Linlithgow pupil is top designer

010212 Katie Taylor and winnibng artwork at springfield ps.
010212 Katie Taylor and winnibng artwork at springfield ps.

A YOUNG designer from Linlithgow will have her work displayed at Hampden after she was shortlisted in a football strip competition.

Katie Taylor (10) from Springfield Primary has made the 30-strong shortlist for the Forest Pitch strip design competition, a contest to create designs for teams taking part in a major cultural Olympiad event on July 21.

Over 2000 young people across Scotland entered and Katie’s strip will be exhibited in the Scottish Football Museum at the National Stadium until July.

Forest Pitch is a project to create a full size football pitch hidden within a forest in the Scottish Borders. The trees that have been felled to make space for the pitch are being used to create goalposts, a shelter and other infrastructure and the pitch is being made using recycled topsoil from a local football ground being replaced by an all weather surface.

In July, two football matches will be played on the pitch and there will be performances by local groups.

The players are people who have become British citizens or taken up permanent residency since 2000, and living in Scotland.

After the matches, the shelter will remain, the site will grow naturally, with native planting introduced, and it will be publicly accessible for up to 60 years. The football strip design contest, run with Education Scotland, asked pupils to explore the themes of diversity, mythology and national identity.

Artist Craig Coulthard, working for Forest Pitch, said: “I was overwhelmed by the response and fascinated by the many different ways the pupils responded to the brief. What I particularly liked about Katie’s design was the spirited drawing of a goalkeeper with trees for hands and forest greens.”

Four winning designs will be chosen from the shortlist, on February 7 by Sports MSP Shona Robison at the Scottish Football Museum.