On Tuesday 24th May, over 100 young footballers from the North participated in the second Bank of Scotland Midnight League Regional Finals at Banks O’Dee.
The Regional Final was a combination of this year’s Bank of Scotland Midnight League programme which has been running since January in communities across all 32 Local Authorities in Scotland. The Scottish FA introduced the new ‘Community Captains’ initiative to the programme this year. Each team was nominated a community captain to provide more responsibility by organising their squad’s attendance, encouraging good behaviours and promoting the sessions on a weekly basis and, as such, over 15 teams attended the North Midnight League Regional Final thanks to the Community Captains.
Former Aberdeen captain and Scotland centre back Russell Anderson attended the Bank of Scotland Midnight League Regional Final to present the medals and trophies and pass on some words of wisdom to the community captains.
Anderson said: “I am a massive advocate of the Bank of Scotland Midnight League programme. Having recently started at my new role within the Aberdeen FC Community Trust, this is one programme that we heavily support. To get kids off the street and playing football every Friday and Saturday night has a positive effect in the Aberdeen community and no doubt across the county.
Bank of Scotland representative Alan Flint, Relationship Director, Private Banking , attended the Regional Final and said:
“Congratulations to all the teams on reaching the North Final. Having Russell Anderson, a former Aberdeen Football Club captain and model ambassador in the Scottish game, attend is magnificent for all the players involved and especially the community captains who have been picking up invaluable advice all afternoon.
'It’s one of the Bank’s key programmes through which it further delivers upon its commitment to help Scotland prosper. Bank of Scotland is extremely proud of its 13 year association with the Midnight League and the positive effect it has in communities across the country."
Also a huge supporter of Midnight League are CashBack for Communities. CashBack is a Scottish Government programme which takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities and programmes for young people across Scotland.
In addition to governing the game, the Scottish FA is responsible for the continued growth and development of the grassroots aspects of the sport by supporting players, coaches, volunteers and referees.
CashBack for Communities has supported the Scottish FA since 2008 to deliver a wide range of activities for young people in their communities. This has included the roll out of the Schools of Football concept and also the Midnight League Project.
Find your local Midnight League session on www.scottishfa.co.uk/midnightleague