The second fixture in the schools football league for players from support for learning bases or special schools in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire took place at Aberdeen Sports Village on Thursday 15 November 2012. 

The event was supported by Cove Rangers Football Club and manager Kevin Tindal was on hand to watch the games, chat to players and present trophies.

The festival was closely contested with the standards being raised by all of the teams in the special schools competition. Anna Ritchie School narrowly defeated Hazelwood 3-2 in the final.

The final of the support for learners competition was a meeting of two schools from Aberdeen City, Bucksburn Academy and Cordyce School.

The score was 4-1 with Cordyce School coming out on top and winning the schools first ever silverware. 

Team manager Gordon Semple was delighted with his team’s performance.

He said: ‘These festivals give the players the opportunity to represent their school playing a game they love and the standard is amazing. 

“We are looking forward to the final fixture in March.”

The festival was organised by Scottish Disability Sport and Active Schools with the fixtures and refereeing carried out by a team of Sports Coaching students from Moray College who ensured the event ran smoothly. 

The event also gave the opportunity for talented players to be invited to attend trials for the Grampian squad who compete at both Scottish FA National 5-a-side and 7-a-side championships each year. 

The next fixture will be played in Inverurie in March supported by Inverurie Loco’s, and the overall winners for 2012/13 will go to the Scottish FA national schools final in May.

Scottish FA North regional manager Graeme Sutherland said: "It is fantastic to see Cove Rangers FC, the local Highland Football League Club, supporting this festival and credit to them and manager Kevin Tindal for their efforts during the day.

“This follows previous involvement from both Deveronvale FC and Inverurie Loco Works FC and it gives the players an extra incentive to know that senior club take an interest in the programme.

“A special thank must go to Claire, Andrinne, Grant and the staff and students at Moray College who once again work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure the opportunity is there for the kids to have a fantastic day, well done to all involved.”

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