A centre of attention

THE fun all kicked off last Sunday.

Giffnock Soccer Centre (GSC) staged its 2002s inaugural seven-a-side Football Family Fund Day.

And 15 teams from across the west of Scotland congregated at GSC to join the centre’s five u19s sides for a five-hour festival of football, fun and madness.

The day took place at Giffnock North’s football complex on Braidbar Farm Road.

The engagement saw each team playing four matches each of 20 minutes duration resulting in a total of 40 matches involving almost 200 boys and girls from the 12 clubs taking part.

The standard of play was so high that it would seem Craig Levein – or perhaps his successor – will have very little to worry about in 10 or 15 years time.

All games were played in an excellent spirit under the auspices of the Scottish Youth Football Association and the East Renfrewshire Soccer Development Association.

Each of the participants received a memento to recognise their contribution.

Thankfully, the only injuries sustained on the day were to the pride of the two resident goalies in the penalty shoot out competition.

Almost every one of the eight and nine-year-olds put one past them.

To broaden the horizon of fun, there was a tremendous array of other attractions, ranging from a bouncy castle, inflatable Sumo wrestling suits to an assault course and face painting.

The children seemed to have a great time – lunch was provided and refreshments were served at the Giffnock North clubhouse.

The day wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our hosts and a large number of sponsors, parents and coaches.

GSC 2002s would like to thank all who gave up their time to make the event such a success.