The Scottish FA North Region held its inaugural Schools Summer Sevens over May and June 2010. These events were designed to compliment the work currently being delivered to S1 pupils by the dedicated group of coaches and volunteers across the North Region.
Initial qualifying rounds were held in Inverurie, Dingwall, Stornoway and Orkney with 86 teams involved across 2 days in May. These qualifiers saw 16 teams (eight boys and eight girls teams) progress into the finals held at the Highland Football Academy in Dingwall on Wednesday 16th June.
Both finals were a close affair with Lossiemouth High School overcoming Ellon Academy in the boys final, and Fraserburgh Academy girls beating Peterhead Academy in the girls final.
The finals day was attended by Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of Scottish Premier League who was on hand to meet some of the young players involved and hand out the winner’s trophy and medals.
Neil said, “I congratulate all those who have made it through to the final, and made the day a resounding success. The long term aim is to have sustainable schools football programmes in place across every local authority in Scotland. These events are integral to our community sports sponsorship programme and our support of grassroots football.”
Rod Houston, President of Scottish Schools' Football Association, commented “I am delighted with the response shown to these School Summer sevens and this is a vital part of the game across the North. The work carried out by volunteers, Schools, local authority staff and Scottish FA Football Development Officers has been excellent and we would hope to build on these events in the future.”
This event was supported by the Scottish FA North Region and continued the good work which until recently was supported by alternative sponsors. We are delighted to be able to support this event which has undoubtedly been a resounding success!