Foot­ball fun

Chil­dren de­light at foot­ball fes­ti­val

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Young foot­ballers on Ar­ran en­joyed a feast of foot­ball at the Ar­ran United Soc­cer Satur­day held at Ar­ran High School fields last week­end, wel­com­ing more than 170 chil­dren in the youth tour­na­ment. Mak­ing up three groups – fun 4s, su­per 5s and 7a-side – the teams com­pet­ing in the friendly games were, Lochnell, Oban, Tar­bert, Caledonia, Irvine Meadow and Ar­ran United.

Ar­ran United fielded two teams in the fun 4s and, de­spite some chal­leng­ing weather, they played to a high stan­dard. Both teams had six games each, play­ing foot­ball from noon to 3pm with great sup­port from the par­ents on the side­lines. The coach­ing team of Ross Dob­son and Fraser Barr en­sured that play­ers had a great day.

In the su­per 5s, Ar­ran United also fielded two teams. This sec­tion had the most teams and games ran from 11.50am to 3.30pm.

The Ar­ran teams, boosted by en­thu­si­as­tic home sup­port, played some ex­cep­tional foot­ball that would not be out of place in groups more ad­vanced in age. Coach and club sec­re­tary Matt Har­vey, who had Dave Mor­ri­son help­ing on the day, said: ‘ I am so very proud of all of the play­ers. They gave 100 per cent ef- fort on the day and got their re­wards. It was re­ally great to see structured youth foot­ball on Ar­ran which has not ex­isted be­fore.’

In the most com­pet­i­tive sec­tion, the 7-aside, Ar­ran United fielded one team who were up against some well or­gan­ised sides from the main­land. They played from 11.50am un­til 3.40pm and had six matches in to­tal. Coach Daren Townsend said his play­ers per­formed above ex­pec­ta­tions, man­ag­ing to get a few wins un­der their belt.

Or­gan­iser Matt Har­vey said: ‘This was the first time we hosted an event of this scale. Not only was it a huge suc- cess but the chil­dren re­ally en­joyed them­selves. We look for­ward to do­ing it all again next year. The club would like to say thanks to all the vol­un­teers who helped on the day with a spe­cial thanks to Mark West for pro­vid­ing the bar­be­cue and Serge El Adm from the Lam­lash Bay Ho­tel who not only cooked all of the food, but who also do­nated the pro­ceeds of £670 to the club.’

Ar­ran United has re­cently re­ceived Lotto fund­ing from Awards for All which has helped them pur­chase their smart train­ing kit and to train ad­di­tional coaches along with train­ing in first aid.

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An Ar­ran United player re­ceives help from his team-mate to de­fend against a Lochnell at­tack.

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The burger and hot dog stall did a roar­ing trade feed­ing the many hun­gry foot­ballers.

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2009 Oban Saints Ajax – team two.

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2009 Oban Saints Ajax – team one.

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2006 Oban Saints Madrid.

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Ref­eree Barry Smith gives the Ar­ran United play­ers a team talk prior to their game against Tar­bert.

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A Lochnell player surges ahead with Oban in hot pur­suit.

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An Ar­ran United player breaks through the op­po­si­tion to gain pos­ses­sion of the ball.

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