Young men wanted for five-a-side festival

Young men aged between 16 and 25 years-old from Aberdeenshire are being invited to enter the StreetGames Football Pools Fives National Scottish Festival.

This Scotland-wide five-a-side tournament is for youth teams and entries are being encouraged from across the Shire.

Hosted in Glasgow on July 13, this is a free day event, which runs from 10am to 4pm, is being delivered by StreetGames in partnership with Youth Scotland, A+M Training and supported by The Football Pools.

The festival aims to get young men active and participating in team sports.

Winners of the competition will be entered into the UK Finals at the national football centre, St George’s Park.

As well as the five-a-side tournament, participants can also get involved with basketball, tennis, boxing and dance through a range of workshops and sessions.

Lois Marshall, Youth Active Development Worker at Youth Scotland said: “This is an amazing way for youth teams in Aberdeenshire to show off their footie skills and win the opportunity to play in the UK finals at St George’s Park.

“We’re looking for teams from across Scotland, and there’s every chance that this year’s five-a-side winners could be from the local area.

“Even if groups haven’t played together before, they’re welcome to enter the competition as we aren’t looking for professional teams.

“So round up your friends and get signed up!”

The closing date for entry is Thursday, July 11, and teams can enter the tournament via the StreetGames website:

The StreetGames Football Pools Fives programme will provide opportunities for young men and women aged 16 and over from disadvantaged areas of the UK, to play 5-a-side football and to also experience coaching and try a range of other sports and activities.

Speaking at the launch, former England international Viv Anderson said: “The StreetGames Football Pools Fives programme offers a fantastic opportunity for young people from disadvantaged areas to get involved in a sport.”