We continue this month with sports news from our new roving reporter, Ben Findlay, an
Oban High School student who is working with us via his Foundation Apprenticeship.
For this issue we put the spotlight on Garry Mcivor as he has been selected to play, along with 2 others
from Oban high school, for Fort William FC. I also talked with the local football development officer Martin
Rae about how football as a sport can be really positive for a persons health and well-being.
when I was
six at my
local primary school and have continued
playing from there. From pro
youth, modern apprentice full time
footballers, semi pro, amateur and
now just a kick about twice a week.
What made you start wanting
to play football?
Seeing my older brother playing at
when I was three at Atlantis leisure.
What made you want
to start the sport?
with the transition. I also had a lot
of support around me during that
period from very highly experienced
and qualifi ed coaches who I could
talk to and bounce things off .
I feel making a positive
contribution to the lives of
young people through my
job for either top players or
simply teaching key life skills
to young people that they
may require in later life. As a
coach, winning the Highland
League, qualifying cup,
obtaining my UEFA B licence,
and the achievements I have
gathered through my job.
I would say my biggest
achievement so far is
getting picked for a semi
school and then playing football
around the house with him got
me into it. Also just watching it
on TV and being around it.
What do you think is the best
thing about football?
There are lots of great things about
football but also sport in general. Its
a sport that has so many additional
benefi ts like relieving stress,
increasing self esteem, increases
overall energy levels and just
having fun. I feel sport can have
massive benefi ts in people lives.
Did you fi nd it hard moving from
playing to more of a coaching role?
Not really, as I was still playing
when I started the coaching side
of things. I think that helped me
My dad was really into it
and that infl uenced me.
How did it feel when you got
the off er from Fort William?
It felt good to get the off er. It
surprised me but I had played for
them at under-17s then got asked
to participate in a trial for the fi rst
team and after a couple of weeks
got the off er. I was really pleased.
What’s your best memory of
your playing career so far?
Winning the league and the league
cup with Oban Saints when I was
younger was a really good memory
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