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Thompsons Personal Injury Solicitors has reinforced its commitment to former mining communities with a sponsorship package for midnight league football.

Thompsons Solicitors, Scotland’s leading trade union and personal injury specialist firm, will sponsor the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s Midnight League Finals and the Home Internationals between midnight league teams from Scotland, England and Wales.

Bruce Shields, Solicitor-Advocate and Partner at Thompsons Solicitors said: “Thompsons Solicitors has a long and proud tradition as trade union lawyers. We have always supported miners, their families and their communities and we continue to act for the NUM.

“We are delighted to once again sponsor the midnight league football which makes such a huge contribution to the quality of life in former mining communities by engaging young people in a really positive way.

“The midnight league teams who make it to the national finals enjoy the thrill of playing at the state-of-the-art Toryglen Regional Football Centre in Glasgow, while those lucky enough to be chosen for the Home Internationals will this year go to Wales to represent their country.”

Scottish Trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Nicky Wilson said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome sponsorship from Thompsons Solicitors who are held in such high esteem throughout coalfields areas.

“The Trust started to support Midnight League football as a positive diversion to keep young people occupied, and stop them hanging about street corners particularly at weekends.

“But it’s hard to overstate how much youngsters get out of these events. The families of some of the Alloa lads who represented Scotland in last year’s Home Internationals described it as a ‘life-changing experience’ for them.

“So we are extremely grateful to Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland for their support to help us maintain the high standards of these events.”

Thompsons will once more sponsor the Scottish teams in the Home Internationals which will be held on the University of Glamorgan’s campus near Cardiff on the first weekend in September 2010.

The Thompsons Solicitors support package also includes sponsoring the Midnight League Finals which the SFA runs on behalf of the CRT, and will take place at Toryglen on June 13, 2010.

The Finals are the culmination of regular Midnight Leagues which the Coalfields Regeneration Trust co-sponsors with the Bank of Scotland and are played, week in and week out in twenty Scottish coalfields areas.

The Midnight League programme is run by the Scottish FA in partnership with The Bank of Scotland, Coalfields Regeneration Trust, CashBack for Communities, local authorities and police forces.

The aim is to get young people off the street and onto the pitch, and last year over 10,000 people played Midnight League football at 70 venues across every local authority in Scotland. 

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