Mowi deliver opportunities for young shinty players

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Young shinty players can look forward to enhanced opportunities thanks to funding from the Camanchad Association’s longstanding partner Mowi.

The leading seafood company has agreed to renew the Children and Youth Development Fund which will support clubs in their development and is focused on enhancing opportunities for young people.

The fund also aims to increase opportunities and participation at accredited or accrediting member clubs by providing a maximum grant award of £500. The funding will be eligible for accredited member clubs who are proposing new or enhanced initiatives to develop shinty for young people up to age 18.

Steven MacKenzie, Camanachd Association president, said: ‘Mowi has once again reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the development of talented youngsters across Scotland.

‘Youth players are the lifeblood of shinty and experiences in junior shinty live long in the memory for even the most seasoned veteran.

‘We are, as ever, grateful to MOWI for enabling hardworking clubs the support required to enhance our sport in local communities through this funding.’

Examples of the types of projects for which funding is available can include:

• Recruitment, training and development of additional volunteers, youth coaches
and/or referees to increase the club’s capacity for participation and promotion
through the club accreditation scheme
• Establishing new opportunities to take part in shinty
• Enhanced activity targeted at increasing participation through holiday periods,
eg running a summer camp

Jayne MacKay, Mowi Community Engagement Officer said: ‘This year, recognising the central role of shinty in bringing many of our rural communities together and the struggle felt by so many young people especially during lockdown, we felt it more important than ever to focus on the Mowi Children and Youth Development Fund.

‘We very much look forward to seeing the youth resume training and participating in shinty once more.’