Shinty Ambassadors to drive sport in schools

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A pilot scheme to create a programme for young people which was designed by them has been launched by the Camanachd Association.

Twelve high schools from across Scotland, including Oban, Portree, Lochaber, Lochgilphead  and Ardnamurchan high schools will take part in the scheme, which is funded by Year of Young People National Lottery Funding.

Young people from the working group met in May 2018.

At the start of 2018, which is the Year of Young People, the Camanachd Association formed the first shinty focused young person’s working group, made up of four young people from across Scotland.

A focus, driven by these young people was around shinty within schools and the concept of designing and importantly, piloting a Shinty Ambassador Programme was formed.

Applications to become a Shinty Ambassador in the 12 pilot schools opens tonight (Thursday September 6) at 8pm, and it is the hope, that with training delivered by professionals and the overwhelming support that has been received from schools, teachers and active schools coordinators around this programme, hundreds of young people will have the opportunity to become involved within the participation and competition events shinty can provide. Each school will have two ambassadors.

Schools will, as a result, have a significant increase in young people interested and engaged in shinty, more confident leaders and more structured school to club links, providing a pathway to ongoing participation and competition opportunities.

Young persons working group member Emma Gordon said: ‘We have really enjoyed being part of the concept and design process and it’s great to see our project being brought to life with the funding we have received from the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund.

‘All of us on the initial working group are still going to be involved in the programme and will be the main contacts for the young people in the schools who we select to become shinty ambassadors.’

Keith Loades, president of the Camanachd Association added: ‘It has been excellent to have young people involved in the programme design process and it’s clear to see the Shinty Ambassador Programme is something that will benefit schools and their pupils.

‘We are grateful to the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund for the grant we have received to deliver this programme as a pilot in 2018-19 and from there hopefully look to develop it further.

The Camanachd Association will continue to offer support to any school/club out with these listed to promote and develop shinty.

To apply to be an ambassador, visit www.shinty.com

 

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