Kinlochleven football match raises more than £1,200 for pitch fund

Local footballers in Kinlochleven who formed themselves into Celtic and Rangers supporters teams for a charity match. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO-F29-Island-Park-Teams-scaled.jpg
Local footballers in Kinlochleven who formed themselves into Celtic and Rangers supporters teams for a charity match. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO-F29-Island-Park-Teams-scaled.jpg

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Kinlochleven’s Island Park is now carefully manicured and ready to welcome users, although a bit more work is needed before it can host sporting events, writes Iain Ferguson.

Thanks to the efforts of the recently formed Island Park Community Field Charity it has had several ‘haircuts’ to bring the grass down to a height where it is an attractive location for picnics and pets.

Kinlochleven's Island Park. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F29 Island Park
Kinlochleven’s Island Park. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

One of the charity’s first acquisitions was a sit-on mower, bought with assistance from the Kinlochleven Community Development Fund and The Highland Council Ward Discretionary Fund.

Many days and many trips up and down the park by volunteers, who also built a shed to house the mower, have been rewarded with an extensive area of short, attractive, green grass.

However, while a good start has been made, fundraising goes on to pay for further work, such as spiking and rolling to smooth out the surface and help drainage, so it is in perfect condition the be used for football and other sports.

Recently, keen local footballers, who play for fun and fitness each Monday evening, formed themselves into Celtic and Rangers supporters teams for a charity match on the village Astroturf pitch.

A shot of the action from the match at Kinlochleven. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.pics ATTACHMENT DETAILS NO-F29-KL-Celtic-v-Rangers-02-scaled.jpg
A shot of the action from the match at Kinlochleven. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.pics

The match raised almost £1,200, which will be added to the fund, and winners Celtic were presented with the Colin MacDougall Shield, named after a local man who  throughout his life encouraged young people to look after the village.

Hopeful skippers Rangers’ Sam Moffat and Celtic’s Michael MacLean with Lesley MacDougall, who presented it to Michael after his teams’ 6-2 win. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F29 Island Park captains
Hopeful skippers Rangers’ Sam Moffat and Celtic’s Michael MacLean with Lesley MacDougall, who presented it to Michael after his teams’ 6-2 win. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

Fundraising continues this Saturday (July 17) with a sale of homebaking and a raffle, with many other events planned thought the year to improve and maintain Island Park as a major asset to the village.