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Marine Harvest (Scotland) Ltd, a long-standing supporter of shinty, is to create a children and young persons development fund.
The new fund will help shinty clubs develop and is focused on enhancing opportunities for children and young people.
The fund aims to increase opportunities and participation at accredited or accrediting member clubs by providing a maximum grant of £500.
The funding will be allocated to accredited member clubs proposing new or enhanced initiatives to develop shinty for children and young people up to age 18.
The investment celebrates Marine Harvest (Scotland) Limited’s 30th year sponsoring shinty and commemorates the 125th anniversary of the Camanachd Association.
Applications for the first round of sponsorship will close on Monday April 23 at noon with details on how to apply on www.shinty.com.
Keith Loades, president of the Camanachd Association, said: ‘Yet again the sport of shinty is indebted to Marine Harvest for its generous support. In this year of young people, this sponsorship gives clubs with youth teams the opportunity to apply for funds to support the continued development of the game.’
Ben Hadfield, managing director of Marine Harvest (Scotland) Ltd, said: ‘We are delighted to celebrate our 30 years’ support of shinty with the children and young persons fund. We have been very impressed with the role the Camanachd Association has played in getting young people involved in the sport and we hope the fund will encourage even more to take part.’
Ronald Ross, regional development manager for the Camanachd Association, said: ‘This announcement is fantastic news for shinty. Youth development at club level is integral to the future success of our sport and this new fund will go a long way to ensuring young players are given opportunities that encourage them to continue their participation. I look forward to continuing our partnership with Marine Harvest and ensuring shinty reaps the rewards.’