Charity football festival

CHARITY DAY: Action from one of the event's previous matches.
CHARITY DAY: Action from one of the event's previous matches.

There will be a one-day charity football festival at Hat-Trix Soccer Complex in Cumbernauld on Sunday, May 4.

The family fun event will support a cause close to the hearts of many local people - Strathcarron Hospice.

Organiser Ian Elliottsaid: “There will be plenty of things on besides football. We’ll have a mini carnival with pony trekking, face painting and a dance crew. There will also be a pipe band.

“The main event is the match between the George Thomson Select team against well-known all celebrity team Dukla Pumpherston.

“ Paul Lawson of Motherwell FC has also agreed to do the prizegiving.”

The George Thomson Memorial Cup will be held from 9am until 5pm, and be followed by an evening ball also in Hat-Trix. Admission is £3 for adults and £1.50 for children and pensioners.

The football action kicks off at 9.30am with a U16 cup game between Renfrew Vics and Clydebank, and is followed at 11am with Amateur competition between Anderson Victoria and Cumbernauld Rovers.

There will also be a seven-a-side tournament running throughout the day featuring three Cumbernauld teams and one from East Kilbride.

For more on this event, which is now in its third year, join the online discussion on the George Thomson Memorial Cup Facebook page.

The festival has raised around £4,000 for Strathcarron Hospice. Ian thanks everyone who has supported it.