The Inverness Street and Youth League is a competitive league in Inverness which provides competitive football for boys and girls for Under 14’s and Under 16’s from the months of April-September.
The leagues normally consist of around 10 teams from the areas of Inverness and normally Nairn County. However this season the league are weighing up the decision to allow teams from Alness, Dingwall and Muir of Ord to enter which would be a first for the league.
The teams who are usually represented include three teams in Street and Youth League from the Culloden area named Thistle Colts, Thistle United and Stratton Thistle. Their club is run by Donnie Weir, who is a vital member on the board of Street and Youth League.
Next up from near Culloden is Duncan Forbes who are fairly new to the setup, entering a team in both Street and Youth League.
Balloan FC, like Donnie Weir’s teams, are one of the clubs who feature in the league every season. James Fraser and Graeme Mackenzie are the chairman and vice-chairman respectively and again are on the board of Street and Youth League.
Raigmore FC are relatively new to the league, but have become one of the lead teams along with Balloan and Stratton entering three teams to both leagues and becoming a force to be reckoned with.
On the other side of the bridge as it were there are two main teams that also feature regularly. Merkinch FC who over the last couple of season have impressed massively and won a selection of trophies within this time period. And finally Kinmylies United run by Martin Clark will enter a team at Under 16 level this year.
Within the Street and Youth leagues there are two cup competitions, a 6/7 a side tournament and the league itself. The league cup is the first round of fixtures which determine the groupings for the league. The top two from each league go onto semi-finals for this cup.
The 6-a-side tournament is played in June on a Saturday morning for Street League with the Youth League getting played in the afternoon.
This season there will be regular updates on the Leagues and Cups, as well as featured articles for all teams coming soon.