Sporting youngsters set example at Lochnell Football Festival

Some of Lochnell Football Club’s players with Gordon Seaton of Anderson Banks, who presented medals to all participants.

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The sun shone on the North Connel pitch on Saturday as Lochnell Football Club welcomed visiting teams from Argyll and beyond to their fourth annual festival.

More than 50 teams representing 11 clubs, spread across seven sections throughout the day, fought out keenly contested matches with the outcome of many games in doubt right up to the final whistle.

Players from Fort William to Campbeltown travelled to the North Connel venue where regular fly-pasts from aircraft leaving Oban Airport provided an extra attraction.

A highlight for participants was the newly extended playing surface, which was in splendid condition thanks to Argyll and Bute Council groundsman Ian Hay and his team.

The club also acknowledges the generous support of the festival’s first sponsors, Anderson Banks Solicitors and Estate Agents, which provided a commemorative medal for each of the 400 players.

Another first for the festival was the presence of referees who all gave generously of their time, and a mark of the sporting spirit and fair play displayed by the young players was that in the course of an incredible 145 games, not one yellow card was issued!

The club appreciates the support of all participating teams, some of whom travelled several hours to be at the festival, and are hoping to welcome them all back next year.