Toryglen Football Centre played host to the grand finals of the Cashback 7s recently as 12 teams (6 boys & 6 girls) battled it out in a bid to be crowned 2015 national champions.

In a tightly fought contest Midlothian’s Newbattle High School won the Boys' event while Bathgate AC of West Lothian overcame last year’s winners Apostle High School on their route to the girls' title.

Scotland and Glasgow City striker Leanne Ross was in attendance to hand out the awards and she said it was encouraging to see young players playing competitive matches:

“It’s fantastic to see the girls getting an opportunity to come out and play. When I was younger the opportunities weren’t as frequent as they are now, so to see them getting the chance to come along and play games is great.

“It’s great for the country as a whole to have football on at all age groups, that they can come and play in events like this is great. I played in a boys team when I was younger so its good to see the girls getting their own events but also to see the boys here as well playing side by side.”

The CashBack 7’s are a series of football festivals delivered across the country with the purpose of giving High School pupils the opportunity to play in the competition format. Events take place at local, regional and – finally – a national level, culminating in the Cashback 7 finals in Glasgow. S1 Boys and S1-3 Girls are the key target groups

Speaking after the event, Scottish FA Football Development Manager Donald Gillies said: “CashBack for Communities has created opportunities for participation in areas across the country since 2008 and this project has added to this.

“The partnership with the Scottish Schools FA has seen 300+ schools take part in the events every year since 2011 and we hope that everyone enjoys the day”.