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Building on its success in 2021, the Maroon’d@Gala sports and music festival will return to Netherdale, home of Gala Rugby, on Saturday 20 August 2022.

Praised for its innovation and inclusivity, the inaugural edition of Maroon’d@Gala provided competition opportunities for primary school age rugby players through to under-14s, under-16s, under-18s, senior and ladies’ sections and players with physical and learning disabilities, as well as hosting football and running events.

In addition to the showpiece sporting event – which culminated with the final of the famous Gala Sevens - there were live bands, street food, themed drinks areas and fun zones.

Despite challenging weather conditions and the requirement to work in accordance with government coronavirus guidance, the 2021 event, which was free, was attended by around 3500-4000 people. It received overwhelmingly positive feedback with participants, vendors and spectators stating their intention to return for future editions.

Ian Dalgleish, Gala RFC President said: “The Maroon’d@Gala concept has been very well received and the success of our inaugural event this summer, coupled with positive feedback and the continued support of our partners, has given us confidence to bring it back in 2022.

“Together, we’re committed to creating a community event that local people want to be part of and to celebrate the proud sporting history of Gala Rugby, as well as to inspire our future stars. We also want to build on what we achieved this year and to extend the feel-good factor beyond the Netherdale site, maximising the positive economic impact in Galashiels town centre.”

Maroon’d@Gala was initially scheduled to take place in April 2019 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result of the success of the August 2021 event, a unanimous decision was taken to retain the summer date for 2022.

Further details will be announced in due course.

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