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It was Santa hats to the fore as Lochnell Football Club’s Under 13s staged their final training session for 2020.
The session took the form of a team skills competition and concluded with presentations to those who had been at the club through their primary school years and have now moved on to form the club’s first 11-a-side squad.
Despite the circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, the squad has managed to train regularly and have played several friendlies against local opposition, all within the strict SFA training and playing safety protocols. They even managed to squeeze in one Glasgow League game against fellow Argyll side Dunoon YFL, coming out on top to end the year with a 100 per cent league record – played one, won one!
‘To be able to train and play at all in light of the present challenges has been a real bonus,’ commented Lochnell FC chairman and lead coach of the Under 13 squad Don Mcallister.
‘This has been made possible by the tremendous efforts made by coaches, parents and players across all sections of the club in applying the SFA health and safety framework, which is allowing more than 100 youngsters across all our age groups at the club to keep physically fit and healthy at a time when it would have been easy to give up hope.’
The club will return to action once the present ‘lockdown’ eases and wish all their sponsors and supporters a brighter, healthier 2021.