As the World Cup kicks off this week, Aberdeen’s annual celebration of the mighty game is already hitting the back of the net.
The Denis Law Legacy Trust Community Football Festival has been a popular summer event in the city for years with a goal to make football accessible to everyone in the local community.
Launched in May this year, the football festival is hosted by Aberdeen Sports Village in association with Aberdeen Football Club, the Scottish Football Association and the AFC Community Trust.
The festival has always been supported and endorsed by iconic Scottish football legend Denis Law CBE who originated from Aberdeen and had a successful career as a striker for clubs including Manchester United and Manchester City.
The goal of the annual event is to encourage people of all ages across the community to get involved and enjoy football and there are a range of events taking place at ASV across the summer targeting all abilities, from toddlers to over 60s.
It’s estimated that more than 1500 participants will take part in the activities, young and old, men and women, girls and boys, beginners and seasoned players. From walking football for those not able or wanting to run around, to corporate tournaments for businesses to compete, the festival gives everyone the chance to get involved.
ASV run and manage the tournament on behalf of the Denis Law Legacy Trust. ASV CEO Duncan Sinclair said: “The Denis Law Legacy Trust Community Football Festival is an exciting part of our summer programme every year. Getting people across our community involved in sport is a key focus for us and the football festival has the same goals so we are delighted to host it over the summer at our world-class facilities.
“We want to see people of all ages and abilities using our facilities and getting excited about sport, so we’re thrilled that thousands of visitors will be pitching up to enjoy the festival and be inspired to get fit and choose a healthy lifestyle.
“We are delighted to introduce the first Girls Festival this year to the event. Women’s football has evolved massively in the UK and around the world in the last few years and with participation in the sport growing locally, this is a great opportunity for the girls to show off their footballing skills.”
The Girls Festival is open to girls from primary six to secondary two and will take place on 24 June from 11.00-13.00. Incorporating some fun, there will be a mass dance warm up, highland games themed activities, football matches with the Streetsport team and a chance to watch AFC Ladies match at 1pm.
The Corporate 7’s tournament on 25 July is an opportunity for the adults to dust off their football boots and plan their tactics in the office for weeks in advance. There are still spaces available for companies to compete. Team entry is £100 per team, with some great prizes on offer.
The Denis Law Legacy Trust’s Streetsport programme is hosting a tournament on 27 June from 7pm to 9pm. The Streetsport programme will be taking seven young people from each of the geographic areas in which currently operates, and holding a friendly, round-robin 5-a-side tournament.
A registered charity, The Denis Law Legacy Trust operates and delivers a number of programmes that enable young people to take part in and gain free access to sport and other creative activities within their local communities. With the aim to reduce instances of youth crime and anti-social behavior; promote health and wellbeing and encourage inclusivity through sport, physical activity and creative endeavor.
The Legacy Trust will fund transport for all participants to and from Aberdeen Sports Village, giving these participants an opportunity to experience world class sporting facilities first hand. It is hoped each team will be managed on the night by local footballing legends, giving the youngsters an even more memorable occasion to enjoy. Spectators are welcome to come along and watch the legends in action.
The festival will culminate with a family sports day at ASV on Saturday 28 July, where friends and families can come together and join the fun filled programme of activities.
The day will include a host of activities to suit all abilities and interests for children aged 5-12. To relax the mind and increase flexibility, yoga is available for families to join it. For those with racquet co-ordination, it’s time to show the family your skills in either badminton, table tennis or squash. Other activities throughout the day include Streetsport football which is a drop in session running from 11.30-14.30, dry dive/trampoline, athletics, multi sports and athletics. It is free to take part, and bookings are now open. Every child who comes to the Sports Day will receive a voucher to give them the opportunity to try out a class at ASV where classes range from pre-school to teens.
To find out more about the Denis Law Legacy Trust Community Football Festival or for more information on Aberdeen Sports Village please contact ASV on 01224 438900. Full programme of events are available on line www.aberdeensportsvillage.com/denis-law-community-festival-2/