Someone with a passion for football – even if they aren’t a player – is urgently needed to help players fly the flag for Lewis and Harris.
Lewis and Harris Select team’s usual manager, Eric Macleod is managing the Western Isles Island Games Association (WIIGA) squad this year and two competition dates have clashed, leaving the post of manager of the Select team vacant.
Although football is not one of the sports involved in this year’s Island Games in Gibraltar (July 6th to 12th), the WIIGA football team are heading off to Ynys Mon (Anglesey) in Wales three weeks earlier, to take part in a 12-team international inter-island tournament.
That means they’ll be away from June 15th to 22nd, and meanwhile there’s also a Midsummer Tournament on Friday June 21st at Lionacleit, with Lewis and Harris Select taking on Uist and Barra, Skye and Glasgow Islands.
Yesterday (Wednesday May 8th) the Lewis and Harris Football Association posted a social media appeal looking for expressions of interest in the Lewis and Harris Select manager’s post, both for the midsummer tournament and the longer term.
They said: “If there is no interest, Lewis and Harris FA will be withdrawing from the tournament.”
LHFA vice-chair Kenny Macleod told welovestornoway.com today (Thursday May 9th) “The post is a managerial and administrative one, involving getting the squad together, organising training and managing the logistics of competitions. The manager doesn’t need to be a player, just someone with great enthusiasm for football.”