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March is set to be an exciting month for the Taynuilt Primary football team as pupils will enjoy new training equipment after receiving support from a local fish farm firm.
Argyll-based trout farmer Dawnfresh recently sponsored the new football club, made up of 20 boys and girls aged from primary four to seven. The sponsorship was granted after Dawnfresh received a request from the pupils and will be used towards training equipment, ladders, cones and training jackets.
The team trains on Wednesdays after school and is coached by Taynuilt P6/7 teacher Jennifer Love and Oban High PE teacher Neil Donald.
Their most recent accomplishment was travelling to Newcastle to watch Newcastle United v Leicester City and having a training session with the Newcastle coaches. Two pupils also got to be ball boys and meet the Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers.
Ms Love said: ‘We are very thankful to Dawnfresh for supporting the local football team. As a new club, our resources are very limited and getting funding from local businesses has been key to take off.
‘My pupils and I are very committed to the team and it was them who took the initiative to write to local businesses for sponsorship. The local sports shop in Oban has been brilliant in helping us organise our shopping list and we look forward to beginning using this very much needed equipment.’
Greig MacPhail, seawater production manager at Dawnfresh, said: ‘As soon as our team in Loch Etive received the request from the Taynuilt pupils to support the local football club, we wanted to help.
‘Most of our staff are from the area so we wanted to do something that would benefit the pupils and the club. We wish the team the best of luck in bringing Taynuilt at the top of the league.’