With the recent confirmation of the Highland League season coming to an end, Nairn County have gone from targeting a high placed finish to having their sights set on helping the communities around them.

The Coronavirus pandemic has proved a troubling time for everyone across the UK and has left some members of the public being forced to stay home and in need of extra support. The players and staff at Nairn County felt that was a major reason for them to do what they can to make sure that their community gets the support that it needs to make sure people aren’t left to struggle alone.

Everyone involved at Nairn County also felt that they wanted the wanted the chance to give back to the community that had saved the club’s existence only a few years prior.

In 2016 Nairn found themselves without significant funding due to real estate company Narden ending their sponsorship deal with the club. This also led to major member of the club departing, including then manager Les Fridge. This worrying situation left Nairn County in major jeopardy but the local community and business became the club’s saviours as they stepped in to assist with the funding and day-to-day running of the club.

The outbreak of the Coronavirus has given the opportunity for the club to repay the incredible help of the local people with a bit of support of their own, according to club secretary Ian Finlayson.

“It’s amazing – the community saved us. There’s absolutely no doubt about that.”

“So we’re in the position now where we can do a little bit, we can’t do much.” The club secretary may not view it as them doing a lot but they are contributing in many ways on a financial level and by completing tasks for those who are currently unable to.

“What we can do is we can look to our suppliers who we go to each season for things like tape or laundry, stuff like that, which we’d be using each season and say how about we pay now for the first two months or first four games of the season so they’ve got that money immediately – it might just make the difference to them for the next month or them.”

“There are people in isolation and might be for up to 12 weeks so if you need a bit of shopping done, your medication picked up from the chemist, if you need the dog walked then give us a shout.”

With any chance at training or playing football being prohibited at this current time, helping other is the club’s new focus. “ It’s the new Nairn County training regime, carrying shopping around Nairn.”

“We thought if we can’t play football and can’t train, we’re going to be doing nothing on Saturdays anyway.”

This is a terrific gesture from Nairn County and it really shows the willingness amongst everyone to pull together and lend a helping to those in need of that extra help during a time of so much fear and uncertainty.