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The draw for the first round of the Alvance Aluminium Balliemore Cup took place on Monday February 24 at Lochaber High School.
Lochaber is one of the Camanachd Association’s Schools of Shinty which means the sport is on the curriculum and available to 600 pupils.
This is the third year of partnership with Alvance Aluminium, formerly Liberty. The draw was conducted by Tom Uppington and Rosie Flannigan from Alvance Aluminium.
The full draw is:
Beauly v Tayforth
Lochcarron v Skye
Inverness v GU
Oban Celtic v Col Glen
Inveraray v Glengarry
Taynuilt v Lochaber
Ballachulish v Strathglass
Aberdour v Bute
Ties to be played on Saturday April 11.
Tom Uppington said: Alvance is passionate about investing in the community. We have a few employees who play shinty and will be taking part in the Balliemore Cup this year. Arran MacPhee, who lifted last year’s Alvance Aluminium Balliemore Cup as Fort William captain, works with us and it is great to see the impact our investment makes to the lives of people within and outwith Lochaber.’
Derek Keir of the Camanachd Association said: ‘We were delighted to conduct the Alvance Aluminium Balliemore Cup Draw at Lochaber High School, one of our new Schools of Shinty. This development will mean shinty is delivered to hundreds of pupils every week and reinforces our commitment to working in partnership with schools to improve the take up of our most ancient sport.’
Yvonne Clarke, Principal Teacher of Health and Well-being with PE and HE said: ‘Lochaber High School is delighted to become a School of Shinty. Shinty is an integral part of the school’s DNA and we are delighted to be able to play a part in providing additional opportunities for all children to participate in. We currently run after school and lunchtime sessions. The next step for will be the introduction of indoor shinty with plans to run inter-house leagues. The school is also exploring introducing pupils from Glen Coe House, our support base, to the game of shinty.
‘The Camanachd Association’s Regional Development Manager Ronald Ross came to Lochaber High School last year to put PE staff through basic training and from this we have introduced shinty to the PE curriculum.’
Keith Loades, CA President; Derek Keir, CA CEO; Tom Uppington, Alvance General Manager; Rosie Flannigan, Alvance Executive Assistant & Arran MacPhee, Fort William Captain & Alvance Employee with Lochaber High pupils who just finished their SQA National 5 Practical Examination on Shinty.
Photograph: Iain Ferguson. Distributed by the Camanachd Association.