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Borders forest prepares to host Olympic football match

Published: 3 Jun 2012 09:300 comments

FOOTBALL and art will be united when four amateur teams play two matches on a specially-created pitch in the heart of a Borders forest near Selkirk.

Amelia Purkis, from Lilliesleaf Primary School, helped designed the strips for the match.

Edinburgh-based Craig Coulthard's Forest Pitch art experience is one of Scotland's most dramatic and delightful contributions to the Cultural Olympiad, which runs in tandem with the 2012 Olympic Games.

Some 60 players, mostly new Scots who have come to Scotland from all round the world for safety, love, work or study will take part in this special tournament on Saturday, July 21.

The men's and women's teams will be cheered on by around 1,000 spectators - each fan making their own contribution to this imaginative celebration of the true Olympian spirit and exploration of 21st-century Scottish culture and identity.

The games take place in a magnificent natural arena, cut from a spruce forest on the Buccleuch Estate, with live music and international food all adding to the match-day excitement.

Tickets need to be booked in advance from or by calling 01665 833751. Prices are £5 for adults, £3.50 for concessions and under-5s are free. Family tickets are £15. There is a booking fee of 50p per ticket.

Alternatively, for the chance to win a family ticket, pick up a copy of this week's Border Telegraph.

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