Last weekend Kilwinning Community Sports Club (KCSC) hosted their first ever 2 day Festival of Football. Hopefully this festival will become part of the football calendar and is considered a great way to start the season.
The festival for KSCS is at the very heart of the community. The organising committee believe that this festival will bring together players, families, and members of the community to enjoy the sporting achievements of our young people.”
This year’s festival was particularly challenging as not only was this our first festival but the main co-ordinator for the event Craig Burns of KSC Tigers, suffered a heart attack 10 days before the event. Although all our thoughts were with Craig, we pulled together as a committee to absorb Craig’s workload. Craig is now on the road to recovery thankfully.
Over the two days we hosted 104 teams from age groups 2001 thru to 2008. Teams involved came from as far as Blackburn, West Lothian, East Kilbride and Giffnock. The 2001 & 2002 teams played in two group stages of 4 teams on Saturday and on Sunday competed for the semi-final and final. There was also 3rd/4th play- off matches. The 2001 age group played for the Chameleon Graphics Shield and the 2002 age group played for the Ian Cashmore Trophy. The Ian Cashmore Trophy was in memory of a dear friend who passed away this year. Ian was a founder member of KCSC in 2000 and was a successful coach within the club. Ian was a hugely successful professional player with Ayr United and Berwick Rangers but sadly a freak accident at training left Ian confined to a wheelchair.
On the Saturday we also had our 2003 thru 2005 teams playing in Group games with each team playing 5 games in total. On the Sunday we welcomed the 2006 thru 2008 teams. Everyone on both days received a participation medal with each team receiving a KCSC pennant.
This year’s event was a huge success and not just due to committee, young people, dedicated coaches and parent volunteers of KCSC because without them none of this the large turnout of teams. “When you see the children at the end of the day smiling and happy it makes all the effort worthwhile” said Youth Chairman Stevie Anderson. We had extremely adverse weather throughout the two days with torrential rain forcing the final group games to be abandoned. Fortunately KSCS have two first class show parks and a magnificent 3G Astro pitch which we were able to utilise to complete the group games. Thankfully the sun eventually shone on us to complete our festival.
In the 2001 Final Bonnyton Thistle beat Glenburn MW 1-0 in a great advert for boys’ football. In the 2002 Final, AC Irvine just edged out GSC Giffnock 4-2. The finals were attended by Kilmarnock FC players Robbie Muirhead & Greg Kiltie.
Also on both days we had side shows which included David Mennie, Professional Football Freestyler. Beat the Goalie with Ross Stewart, son of ex Rangers goalkeeper Jim, a very busy Hot Shot area, Face Painting amongst other things. Unfortunately due to the adverse weather conditions the Bouncy Castle and Zorb Football was cancelled at the last minute.
We would like to thank all the volunteers on the day including our office staff who were keeping the results and league tables up to date. Huge thanks also to our grounds man Michael Morgan who miraculously made our show parks available. Thanks also to the 5 referees who worked tirelessly throughout the two days.
Stevie Anderson concluded, saying “I would like to thank the would be possible.” I would also like to thank all the teams that visited our magnificent facilities in dreadful weather conditions. I hope we will see you all again in 2015.
We are planning to continue to host this event on an annual basis. Next week the committee are going to sit down to have a wash up meeting to see what went well and what we could improve on to make this a “Not to be missed” football event.