young guns aiming for red letter finals day

Sam Finn (U13), Steven Drummond (U15), Jamie Dickson (U17 and Euan Thomson (U13) with Gerry Aprile (Vice President -back left) and Frankie Scott (Club President - back right)
Sam Finn (U13), Steven Drummond (U15), Jamie Dickson (U17 and Euan Thomson (U13) with Gerry Aprile (Vice President -back left) and Frankie Scott (Club President - back right)

GALASHIELS is the venue and a gala day of football is the occasion.

At Netherdale on Sunday, however, Hawick is very much to the fore.

For Hawick Youth Under-nine, U-10, U-11, U-13, U-15 and U-17 are all involved in the Cameron Gunn Football Festival.

The event will see youngsters from all over the Borders taking part.

Hawick Youth committee member, Mark Palmer explained: “The Cameron Gunn Football Festival is a great day and Hawick Youth are very much involved in it.

“The U-13, U-15 and U-17 have all qualified to play in their respective cup finals, although the U-15s match is off as their opponents, Leithen Vale, can’t raise a team due to players being away on a school trip.

“This final has been put back to a later date, but they will be playing as they take on an Academy Select.

“The U-13s and U-17s have both done extremely well to reach their finals and it shows just how well Hawick Youth football must be doing.”

The younger Hawick teams won’t be competing for trophies, but will be involved in a round robin tournament, ensuring there’s something for everyone on Sunday.

The success of the Youth set-up in the town is remarkable considering the organisation was founded only a year ago.

And Mr Palmer admitted it has gone better than anyone could have expected.

He said: “Hawick Youth has been a huge success. Before it came about youth football in the town had been run independently, but now everything is under the same banner.

“All of the teams have proper strips with the Hawick Youth badge on them. The best of equipment is used in training and Hawick Youth has put a number of people through courses to get their coaching badges.”

While the town’s senior sides have struggled on the pitch this season, Mr Palmer is confident their burgeoning youth set-up can turn around their fortunes in years to come.

And he has paid tribute to the hard-working committee for their help in creating such a thriving group.

“Hawick Youth was formed to get youngsters interested in football, to get a feeding system going that would allow young players to move through to Border Amateur football, East of Scotland and hopefully even further.

“And I think we’ve got off to an encouraging start as the U-15s have won a championship and reached a cup final as have the U-13s and U-17s.

“We’re very fortunate to have football-minded people like Frankie Scott, Gerry Aprile, Cameron Luke, David Thomson and David McLean in key positions in what is a very strong committee.

“The coaching staff is also excellent and there are a lot of people to thank, including parents, who have helped make Hawick Youth the force it has become.”