Western Isles Junior Girls football event

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The second Western Isles Junior Girls football tournament has taken place with the feast of football being held at Sir E Scott School, Tarbert.

Teams from Uist (seven girls), Lewis and Harris (nine girls) and Barra (11 girls) attended and competed in the tournament which was the perfect showcase to the ever-blossoming young footballing talent spread through the island chain.

Team coaches were thrilled with the continuing improvement shown by the players with each of the games contested in an excellent, competitive yet fun spirit.

Football tournament organisers have stressed their intention to continue to tweak and shape the format to initiate more regular coaching for the Barra team in the very near future. This will enable the quality of the female game throughout the Western Isles to continue to progress and increase the pool of players eligible to play for the Western Isles Island Games Squad in future tournaments.

A special mention must go out to Mary An Campbell (Uist Coach) for the great work she is doing with her team, to Katie Denehy (Barra Active Schools) for pulling together such fantastic numbers form Barra and to Sinead Macleod (Lewis & Harris) for her role in the development of the L&H Girls.

The next planned Western Isles Junior football tournament is expected to take place in Uist in the near future.

The festival organisers have spoken of their delight at both the standard of the games being played by the girls and also the ever-rising numbers. Barra brought 11 girls this time around, a rise from six in the first competition.

All the games played are seven-a-side matches with all the sides having the opportunity to play against one another.

The future of the woman’s game in the Western Isles is increasingly bright with players from all corners of the Hebrides now getting involved in the development of the game.