Director Fergus Linehan launches the International Festival's partnership with Castlebrae High in 2015. The Festival has now forged a similar partnership with Leith Academy. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Steve Cardownie: Festival of fun for kids on the fringe of the city

Given the number of column inches in this paper dealing with ­festivals recently I took the opportunity to meet up with Julia Amour, director of Festivals Edinburgh, which is the umbrella organisation that promotes their interests and speaks on their behalf. I was particularly interested in what the festivals’ legacy was, what was happening behind the scenes (pun intended) and what impact was made on the city.

Participation in youth football helps boys and girls grow into responsible adults. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Hutchison Vale is the kind of club that needs support – Steve Cardownie

“Youth football is nothing if it’s not about social inclusion. For us, and I’m sure this applies to other clubs too, it’s about bringing boys and girls together from all backgrounds to enjoy sport. To give them a purpose and to keep them active. If they are healthy and focused and learning the core skills of a sport – discipline, organisation, communication, friendship and so on – then they will hopefully be better equipped to avoid some of the obvious distractions that society will put in front of them and more driven when it comes to their education and in the fullness of time, work.”

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