Skognes IL is a sports team that originated from Sjursnes, a village located along Ullsfjorden in the municipality of Tromsø county, Norway. The team was founded in the year 1971, and today has more than two hundred members who were recruited from the local community as well as from the Tromsø area. Team's main activity is football, while other activities include skiing and an active theater group that does not act "on stage".
The majority of the population in the country during the 1980’s migrated to the central area (Tromsø) which has also affected Skognes IL with the significant reduction of the number of members in the team, especially within the age groups. But around the turn of the millennium, Skognes IL became a new ‘impetus’ or force as they started organized sports and football games for the age group of 6 to 14 years old.
For Skognes IL, this was particularly important in terms of recruitment and its significance to the local community. Evidently, sports plays a major role in the area by creating a connection which otherwise would have been lost between the locals and expats who engaged in various sporting activities. The sport club's home ground is the Sjursnes, and the club also has its own club house within the area which is also utilized for a number of local activities.
Skognes IL’s most valuable asset is their A team that plays the lead in Division 4 (with the objective of getting promoted to Division 3). The team’s philosophy is to take care of the young players and prioritize those who come from the village, while giving opportunity to those with the ambition and determination to do so. Today's A-team consists of young players that combine the sport with camaraderie and unity. Their voluntary efforts and their will to pursue their goals makes them quite a great team.