YOUNG footballers from Helensburgh and Lomond Primary Schools competed against each other at the Hermitage Academy as the annual Christian Aid football tournament made a welcome return.
After the competition was canceled in both 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, teams from seven local schools competed for the Karen Holborn Memorial Shield.
Qualifying groups were drawn, resulting in Group A with Cardross, Kilcreggan and Rhu, while Group B included Colgrain, Hermitage, Garelochhead and St Joseph’s.
Heavy, torrential rain failed to dampen the spirits of a very large crowd who witnessed a football festival of skill, determination and sportsmanship.
Colgrain and Hermitage advanced to contest the first semifinal while the other semifinal faced Cardross and Rhu. Two exciting matches ended with Colgrain and Cardross advancing to the finals where a very talented Colgrain side proved just too strong for their opponents and sealed a comfortable win to lift the Karen Holborn Memorial Shield.
Action from the finale
A spokesman for the organizers said: “Thanks to a number of groups for all their behind-the-scenes efforts – Eileen Drummond and colleagues from the Christian Aid team; to Martin Caldwell, our Active Schools Coordinator at Live Argyll; to tournament sponsor Helensburgh Toyota; to our referees Murray Fleming and Clive Charters, to Martin O’Brien Barden for capturing all the action and taking the team photos; and last but not least, Ardencaple FC for all their hard work in making another hugely successful event possible.”
St Joseph’s Elementary School
Caple Chairman Craig Holborn thanked all schools for attending, their players, their teachers and coaches, and their friends and families for supporting the event.
He also thanked Scott McTominay and his family for their continued support of Ardencaple FC.
Ardencaple players present a check to Ellen Lambert and John Hanks from the local Christian Relief Committee
Manchester United and Scotland star Scott donated a signed shirt which was the top prize in the raffle fundraiser, with all proceeds going to Christian Aid, along with a check for £100 from Caple.
Craig then presented the Shield to Colgrain and Toyota’s Kirsteen Don presented medals to all the finalists as well as Harry MacDonald, Colgrain’s skipper, the Player of the Tournament trophy.
Catherine Wright won the Manchester United shirt signed by Scott McTominay and receives her award from Eileen Drummond
The winning team of the Colgrain Primary
The evening raised £415 for the work of Christian Aid Scotland, while winning the autographed shirt of Catherine Wright, who will donate it to a (very excited!) member of her family.
A spokesman for Helensburgh’s Christian Aid Committee said: “Thank you to Ardencaple Football Club for organizing the event and for their generous donation of £100 to Christian Aid.
Garelochhead Primary School
Player of the Tournament Harry MacDonald, captain of the winning Colgrain Primary Team, with Toyota’s Kirsteen Don
“Thank you also to Helensburgh Toyota for sponsoring the event and to Scott McTominay’s family for donating the jersey.
“Well done to everyone who braved the weather, all the kids were amazing.”
Craig said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have facilitated another hugely successful event that reflects the great work that Caple is doing in our community.
“In fact, we are reaffirming that commitment by expanding our activities to include boys and girls born in 2017 who can now join Caple 1st – Football Fun for Wee Dribblers.
Kilcreggan Primary School
“Anyone interested should call club secretary Euan Birss on 07954 420778.
“We are also pleased to announce an important development regarding our girls soccer team and we will be participating in a girls-only league starting in August.
“Again, anyone interested should contact Euan.”