A team of Edinburgh College students have organised a regional football tournament aimed at encouraging more young people into sport.
All Star Events, four final-year HND Events Management students, have worked together to create the first Inner City Schools Football Tournament for primary schools across Edinburgh and the Lothians.
The event, taking place on Tuesday 21 May at Oriam, Scotland’s sports performance centre, will see 16 primary teams compete against each other for two trophies. Every player will also take home a participation medal.
All Star Events team manager Andrew Fraser said: “We are delighted to be using Oriam’s indoor 3G pitches for school teams for the 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 either a league, cup or any competitions they could feasibly enter.”
During the tournament there will be two Cups available based on school team abilities allowing all levels of teams to participate.
This event is being run in partnership with Sporting Start, a charity that enables young people in Edinburgh and the Lothians to experience and enjoy sport.
The organisation helps individuals and groups who face financial or other barriers which limit their opportunity to access or participate in sport. They aim to provide funding support to help with, for example, coaching, courses, events, facilities and sports equipment.
Andrew said: “On searching through sporting charities for this tournament the team came across Sporting Start. A charity that was unknown to us it was 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 providing event tracksuits, Bala Sports proving Fairtrade Match Balls, Scotmid and various other local businesses to allow this event to be a lasting experience for those pupils involved. The event is also hosting a Fairtrade Fruit and Water stand allowing all participants to enjoy this throughout the tournament.
Andrew said: “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.”