Foot­ball club ‘op­ti­mistic’ over fu­ture

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A ‘FIVE-YEAR plan’ to bring com­mu­nity spirit back to a Lochaber foot­ball club in jeop­ardy was out­lined at a cru­cial meet­ing.

Fort Wil­liam Foot­ball Club’s (FWFC) board of di­rec­tors en­cour­aged more people to of­fer phys­i­cal help to safe­guard the club’s fu­ture and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the High­land League in light of the im­mi­nent re­ti­ral of board/ com­mit­tee mem­bers.

Dur­ing the meet­ing on April 24 in FWFC’s so­cial club, Alan Gray who cur­rently is in­volved with South Lochaber This­tle (SLT), said he and four or five oth­ers are in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a coach­ing and man­age­ment team with FWFC. He added that de­pend­ing on the out­come of Mon­day’s meet­ing, he could start putting plans in mo­tion in the next few weeks.

Mr Gray said while SLT is an am­a­teur team, it at­tracts up to 30 lo­cal boys for train­ing weekly. Youth de­vel­op­ment was em­pha­sised through­out the meet­ing, as well as a de­sire to get more lo­cal play­ers on the team sheet.

Mr Gray stressed the prob­lems might not be fixed overnight but that if the team had more of a lo­cal fo­cus, fam­i­lies would sign up to var­i­ous jobs.

Ron­nie MacLean, a FWFC di­rec­tor, said he feels a lot more confident about the fu­ture of the club in light of the discussions. Any­one who would like to vol­un­teer should con­tact the club secretary on 07803 049571.

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