Kevin McGroarty has responded to Thursday’s latest Scottish Government restrictions and the implications they bring for his beloved Amateur Football. Having been appointed Bearsden AFC manager during Covid-19, he is well qualified to offer an opinion on a number of questions I put to him less than 24 hours after the Hollyrood briefing from Nicola Sturgeon.
NOT BEING ABLE TO TRAIN…..
“Its very frustrating that we are unable to train to be honest, Tom. As all the boys put in a good shift at training and you can see that the camaraderie is coming within the team. Unfortunately for us we are at the scale of football where it doesn’t seem to matter to people how we are getting on, how we are doing in terms of wellbeing etc, but we have to go by the laws of our land and safety is our number 1 objective”
NO GAMES UNTIL AT LEAST NOVEMBER 14….
“The lads are itching to get playing! They are probably sick fed up of my chat at training when we had it along with my assistant James Whyte and 1st Team Coach Thomas McCall if I’m honest haha!”
“The lads know what we have in place and what we want to achieve as a club and are really wanting to come together in games and show the management team and committee that they believe in what we are doing.”
IMPACT ON PLAYERS and COACHING STAFF….
“Impact on the players is massive, we have a few players who do suffer from mental wellbeing and stuff along those lines so its an extremely difficult time as you know Tom, the lads look forward to training and games as its a sense of stress relief or a distraction for a brief time for them being around their team mates”
“Coaching staff, we are just frustrated as we can see the boys coming along and starting to gel together in terms of teamwork and believing in each others ability. We have a great set of young players and some talented experienced players in the squad, and also coming in to bolster the depth of the squad, so frustrating for us as we can’t get them bedded in quicker.
COULD AMATEUR FOOTBALL HAVE BEEN TREATED DIFFERENTLY….
“I firmly believe we have been mistreated, and let me say though 1st and foremost, safety and wellbeing of everyone is paramount, that goes without saying, but for other leagues and levels to be playing at the same age group when no evidence has been provided that our in game contact is causing spikes within the coronavirus cases is baffling to me.”
“All amateur clubs on the same boat of us have been in contact with their respective local MSPs, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Amy Callaghan MSP for helping us out even though she has been going through her own battle with her health. She is a credit to the residents of East Dunbartonshire.”
Kevin McGroarty, Manager Bearsden AFC