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There was shock news for the local footballing community today (Friday, January 26) with confirmation all six directors of Fort William Football Club CIC intend to step down from the board at the end of the 2017/18 season.
In a statement issued today, it was highlighted that the board of directors, together with a small group of dedicated volunteers, had kept the club operating over the past five years despite the many challenges which it had faced both on and off the field.
One director, Stewart Maclean, said: ‘After a five-year commitment, I personally do not wish to continue underwriting, with a fellow director, the funding of the club and, more importantly, I do not have the time required to continue attending to the day to day business of the club.
‘I will meet all of my obligations to the club until the end of this season. Fort William Football Club is an asset to Fort William and Lochaber – something that we all recognised when we became involved five years ago, and hopefully a new board will step forward.’
Fellow director Ronnie Maclean added: ‘It is time for the next generation to step up and ensure the future of a West Highland football team in the Scottish Highland League as there are important decisions to be taken over the next few months.
‘The outgoing directors have all confirmed that they will give every support to the new board and new committee members. By advising of our decision at this time, we believe that the new board will have time to settle in before the 2018/19 season.’
Another director, Marie McMillan, told us: ‘As we step down we wish to take the opportunity to acknowledge the commitment and work of the small band of volunteers, the management team, the dedicated squad of players and the support of the many club sponsors and loyal supporters.
‘Any individual or group wishing to take the club forward should, in the first instance, call 07836 608 089 or 07803 049 571.’
Mr Maclean concluded: ‘A lot of work has been done over the past five years in structuring the club and the new board will benefit from these endeavours.’