Sunshine in Moray made a football skills event a day to remember for hundreds of young people.

Elgin City manager Ross Jack and several of his first-team players, including star striker Paul Millar, turned out at Bishopmill Primary School on Saturday to show their support.

In what is understood to have been the first of its kind in Moray, the day focussed entirely on footballing skills which ended with each attendee receiving a medal.

Parents, teachers and football coaches teamed up to ensure the girls and boys from across the region had a day to remember.

Organiser Tim Dickinson said: “We organised a tournament that would allow all kids of all abilities to take part in a trophy-free competition.

"It allowed them to try out different football skills irrespective if they are superstars of the future or just finding their feet, they will still be able to enjoy the game.

“The essence of the day was that they enjoyed the experience and we were very lucky with the amazing weather we had and the huge support from parents and teachers of Bishopmill Primary and also Moray Council through their football development coordinator Arthur Jack - also a Scottish FA employee."

Arthur added: "The Scottish FA and Moray Council were delighted to support such a skills based event which was new and fresh for the Moray area.

"The fact that it was leading away from knock out tournament football and trophy’s at primary age football was encouraging and it was great to see the boys and girls competing with a smile on their faces.

"Any school in the Moray area wishing to do anything similar in the future we would be willing to support 100%.

"We were also grateful to Elgin City Football Club who came along to lend their support.”

Elgin City manager Ross Jack said: “The event was set up superbly with a lot of different activities and games for the youngsters to enjoy, there were smiles all around and a number of coaches there to encourage and help out.

“You can see that a lot of the football routines have a skill context to them – it is not about winning trophies but it is still competitive, the young boys and girls still want to be the best and beat their team-mates so there is always going to be an element of competition in football.”

The event is one of many programmes the club support as part of their community engagement initiatives.

Ross added: “At Elgin City we are fortunate in having Robbie Hope, our community officer, working hard alongside projects of this nature.

“This was a fantastic event for the community – and for us a lot of these kids might never play for the club but they will be supporters or work for us in other capacities.

“So we are more than delighted to be able to support Bishopmill in this event and hope that it will be the forerunner for many more.”