OFFICIALS at Whitletts Victoria have announced that the club has resigned its membership of the Scottish Junior Football Association.

The move ends the club’s 78 years of SJFA membership and means that Vics will no longer be eligible to compete in the Scottish Junior Cup after 78 years.

Vics are the latest Ayrshire club to opt to focus on their West of Scotland Football League ambitions and their efforts to progress through the senior ranks.

A spokesperson said: “The club has worked hard in recent years to progress. We are about to embark on a campaign that will see the club play in the First Division of the West of Scotland Football League, arguably the toughest league in which the club has competed.

“As we get ready to move to a new home in time for the 2023-24 season, we wish to continue to develop the club and have ambitions to achieve our national club licence to become full members of the Scottish FA.

“In our opinion, the Scottish Junior Cup in its current format has lost its appeal in recent years since the East of Scotland clubs resigned from the SJFA.

“It is no longer the competition that it once was and we will concentrate our efforts in the season ahead in the two WoSFL Cup competitions and the South Region Challenge Cup.”