Lochaber ladies keep youngsters’ skills up to speed

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Two ladies from Lochaber are helping to improve young people’s skills online whilst the COVID-19 lockdown continues.

Kirsty Delaney, 25, and Natalie Macdonald, 20, are producing daily football and shinty skills drills.

Kirsty and Natalie, who both play football for South Lochaber Thistle women’s team and shinty for Lochaber Camanachd Club, have been taking it in turns to produce a video each day, alternating the sports.

They have been encouraging youngsters to upload their attempts at the drills and offering feedback and encouragement.

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Kirsty Delaney, left, and Natalie Macdonald are helping keep up sporting skills using social media. NO F17 shinty girls skills 01

So far, drills, which can be found on the two clubs’ Facebook pages, have included football dribbling courses, shooting challenges, shinty stopping exercises and a fun challenge to flick a tea bag into a cup with a shinty stick.

Kirsty told the Lochaber Times: ‘I saw some sports clubs offering challenges so thought it would be good to get involved.

‘It started with the toilet roll stay at home challenge then carried on from there. I’ve received lots of messages with videos of youngsters performing their skills. It’s great to see as we normally see the children weekly.

‘We’re going to keep doing videos for as long as we still have ideas. It’s good for us to use both sports as we are missing playing just as much as the youngsters.’