A NEW community football project in Keith is aiming to create a pathway for the development of young local talent.
The Keith Community Football scheme involves four clubs in the town from youth level to the Highland League and is spearheaded by local team board members and business professionals.
The project links Keith Youth Development with local welfare club Ugie United, junior side Islavale and former Highland League champions Keith.
Plans have been put together to create a development programme for budding footballers aged six upwards, guiding youngsters in the community through the various levels.
Notable members within the project, include Keith chairman and SFA representative Sandy Stables, local businessmen Andy Troup and Robbie Mackay, Ugie United chairman Robbie Martin, Islavale vice-president Bruce Ross and Lynn Grant, secretary of the Keith Youth Development league.
Highland League Keith have agreed to fund any coach training and badges required as part of the project.
"This is a great way for parents to get involved and show their support, as Keith Community Football are currently on the lookout for coaches to help guide the next generation of football stars," said a spokesperson for the scheme.
The project is also planning to stage an annual competition, the Keith Community Cup, played between the clubs in Keith as part of the pre-season training programme. The final will then be held at Keith FC’s Kynoch Park ground as part of a family fun day, with local pipe band, bouncy castle, BBQ and more.
Anyone keen to get involved by becoming one of the community coaches or helping out in any way, can contact Andy Troup on 07500 958405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.