Free five-a-side as Midnight League returns to Scotland

Community programme returns for 2015 to offer youngsters the opportunity to play free football

Bank of Scotland Midnight LeagueThe Bank of Scotland Midnight League has returned for 2015 to provide free five-a-side football for 12- to 16-year-olds across Scotland.

Run in partnership between the Scottish FA, Bank of Scotland and Cashback for Communities, the Midnight League is a national network of five-a-side football available to young people in all 32 Scottish local authorities.

Usually held on Friday and Saturday evenings, the league aims to provide young people with the opportunity to play free five-a-side football, giving them something to do at weekends and something to look forward to, whilst aiming to reduce anti-social behaviour and engendering a community spirit.

Research conducted by the University of Stirling in 2012 found that over 85 percent of people believed the Midnight League had a positive effect on their local community, while instances of anti-social behaviour dropped by as much as 30 percent in some local authority areas when the leagues are in session.

The leagues are run by SFA coaches at local sports centres and other venues with teams competing in weekly leagues with the chance to play for trophies at regional finals days, while outstanding individuals stand a chance of being named Player of the Year for their region.

People wanting to get involved can either turn up at their local venue on their own and join a team, or come along with friends and form a team.

A full list of Midnight League events can be found on the Scottish FA website (PDF file).

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