Football is the game in Maybole

Dribbling, passing, heading and saving the ball were all part of the fun at the Maybole Schools Festival Fours at Ladywell Stadium in Maybole.

A total of 52 boys and girls took part in the four a side non-competitive football tournament which was organised by the South Ayrshire Community Safety Partnership. Boys and girls from P3 to P5 from Cairn, Garden Rose and St Cuthbert’s Primary Schools took part.

Members of Maybole Juniors Football Club worked closely with the Partnership, encouraging the young footballers and passing on some of their skills to them. Working with officers from the Partnership pupils from Carrick Academy and the Maybole Juniors Football Club refereed the matches.

Three small pitches were set up at the Ladywell Stadium football park and the re-deployable Multi-use Games Activities (MUGA) was erected on the training pitch.

Councillor Rita Miller, Portfolio Holder with responsibility for Community Safety for the Council said: “Sporting events such as these are organised by the Community Safety Partnership to provide healthy and interesting activities to encourage children to use their leisure time wisely.

“Children who become involved in sport and physical activities learn a range of skills such as teamwork, communications and organisation which they can put to good use throughout their lives.”

Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder said: “This was a great event where boys and girls were able to put all their football skills to good use having a fun time with other pupils

“This non-competitive tournament was designed to promote physical activities and partnership working with the local football team. It is important that young people take part in a sport which they really enjoy, that way they are more likely to take more exercise.”

Every young person who took part in the football festival received a medal.

After running around on the pitch the participants were provided with free fruit and smoothies to given them energy and to promote healthy eating.