The Scottish Football Association

Case Study

David Buchanan

Club Information
Name - Oban Saints Amateur Football Club
Website -
Location - Oban, Argyll.
Area Serviced - Oban and District


Club History

Club formed in 1960 where it played in the Oban andDistrict League winning the league championship 8 times, MacGillivrayCup 5 times, Faccenda Cup 5 times and the Ainsworth Cup 4 times.

The club decided to leave the Oban League in 1976 and join the Glasgowbased Scottish Amateur League where six championships have been won. Thesenior team reached the last eight of the Scottish Amateur cup in 2007and again in 2009.


Oban Saints Youth Football Club was formed in 2005. This group were players that played for various teams in the local Sunday league and were from primaries five and six. In 2007 the group entered the Dunbartonshire Development League and finished the season in a very credible third place.

The following year Oban Saints Youth entered teams in the league at under 13's and under 14's.This proved to be a very successful season with both teams winning their respective leagues. Oban Saints Youth have continued to grow and in season 2010/11 have teams competing at under 13's , 14's 15's and 16's.

The ethos of the club is to give children of the Oban area football through their teenage years and to assist them in playing at the highest level they can achieve.


Club Structure

The club operates teams at the following age groups - under-8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, senior amateur and veterans (over 40). Total numbers involved in allthese teams is over 200. All the youth teams have at least two coacheswho have a minimum Early Touches and Level 2 with the majority nowhaving completed Level 3.



The club has access to three well maintained grasspitches, two in Oban and one in Taynuilt, as well as a 3g pitch at ObanHigh School where all the teams train during the week.


Player pathway - the player pathway (for boys and girls) is from theprimary school league, played on a Sunday morning with more than 200children taking part, right through the age groups.


Quality Mark Presentation


Getting involved
Contact - David Buchanan,Telephone: 01631 564564 07787 375008 (mobile) e-mail: or 

Quality Mark Award
Level - Community Award
Club Secretary David Buchanan said: "Football in Oban had been plodding along in a rather old fashioned wayand we as a club thought it was about time that all football in Oban wasbrought under the one umbrella and when we heard about the Scottish FA'sQuality Mark Scheme we had no hesitation in getting involved.


“The assistance we have had from the Scottish FA and the support given by McDonald's has been tremendous.Regional Manager Paul McNeill, Club Development Manger Danny Bisland andFootball Development Officer Dylan Kerr have helped tremendously,keeping us on the right track, either by telephone, coming up to Oban toattend our monthly meetings and in the case of Dylan Kerr takingcoaching sessions for our teams any time he was in Oban.”


Dylan Kerr, Football Development Officer


“As Argyll and Bute Football Development Officer I have very closelinks to Oban Football Development Group and Oban Saints," explained Dylan.


"Over the past fouryears I have developed a professional and personal relationship withthe coaches, volunteers, boys and girls and amateurs as well as thecommunity as a whole and I am very proud of their achievements."


David Buchanan, Club Secretary


"Obviously the quality of the coaching has improved greatly, theplayers are more disciplined, and they now feel part of a wellstructured club, who can provide them with organised football coachingand training during the week and games at the weekend."


"We found the process a bit difficult to start off with, but once wegot into it and started delegating volunteers to get the various jobsdone then it was quite straight forward. We started the process in 2007,received the Standard Club Quality Mark in 2008 and hopefully we willreceive the Development Club Quality Mark in 2009."


Plans for the Future

The club plan to keep developing and producingcoaches, volunteers and players to as high a standard as possible underthe auspices of the Scottish FA Quality Mark Scheme.



The club is in good hands, with plenty of excellent coaches, volunteersand players, but we will not become complacent and always strive toimprove the standards at the club with the help of the Scottish FA Quality Markscheme.


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