Kinlochleven residents are on the ball at community event

The enthusiastic players who took part in Kinlochleven Community seven-a-side match. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,

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Men and women of all ages and abilities took to the Astroturf in Kinlochleven last week in a community seven-a-side football mini tournament.

Action from the game. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,

The fun evening to bring people together came from a discussion between Matthew Prosser, who organises a regular Monday evening ‘kickabout’, and Highlife Highland staff at the Leven Centre.

In looking for something which could involve the whole community, they came up with the idea of a football game with mixed teams.

Lots of people expressed an interest in taking part, although plans had to be  put on hold due to Covid.

With the recent relaxation of  restrictions, four teams took the field in a series of good-natured games, helped along by refreshments donated by the community.

Mixed teams took to the astroturf at Kinlochleven. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,

Matthew Prosser said at the event: ‘I  came up with the idea of a seven-aside village tournament and on discussing it with Maria and Emma from the Leven Centre decided to extend it to make a mixed team event.

‘We got loads of interest and we’ve got approximately 25 folk playing tonight of all ages and abilities.

‘It’s a fantastic community initiative which we hope to repeat again and perhaps make it a fundraiser for local charities.’