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All Star Events Hope New Tournament Will Prove Hit With Primary Schools

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All Star Events is hosting the first Inner City School Football Tournament at The Oriam in Edinburgh on Tuesday 21 May 2019, from 10am until 2pm.

The event organisers are a group of Edinburgh College Year 2 HND Students. The four-strong team at All Star Events are passionate about bringing children together in sport and could think of no better event to organise than a school’s football tournament.

Event team manager Andrew Fraser said: “We are delighted to be using the Oriam’s indoor 3G pitches for soccer 7’s school teams for this upcoming tournament. This was an event that we have wanted to do for some time allowing all levels of Primary School teams a chance to play at these facilities in the friendship of sport. On conducting research, it was apparent that very few primary school football teams had a league, cup or any competition they could feasibly enter.”

Sixteen school teams from all over the Lothians will face each during the tournament. There will be two Cups available based on team abilities, allowing all levels of teams to participate. The winning teams will receive a trophy and all players will take home a participation medal.

This event has partnered with “Sporting Start”, a charity that enables young people in Edinburgh and the Lothians to experience and enjoy sport. They help individuals and groups who face financial - or other opportunity limiting barriers - to access or participate in sport. They aim to provide funding support to help with coaching, courses, events, facilities and sports equipment, for example.

Sporting Start was founded in memory of Martin Macari, an inspirational and talented sportsman whose life was cut short by cancer aged 47. A passionate advocate for the power and joy of sport, Martin was a role model who led by example as player, coach and leader across multiple sports. 

As a father, one of Martin’s greatest hopes for his children was that they develop a love of sport from an early age and thrive from the many ways sport would enrich their lives. He strongly believed that every young person should be given this opportunity.

Andrew said: “On searching through sporting charities for this tournament the team came across Sporting Start. A charity that was initially unknown to us, but we discovered that both the team at All Star Events and Sporting Start shared the same ethos in regards to youth sport in the Lothians and we are delighted we have partnered for this tournament.”

The tournament has also received sponsorship from Football Nation, who will be providing event tracksuits; Bala Sports, who will be providing Fairtrade Match Balls; Scotmid and various other local businesses which will help the event to be a lasting experience for those pupils involved. The event is also hosting a Fairtrade Fruit and Water stand that all participants are free to enjoy throughout the tournament.

“It is hoped that the success of this tournament will allow it to become an annual event allowing more schools to be part of a footballing experience for their pupils,” added Andrew.
The event will be a seven-a-side format, with every team playing five matches – and possibly a sixth if they make the final. Group stage matches will last 15 minutes and knock-out matches will last 20.

There are a limited number of spaces still available to primary schools and if you would like further details, or information on how your school can participate, please contact the organisers on [email protected]com or directly on 0131 297 9625.

Liam Dickson | YFS Central Region Journalist

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