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Over 170 young people from across the West of Scotland participated in the annual Bank of Scotland Midnight League West Regional Final at Broadwood stadium recently.

The Regional Final formed part of this year’s Bank of Scotland Midnight League programme which has been running since January at venues across all 32 Local Authorities in Scotland.

Teams from all over the West of Scotland were represented at the tournament which was played across three categories – 12-13 years and 14 years and over boys as well as an open competition for girls. Ex Scotland star John Collins was on hand to lend his support and help with the medal and trophy presentations.

At the end of a fun-packed East Renfrewshire came out on top in the 12-13 years category. St Mungo’s from Glasgow won the Girls section with an impressive performance in the final, and East Dumbartonshire’s Barrhill were triumphant in the 14 and over category, completing a memorable day at Broadwood.

Bank of Scotland Midnight League is a national network of diversionary 5-a-side football activity, targeting 12 to 16 year olds across the country. Run in partnership with the Scottish FA, and the government’s Cashback for Communities scheme, the Bank of Scotland Midnight League programme has expanded over the last 5 years to be established in all 32 Scottish local authorities with over 6000 young people participating across over 90 venues each year.

John Collins, who is a big fan of the programme, said: “The Bank of Scotland Midnight Leagues are a great way to get young people playing football and socialising with other youngsters from their area. Anything that provides a safe environment for them to do so can only be of benefit to local communities all over Scotland.”