MORE than 800 young footballers turned up to take part in Drumchapel Amateurs Football Festival last weekend.

Teams from all over Scotland, with players aged five to 11, descended upon Clydebank Community Sports Hub (CCSH) to play football over two days.

John McNeill, Drumchapel Amateurs 2008 coach, told the Post: “The weekend was a great success. On the park, the young people showcased their talent and dedication to the game, playing every match with enthusiasm and respect for their opponents.

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“It was good seeing well over 1,000 fans and volunteers support the teams. They all mingled well and built a terrific atmosphere...even the weather was good.”

Those who turned up were asked to bring a donation for Drumchapel Food Bank, and hundreds were dropped off to support the charitable organisation.

John added: “As a community club, we wanted to support the local food bank, and would like to thank everyone that brought along donations and would ask that we all still support such a worthy cause.”

Liz Atkinson, manager at the food bank, said: “We are absolutely over the moon at the support. The donations came at the right time.”

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The Drumchapel Amateurs are now in their 74th year and have previously nurtured players like Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes.

John thanked Laura and Morgan Stewart for organising the festival, all the clubs who came along, and CCSH and all the staff for allowing use of the venue and “outstanding facilities”.

The coach also thanked all volunteers and coaches of all teams.

He said: “Their hard work and dedication makes sure the grassroots game is thriving in Scotlandand the future looks good.”