The 2016 Bank of Scotland Midnight League community football initiative was re-launched on Friday night in Fife, with Hibernian’s Kevin Thomson in attendance to lend his support.

Thomson, along with Hearts legend John Robertson, were on hand to pass on some words of wisdom to the enthusiastic young players at the session at Balwearie High School.

Entering its 13th year, the Bank of Scotland Midnight League will introduce an exciting new ‘Community Captains’ initiative to the programme. Supported fully by the Scottish FA the community captains of each participating team will be handed key responsibilities which includes organising their squad’s attendance, encouraging good behaviours, and promoting the sessions.

Thomson knows what it takes to be a Captain said: “The Bank of Scotland Midnight League is a fantastic programme that I’ve admired for some time now. Allowing young people to play football for free in facilities like Balwearie High School is a great way to develop as footballers and as individuals.”

Jim Fleeting, Scottish FA Director of Football Development, said: “At the simplest level, Bank of Scotland Midnight League helps to grow the game by increasing participation amongst players, coaches and volunteers, but it also demonstrates the power of football in the lives of young people, giving them a focus and purpose.

“The Community Captains programme will add an extra dimension to this, encouraging the males and females involved to take on extra responsibility, and encourage good behaviours, leading their teams both on and off the pitch.

“The contribution of our partners to the success of this programme is invaluable. Bank of Scotland, Cashback for Communities, local authorities and trusts and local police across Scotland have all worked together to build a strong community-focused programme that delivers real benefits for young people.”

George Booth, Director, Group IT Sourcing, for Lloyds Banking Group attended the session and said: “It’s fantastic to have Kevin attend the session and an amazing experience for the players. Bank of Scotland is extremely proud of its 13 year association with the Midnight League, it’s one of the ways we can help Scotland prosper and make a difference  in communities across the country. We look forward to hearing how the new community captains programme develops this season.”

Find your local Midnight League session on www.scottishfa.co.uk/midnightleague

If you aspire to become a Community Captain, you’ll get all of the information you need when you sign up to take part.