Oban Norsemen gear up for competitve future

Oban Norsemen High School players get in gear with their new kit while the primary school brigade get down to basics under the watchful eye of coaches Peter Odoom, far left, William Humphries and Emma Gemmell, right.

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Oban’s newest team sport held an open session last week when youngsters from primary five upwards displayed their American Football skills.

Oban Norsemen – formerly Vikings – formed a year ago for high school age players. But now training has been extended to include the younger age group while the older more experienced players are ready for competitive action.

Resplendent in their new kit, funded by Oban Common Good, the Norsemen were put through their paces by head coach William Humphries and assistant coach Peter Odoom, while trainee coach Emma Gemmell helped out with the younger players.

Head coach William Humphries said: ‘It’s amazing how quickly they have all picked it up. We are really impressed.

‘We have a really strong core squad at the high school who turn out every week and it’s good to see them progress.

‘American football is a strategic sport, a bit like chess. It consists of intense stop and start phases whereas rugby is a constant motion.

‘Everyone thinks that it will be a difficult sport to learn but these guys have picked it up in two or three weeks. It’s been great.

‘It’s a new sport and getting the kit donated to us will help raise awareness as well as allowing the older players to step onto the competitive stage.’

Oban Norsemen are now aiming to get into the British American Football Association (BAFA) leagues. Anyone interested in joining can go along at 4pm any Friday to find out more.

Last Friday’s session was attended by parents, councillors, Live Argyll representatives and anyone else interested in learning more about the sport.