Children delight at football festival
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.
An Arran United player receives help from his team-mate to defend against a Lochnell attack.
The burger and hot dog stall did a roaring trade feeding the many hungry footballers.
2009 Oban Saints Ajax – team two.
2009 Oban Saints Ajax – team one.
2006 Oban Saints Madrid.
Referee Barry Smith gives the Arran United players a team talk prior to their game against Tarbert.
A Lochnell player surges ahead with Oban in hot pursuit.
An Arran United player breaks through the opposition to gain possession of the ball.