Summer training for new Arran club

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Providing footballers with a possible taste of the training opportunities available to them, potential players in the Isle of Arran Amateur Football Club (AAFC) recently received an evening of advanced training from SFA development coach Craig Hamilton.

The event was organised by Alan Murray, the driving force behind the new club,  who are currently in a bid to join the Ayrshire Sunday League Amateur Football Association.

A total of 22 potential players for the Arran team, and those interested in furthering their football skills, joined Craig Hamilton at the Lamlash fields where the training took place owing to the Ormidale Sports Pavilion being occupied by the circus.

The training, rather than being purely fitness related, centred on spatial awareness, tactical play, teamwork and thinking on the fly.

The two groups then enjoyed an 11-a-side  match which Craig watched while giving advice to the players.

AAFC are currently awaiting the decision on whether they can join the mainland league but the decision is still pending while the committee who are considering the application, consult with the Scottish Amateur Football Association.

Regardless of the outcome the AAFC will still be formed by taking on players and the club will work on firmly establishing themselves for re-applying next year if their bid is unsuccessful.

Coach Alan Murray and Craig Hamilton welcome all of the players to the training session and explain what their objectives are. 01_B30training01

Ross Dobson and Danny Head mirror each others actions during a training excercise.  01_B30training03

Craig Hamilton talks players through their next exercise. 01_B30training04

The fast-paced 11-a-side game after the training kept the goalies on both sides very busy. 01_B30training05