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Forres Area Soccer Sevens sponsored walk over the Dava Way finishes with barbecue at Grant Park pavilion


By Garry McCartney

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The participants at the start of the walk near Half Davoch.
The participants at the start of the walk near Half Davoch.

MORE than 70 people completed a seven mile sponsored walk for a local football club.

Forres Area Soccer Sevens (FASS) adult volunteers and players aged four to 16 met at 10am on Saturday, September 18 then walked from Half Davoch along the Dava Way back to Forres via Sanquhar and Cluny Hill to a welcome reception at Grant Park.

Finlay Wallace was sponsored £100 by his big brother if he would wear his purple hat for the entire walk.
Finlay Wallace was sponsored £100 by his big brother if he would wear his purple hat for the entire walk.
Young FASS players walking through the woods.
Young FASS players walking through the woods.
Roxy and Ross Homer having a rest at the half way point on the Dava Way.
Roxy and Ross Homer having a rest at the half way point on the Dava Way.
FASS chairman Paul Lynch leading the way.
FASS chairman Paul Lynch leading the way.

FASS chairman Paul Lynch confirmed the expedition was made more difficult because of earlier poor weather.

Passing the bridge leading to Sanquhar woods.
Passing the bridge leading to Sanquhar woods.
Over the bridge at Sanquhar Pond
Over the bridge at Sanquhar Pond

He said: "The walk took around two-and-a-half hours but the first couple of miles were the hardest due to the rain the night before. It was muddy and soft under foot but after that it cleared up with some nice sunshine.

"For most, the highlight of the walk was seeing the barbecue and football kick darts at the end!"

Football kick darts was set up at the pavilion for after the walk - always a popular feature at the park!
Football kick darts was set up at the pavilion for after the walk - always a popular feature at the park!

The club organised free refreshments for everyone who took part, including rolls and sausages rolls donated by Ashers Bakery, as well as bottled water and fruit from Tesco.

Enjoying a barbecue at the pavilion for all those who took part.
Enjoying a barbecue at the pavilion for all those who took part.

"The kids loved the food and drink especially," said Paul.

"The event was to raise funds for the day-to-day running of the club. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we were unable to do any fundraising events over the last year so this was the first one we've had since we've been back."

He added: "We've been playing football since May. Over 200 children are registered with FASS now - the season has been fantastic!"

FASS hope to complete collecting sponsorship funds during this Sunday's playing session from 10am-12.30pm. Anyone who wishes to make a donation can contact FASS at office@forres-soccer7s.co.uk or attend on Sunday.

Development 4 player Danny Jack (five) and his mum Pamela Jack did their own sponsored walk for the club on Sunday, September 19 as they could not make the main event. The pair raised £130 by walking from Kinloss to Findhorn and back (just over five miles), stopping halfway at The Captain's Parlour for a well deserved ice cream.

Danny Jack (5) and his mum Pamela on their own sponsored walk to Findhorn.
Danny Jack (5) and his mum Pamela on their own sponsored walk to Findhorn.


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