Fort William set to host National First Shinty Festivals this Saturday

All the teams taking part in the P7 and under tournament which was held at the Nevis Centre in Fort William, last year. PICTURE IAIN FERGUSON, THE WRITE IMAGE

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It is all eyes on youth shinty this Saturday (February 29) as the country’s best primary school shinty sides come together in the 22nd National First Shinty Festivals in Fort William.

Over 100 teams from across Scotland competed in their local area qualifiers for a place in this year’s finals which are split into two categories: Primary 7 and  Under and Primary 5 and Under.

There will be over 175 children participating on the day with 11 teams in the Primary 5 and Under category and 11 in Primary 7 and Under.

Camanachd Association Youth Director, Willie MacDonald, commented: ‘The National First Shinty Festivals are an important event for the young players as it brings together teams from all over the country.

‘Year after year we see the best young talent that the sport has to offer and I am no doubt that this year will be no different.

‘I would also like to thank Ferguson Transport and Shipping for sponsoring
this year’s competitions.’

Ali Ferguson of tournament sponsors Ferguson Transport and Shipping
added: ‘Ferguson Transport and Shipping are delighted to support the National P5 and P7 Shinty Festivals this weekend; it is such a great opportunity for the young ones to compete and enjoy the sport at such a young age which is great for the game , and for all those taking part.’

The Primary 7 and Under National First Shinty Final is taking place at the Nevis Centre, Fort William, while the Primary 5 and Under National First Shinty Final will take place at Lochaber High School.

The action gets underway at noon on Saturday February and everyone is welcome to attend.