The Denis Law Legacy Trust Community Football Festival 2019: Reviewed

The latest Denis Law Legacy Trust Community Football Festival was held at the Aberdeen Sports Village last month and proved to be another huge success.

Highlights of the festival included the Sport di Strada, Corporate 7’s and Friends of the Charity tournaments as well as the Active Girls Day which kicked it all off.

Over 30 youngsters attended the Girls Festival on Saturday 20th which was run in partnership with Active Schools' Active Girls Committee and involved a variety of fun opportunities for girls between P4 & S2.

Tuesday evening compromised of the Sport di Strada Trophy which welcomes youth participants from Streetsport sessions throughout Aberdeen, and for the first time, also the Shire. Connor McLennan of Aberdeen FC made a guest appearance to kick off the night.

Eight teams were involved in the tournament; Catherine Street, Woodside, St Machar, Hazlehead, Inverurie, Torry, George Street and an all-female team from Northfield. The eventual winners were Catherine Street who are lucky enough to boast Aberdeen’s first Cruyff Court as their home pitch.

The annual trophy also included a massive inflatable dart board from P J S Events which enabled players who weren’t playing in a match to test their skills and accuracy. Charlie Elliot took home the young person award for her sharp shooting.

Alongside the Sport di Strada Trophy was the inaugural Friends of the Charity Tournament which was a coming together of friends and supporters of the Denis Law Legacy Trust. These were: CNOOC, RGU Sport, the Community Safety Team and OPEX Group.

The Corporate Seven’s was another great success and included; Atkins SNCL, Rigmar, ASV, EnerMech, NOV, Anderson Anderson Brown, Ferryhill, Lloyd’s Register, Aberdeen University, plus champions Hutcheon Electrical.

Mark Williams, COO of the Denis Law Legacy Trust, said: “It was great to see Aberdeen businesses getting behind the festival and taking part in the annual Corporate 7’s event. This year has seen a number of new supporters and I’m delighted with the addition to this fantastic group of like-minded people.

“The tournament was hotly contested with a fantastic range of abilities both young and old and whilst we congratulate the overall winners we are looking forward to seeing everyone back again next year.”

Also featuring through the week was a Transitional 9’s tournament for youngsters at Balgownie while the entrance of ASV hosted a Denis Law Exhibition which displayed rare memorabilia from throughout his career in the form of books, magazines, match programmes, a DVD, shirts and more.

The Denis Law Legacy Trust Community Football Festival is run annually in partnership with the Scottish Football Association, Aberdeen Football Club, Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust, Streetsport, Active Girls Committee and Aberdeen & District Juvenile Football Association, and our media partners The Evening Express.

Thanks to all involved who helped ensure 2019’s edition was another one to remember.

Please view some photos below which were captured by Andy Hall who very generously gives up his free time for the Trust. Simply click to enlarge them.