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It is a bold move, and no small undertaking, to try to establish a league football club particularly on Arran where geographically and by numbers alone, can be left somewhat on the back foot.
So it is heartening to see a determined effort being made despite the difficulties faced – and there will be difficulties – by a small group of footballers who – while more than content to continue to represent their clubs in the local league – aspire to an even bigger playing field by representing Arran as a whole.
There is no doubt that among the crop of Arran’s five teams there already exists the raw talent to compete in a larger arena with more opportunities and exposure. The real question though, is can the regulating powers of the SFA be convinced that Arran could provide a consistent and committed competitor who can assure them of longevity and availability?
We have seen that it can work – take the Arran Ladies hockey team for example – they not only compete in the West District Hockey League but have already moved up a league.
So wish the Isle of Arran Amateur Football Club success in their application and encourage everyone to put their support behind it.