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Football club set to brave the chill as Nairn County FC invites local community to join their Christmas Eve charity dip in support of Team Hamish and Mikeysline

By Donald Wilson

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The players and staff “warmed up” for their Christmas Eve Players and Fans Dip with a dip in Loch Ness.
The players and staff “warmed up” for their Christmas Eve Players and Fans Dip with a dip in Loch Ness.

TWO charities close to the hearts of Nairn County FC are to benefit from a Christmas Eve Dip in the Moray Firth.

The club’s new fitness regime introduced by manager Steven Mackay for players recently involved a short swim in the waters of Loch Ness at Dores.

Following the interest generated from the swim, the players and management team are now inviting their fans and members of the local community to join them on Christmas Eve for a Sea Dip at Nairn Beach.

The players and staff will be going for their dip at 12.30pm on the beach by the Links car park.

Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun and experience the benefits of a quick dip in the waters of the firth ahead of Christmas.

There will also be complimentary hot drinks, snacks and refreshments for everyone taking part and the opportunity to make a donation to the charities Mikeysline and Team Hamish.

Ian Finlayson, club secretary, said: “Both these charities are very close to the hearts of the club and a lot of people were talking about the swim at Loch Ness so we have decided to have a bit of festive fun at Nairn too and hopefully raise some funds for Mickeysline and Team Hamish.

“We have a big wild swimming community in Nairn and it would be great to see them out in force.

“Unfortunately I won’t be able to take a dip in the sea as I have to keep an eye on my Christmas pudding coming out of the oven!”

Liz Bow of Team Hamish added: “It’s another wonderful gesture by Nairn County to help our fundraising. They commissioned special Team Hamish football shirts which have been flying off the shelves with proceeds going towards our funds.

“We have plans for the second phase of the Team Hamish Links project next year which involve a major facelift from the area around the putting green.

“The splash pad which was opened last year has been a fantastic success attracting visitors from a wide area and enhancement of the putting green will add to the visitor attractions at the links.”

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