More than 1,000 land in town for football festival fun

Players from Campbeltown and Lochgilphead took part in a friendly match.
Players from Campbeltown and Lochgilphead took part in a friendly match.

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Campbeltown was the place to be for junior footballers last weekend as more than 1,000 girls and boys from across Scotland landed for Campbeltown and District Juvenile Football Association’s (CDJFA) football festival.

Almost 100 teams took part in games across four venues – Meadows Playing Fields, Kintyre Park, the grass pitch at Campbeltown Grammar School and the all-weather pitch at Kinloch Green – during CDJFA’s first festival since 2019.

Twenty-five Campbeltown teams, ranging in age from five to 12 years old, were joined by 71 visiting teams who played in a round robin friendly format across four sections: nine-a-sides, seven-a-sides, five-a-sides and four-a-sides.

Among those in attendance were representatives from Tarbert, Lochgilphead, Dunoon, Oban, Islay, Ardencaple, Port Glasgow, Glasgow Eagles, Sons of Struth, Harmony Row, Greenock Morton Community and Spartans City.

Campbeltown’s U13s kicked off the festival with a friendly match against Port Glasgow 2010s, who recently celebrated winning the Blackpool Cup. The talented Port Glasgow team won 3-1 on Saturday.

‘It was a fantastic day and great experience for the children to be up against some fantastic talent,’ said a CDJFA spokesperson. ‘All our youngsters really enjoyed themselves and we are so happy with the return of this very successful festival.’

The event was sponsored by local businesses including Campbeltown Coop, Tesco, Rosie’s Rolls, Food For Thought, PT Painting and Decorating, Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, AM Transport, HN Thompson, John Armour, Studio 26, TA Blair Memorials, William Duncan and Co, Killegruer Caravan Site, Glenside Tractors, Springbank Distillery, Jog Scotland – Campbeltown, Not Just Travel – Journey of Dreams, JM McCorkindale and Sons, SRJC Sport and Campbeltown Loyal Rangers Supporters Club, with a generous donation from Campbeltown man Mark MacPhee, now living in America, whose niece and nephew played in the festival.

‘We would like to thank all the coaches and volunteers who made themselves available over the weekend to set up for the festival, not to mention all the jobs completed over the months of planning,’ added the spokesperson.

‘We have so many people to thank and we will get round them all but a very special thank you to Argyll and Bute Council for the professional job of preparing the fields for the festival – we could have not asked for better conditions – as well as Campbeltown Pupils for the loan of Kintyre Park, Campbeltown Grammar School for the field and the all-weather pitch.

‘Thank you to Argyll Bakeries for the very professional and tasty service provided.

‘A massive thank you to all our referees, without whom we could not have had the festival, and our wonderful fundraising volunteers for running our raffle and tuckshop, and the U15s/U13s for the goal-in-one and bubble football events.

‘We look forward to 2023!’