Women's football in the Western Isles is getting more promotion than ever, thanks to support from CalMac's Community Fund.
More than 140 young women from across the islands took part in the first every primary age women's football association festival of football, held in Leverburgh before lockdown began.
Lewis and Harris Women’s Football Association coach Euan ‘Moley’ Macleod said: “Our projects have enabled girls from throughout the Western Isles to meet and compete against each other. In Leverburgh we had girls and teams attending from Ness and Barra. In total we had over 60 girls in attendance with ten coaches.
“The CalMac award has not only enabled the young female footballers to play more football this past year, but hopefully for many years to come.”
As a way of sustaining the sport, LHWFA proactively encourages players to become coaches. Players coming up to age 16 are encouraged to volunteer as lead coaches during primary sessions.
Once the girls turn 16, the club pays for them to gain their SFA coaching qualifications. CalMac support last year enabled the association to pay travel expenses for four girls to attain their SFA club coach award in Dingwall.
CalMac's Community Fund supports numerous non-profit organisations in the mainland ports and islands the company serves. Last year the fund was designed to benefit the lives of children and young people living in west coast communities, with awards between £500 and £2,000 on offer.
Applications were judged by a screening panel of young people recruited from across the company's network, in partnership with Young Scot and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's community learning and development team.
CalMac's corporate social responsibility manager, Gordon McKillop, said: “I'm delighted we have been able to support the growth in girl's football in the Western Isles. We have helped lay the foundations for sustainable growth of the sport across the islands in the future.”