The inaugural Moray Bank of Scotland Soccer One Girls Festival was held on Friday 27th March 2009 at the brand new Buckie third generation all weather pitch.

 

Eight school teams from across Moray were involved in the festival, with girls from S1 to S3 competing against each other.

 

The Soccer one programme began in Moray at the start of the 2008/2009 academic year. A partnership between the Scottish FA and Moray Council Active Schools network saw all secondary schools across the region offered football to non-participating boys and girls within the schools.

 

Active School Co-ordinators have focused their efforts on girls' football this year, and the programme has paid off with seven of the eight Moray Secondary Schools now running weekly football sessions for girls in S1-S3.

 

The seven schools involved in the Soccer One initiative are Elgin High School, Elgin Academy, Milnes High School, Lossiemouth High School, Keith Grammar School, Buckie High School and Speyside High School, with Keith having enough girls to enter two teams at the festival.

 

Scottish FA Regional Manager Graeme Sutherland said: “It's great that the first festival in Moray was such a success and credit must go to John McMulkin and his Active Schools team in Moray for the efforts made to get this programme up and running.”

 

Active Schools co-ordinator Peter Davidson said: “The Soccer One project has allowed schools to offer football to non-participating boys and girls who enjoy physical activity and the challenge of a competitive game. It is first and foremost about participation, but also gives players the opportunity to develop their skills and increase their potential.”

 

Bank of Scotland Soccer One is a national network of football activity running in participating Secondary Schools from August to June. Run in partnership with the Scottish FA, the programme aims to create new football teams in schools for boys and girls, regardless of ability.

 

The programme has proved so successful that for this season, 2008/2009, it has expanded to all 32 local authorities in Scotland a year ahead of schedule. Over 300 schools are currently participating reaching 8,800 young people.

If you would like to find out more about the Bank of Scotland Soccer One programme, or are interested in playing, managing or volunteering within girls' and women’s football please contact Finella Annand on fin@nrgfl.co.uk