Milngavie FC invited a former professional footballer, SFA representatives and Miss Scotland to join in the fun in their first ever football festival.
The event, which took place at the West of Scotland Rugby Club, had inflatables and an outdoor disco providing the off-field entertainment to go with a special SFA Showcase for the football side. A VIP tent welcomed former Motherwell star and St Johnstone, Burnley and Blackburn Rovers manager, Owen Coyle, along with local councillors and event sponsors.
The festival ran for the first time last year as a schools-only event, and this year the club decided to increase the size and scale to mark the return of Milngavie Week, with the newly-formed Community Trust asking the football club to put on an event for nearby teams. Secretary Caroline Diaz and the rest of the committee at the club took up the mantle and for this year faced an ever bigger challenge with providing something bigger and better.
Ms Diaz called the event a ‘phenomenal success’, and points to the evidence of 65 teams participating and 800 medals being dished out on the day – by none other than Miss Scotland – and the weather being kind to boot.
The teams taking part included boys and girls, and an over-50s group playing walking football. There was also a disability group, and Ms Diaz paid particular tribute to Mr Coyle’s affable engagement with them.
Describing the event as a whole, she said: ‘To be honest, the amount of hard work the team put in, some of us working for over ten hours, just makes it even more of a massive satisfaction.
‘It was phenomenal and a huge thank you has to go to all the coaches, parents, committee and volunteers. Without them we wouldn’t have been able to run the activities, or have baking on sale – and enough staff to keep working the bar which got drank dry!’
Next season marks the club’s thirtieth anniversary and Ms Diaz joked that they will need to up their ante once again come Milngavie Week to top this year’s festival’s success.