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An innovative new approach to youth football in Campbeltown has increased the number of young players in the area playing the game.

Campbeltown and District Juvenile FA, with the support of the Scottish Youth FA, have formed a new under-13, 15 and 17 structure. This set-up allows players born in 2001 and 2002 to play in dual categories.

As a result, the newly formed Campbeltown Pupils Youth FC Under-13s have become the first side from the town to compete in the Dumbarton Development Football League.

Their first game was last weekend against Renton Craigandro Blacks, which they won 4-1.

The youth teams play under the umbrella of Campbeltown Community FC which formed in 2011 and has a pathway for young children all the way into the Amateur team.

Scottish FA West region club development manager, Danny Bisland, said: “The creation of more youth football opportunities in Campbeltown is a fantastic development for the area.

“It is a culmination of a various people and groups working together which is always important when developing football in an area.

“I wish the club every success this season.”

The club are currently in the middle of their first Quality Mark accreditation application.

Quality Mark is designed to support and recognise the work of clubs and teams who have a desire to be the very best they can be.

To gain one of the awards - Entry, Standard, Development, Community or Legacy – there is a related list of criteria that the club must achieve. This criteria is aimed at improving or supporting management, development structures, administration, planning and welfare.

To read more about the Quality Mark programme, please click here.