Dozens of youngsters enjoy Oban football camp

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Dozens of youngsters recently attended LiveArgyll’s five-day summer football camp in Oban.

Among them were the grandsons of Walter Smith, Murdo MacLeod and the owner of Kilmarnock Football Club.

The young footballers were coached by football development officer Martin Rae, Elliot Dougall and Colin Carswell.

Speaking about the event, Martin said: ‘It is an absolutely fantastic opportunity and it is a great service LiveArgyll provide to young people in Argyll and further afield.’

Players attended from Oban, Mull, Islay, Stirling, Ayrshire, Campbeltown and Rothesay.

‘It’s not just about the football,’ the development officer said. ‘It’s also the social inclusion.

‘It’s a great experience for the youngsters for a week. They are out of their comfort zone and it gets them to improve.

‘There is a wide range of players coming to these camps, which is absolutely brilliant. It’s a great opportunity for players to get a new experience being away from home and play against players of potentially higher ability.’

Speaking about the youngsters from famous footballing families coming to the camp, Martin said: ‘It is great the players support the programmes. It shows they must be liking them.’

Euan Bowie, whose dad owns Kilmarnock Football Club, said the camp was ‘tiring’, but he enjoyed everything about it.

A young girl shows coach Colin Carswell how to put in a tackle.

Martin added: ‘It’s fantastic to have two girls with us for the full week.’
Martin said that following the Women’s World Cup, more girls had been attending the camps in Argyll and he hopes it will continue to inspire more.