North West Sutherland Amateur Football Association announce plans for 2022 season

SUMMER football is set to return to Sutherland this year as the North West Sutherland Amateur Football Association puts in place plans for the 2022 season.

Tain Thistle won the North West Sutherland League

Organizers plan to return to two divisions of teams from across the county.

Five teams, Golspie Stafford, Helmsdale United, Inver, Lairg Rovers and Lochbroom have already confirmed their interest in playing in the league this season.

At least seven more are expected to confirm their participation in the competition when the NWSAFA holds its annual general meeting later this month.

Plans are in place as the NWSAFA seeks to confirm the number of teams that will take part in the Highland Amateur Cup this year, which will hold its own AGM in Dingwall on Saturday April 2.

It has been two years since the NWSAFA held its summer league due to the impact of the pandemic, although Golspie and Helmsdale took part in a friendly league with teams from Caithness last summer.

NWSAFA secretary Hugh Morrison said organizers will be able to run two divisions in the summer league this year.

“We are looking for club interest as we prepare for the Highland Amateur Cup in April,” he said.

“Five clubs from the 14 teams have already told me that they are good to play in the summer, so it looks like everything will be fine.

“Things are still at an early stage but I think at least 12 clubs will definitely play in the league as well as in the Highland Amateur Cup.

“Some clubs might not restart because times have changed over the past two years.

“Some teams are based in villages with an aging population where it is difficult to get young people through.

“But our plan is to go back to two splits like we did in 2019.”

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