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By Lewis Irons

OVER 70 schoolgirls from across the region attended a football festival at the Queen of the South Arena last week.

Girls from S1 to S3 from Castle Douglas, Douglas Ewart, Dumfries High, Dumfries Academy, Maxwelltown High, St Joseph’s and Sanquhar Academy took part in the festival, organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council in partnership with the Scottish FA and Queen of the South FC.
Councillor Tom McAughtrie said: “It is magnificent to see so many girls turn out at the festival. It’s equally pleasing to see partners working so well with each other.
“The Queen of the South Arena is a wonderful community facility and it’s great to see schools from across the region reaping the benefits from the facility, and not just the schools local to it.”
Featuring at the event was S3 Dumfries High pupil Kirsten Laing who was told earlier this week that she’s been called into the Scottish Schools under 15’s squad for the upcoming football festival in Jersey in mid-March.
She said: “I am really excited to be given the opportunity. I play for Celtic under 17’s and have represented Scotland before, but it is still a big honour to be selected for the Scottish Schools team. Jersey is only a few weeks away so I am really looking forward to it.”
Mr McAughtrie added: “The work that our schools and football development officers do is clearly rubbing off, with our pupils being called up to national squads. I wish Kirsten all the best representing Scotland in March.”

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