Balwearie High School, Lochgelly High School and Madras College signed up for round one of the 2017 Disability Sport Fife 7s League. All three schools competed in both S1/S2 and S3 – S6 sections. Many thanks to the many school staff who are committed to the development of football for players with additional support needs and who continue to assist with the organisation of the League. The tournament has come a long way in seven years. A few schools were missing from round one but hope to be present in rounds two and three.
The S1/S2 section looks as if it will be close this year if the January results are anything to go by. Madras College and Lochgelly HS shared the honours with five points each and Balwearie HS finished third with two points. Callum Nicoll (Madras College) and Ryan Baird (Lochgelly HS) were top goal scorers with three goals each.
Balwearie HS players have won the senior section for the past four years following wins by Lochgelly HS in years one and two. It was an all-too-familiar situation again this year as Balwearie HS topped the section with six points and Lochgelly HS and Madras College finished with four and two points respectively. Thirteen goals in total were scored in the senior section with Stuart Taylor from Balwearie HS finishing top scorer with four goals.
DSF is indebted to David McArdle from the Scottish FA for continued support of football development in Fife. DSF is also indebted to Derek Lowe, Area Coordinator for the Fife Referees Association and to Andrew McGachan and Alistair Watt who officiated at the January event. The provision of the excellent Kirkcaldy High School football facilities has been instrumental to the League’s success. Special thanks to Rector Derek Allan and Principal Teacher of PE Malcolm Stewart.
Richard Brickley MBE
President, Disability Sport Fife