Inter-island tournament marks first for girls football in Northern Isles

A first-ever football tournament between Orkney and Shetland girls will take place this weekend, in what organisers hope will become an annual event.

The girls will play for one of three teams – under-13s, under-15s and under-17s – in the two-day event.

Around 40 youngsters will travel to Orkney to play in matches held on Saturday and Sunday at the Pickaquoy pitch in Kirkwall.

Scottish Sea Farms is supplying £5,000 to fund the inaugural Orkney v Shetland Girls Challenge Cup, after being approached by the company’s Kirkwall-based Kirsty Brown.

The funding will help towards the cost of hiring the pitch, the trophies and medals and a celebratory dinner on the Saturday night, as well as the travel and accommodation costs of the Shetland players.

Brown, who plays for Kirkwall City, and Orkney Women player Katie Foulis, collaborated with Shetland Girls Football secretary Adam Priest to get the tournament off the ground.

Priest said the funding had ensured the event was viable, and allowed them to take around 40 players down.

“The support we’ve had from Scottish Sea Farms has been instrumental in giving girls the opportunity to compete on a level playing field with their peers from other areas of Scotland.”

Priest, who helped establish girls’ football in Shetland in 2017, said it was tough for girls playing in boys’ leagues.

“To play other girls their age they have to travel out of Shetland as we don’t have enough players to start a girls’ league yet.”

A minutes silence will be held before the start of each age group in tribute to the Queen.


Add Your Comment

Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.