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Lochaber High School S6 pupils Ruthven Hamilton and Hamish Shaw have been asked to play an important role in the new Shinty Academy being set up at the secondary school in Fort William.
Ruthven and Hamish, both 2021 Shinty Youth Ambassadors appointed by the Camanachd Association, are to assist PE department head teacher, Yvonne Clark, in the running of the academy, which is being set up under the auspices of Ronald Ross, regional development manager of the Camanachd Association.
And there is now a major sponsorship opportunity, with the new academy looking for sponsorship of £4,000 to pay for new safety helmets, camens (shinty sticks) and balls, which need to be bought before the academy can begin.
‘The academy aims to engage S1 – S6 pupils, both new and already familiar with shinty, in the Highland traditional outdoor sport,’ explained Duncan MacPhee of Fort William Shinty Club, who is also involved in the project.
‘The unusual non-partisan initiative is through the Lochaber Area Group of four local shinty clubs, usually fierce rivals in the area , whose youngsters go to Lochaber High School.’
Potential sponsors are asked to contact Linda Campbell ( Kilmallie), 07748 980471; Duncan MacPhee (Fort William ) 07595 217634; Aeleen Campbell (Lochaber) 07760 155313, or Elaine Cameron (Glengarry ) 07787 404472.