead Colts, Dumbarton Riverside Barca, Dumbarton Riverside Madrid, Linwood Rangers, Linwood Rangers RYC and Monklands Thistle.
Elevens; 1999's - Gartcairn, Dumbarton Riverside, JBM, Celtic, Alva Swifts and Airdrie; 1998's - Gartcairn, Airdrie, Riverside Blues, Dunbeth, Milan and CLyde Valley.
Many thanks to John Lewis for sponsoring this year's festival.
Keep your eyes on YFS for full coverage of the Gartcairn Football Academy Winter Football Festival. Coming your way is a full report & gallery of the event itself and a YFS TV highlights package.