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London 2012: Selkirk forest football kit designs picked

The winners have been chosen in a contest to design strips which will be worn by footballers when they play on a specially-created forest pitch as part of the 2012 Olympics events.

Primary pupils from Ayr, Edinburgh, Letham in Fife and Melrose in the Borders created the successful entries.

The Forest Pitch, near Selkirk, is being built as an artistic celebration of the 2012 Olympics.

The matches will be played on 21 July this year.

The search is currently on for men and women over the age of 18 to play in the games.

In order to take part they must have become a British citizen or have been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK at any point since 2000 and be resident in Scotland.

More than 2,000 pupils submitted designs for the strip competition with the four winners being Kerr Carlyle, of Dalmilling Primary in Ayr; Anah Dodds, of Letham Primary in Fife; Mia Gordon of Edinburgh Academy and Amelia Purkis, of Lilliesleaf Primary School in Melrose.

There was also a special commendation for Ben Logan, of Maxwellton Primary School in East Kilbride.

Sports Minister Shona Robison, who announced the results at the Scottish Football Museum in Glasgow, said: "Forest Pitch shows the power of sport in bringing people together.

"The football strips these young people have designed are going to be worn by people that we have welcomed to come and live here in Scotland.

"This fantastic competition has helped young people think about some of these issues which are so critical in the 21st Century."

'Effective contrast'

The artist behind the Forest Pitch project, Craig Coulthard, said the quality of the entries had been high.

"It was incredibly difficult to select the winners, but we were all struck by the originality and imagination shown by each of the winners, and we were happy to have four designs with different artistic approaches," he said.

"Importantly, these designs also worked well as a group, providing an effective contrast with one another, which is vital in a football match."

Forest Pitch is one of a range of projects commissioned to complement the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Artists taking the lead commissions came up with "place-specific events" which aimed to "engage communities and celebrate the spirit of the Olympics".

The Forest Pitch strip design exhibition runs in the gallery at the Scottish Football Museum until 15 July.

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