Return to action for youth shinty

Mairi MacDonald, Royal Bank of Scotland Local Enterprise Manager is flanked by Young Shinty Ambassadors Chloe Mutch (L) and Melissa MacKay (R).

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Youth shinty returned to action this week with the first Mowi League fixtures taking place on Tuesday evening.

Along with club competition, school events are also returning.

Last Friday the Camanachd Association launched the 2021 Schools Competitions with the Royal Bank of Scotland, which will be sponsoring four competitions but also the shinty ambassador programme.

The programme has been in place for three years, creating opportunities for young people to lead and support their clubs and develop the game within their schools.

Malcolm Buchanan, chairman Scotland board, Royal Bank of Scotland, said: ‘After an extremely challenging year for young people across the country, we’re proud to be
able to maintain our continued commitment to shinty in Scotland.

‘This partnership with the Camanachd Association will not only help a new generation enjoy the benefits of the game but through the ambassador programme will help show the importance that sport can play in our communities.’

The sponsored competitions are:

•Royal Bank MacBean Cup: North and South S2 and under.
•Royal Bank MacPherson Cup: North and South S4 &and under.
•Royal Bank Wade Cup: National S6 and under.
•Royal Bank Donella Crawford: National Girls only S6 and under

Steven MacKenzie, Camanachd Association president, said: ‘The opportunity
that these high school competitions provide for youngsters to get involved in sport and stay active, both physically and mentally, cannot be overstated.

‘I am particularly happy to see support for the Young Shinty Ambassador programme, which has been highly successful in its infancy. This agreement will give us the ability to build on those strong foundations.’

Derek Keir, Camanachd Association CEO, added: ‘Our number one priority for 2021 was to restart shinty.

‘The fact that youth shinty is soon to return is fantastic testament to the volunteers from clubs and schools who make these opportunities possible.

‘The young ambassador programme has been a real success in increasing the amount of
shinty played in schools and we are extremely grateful to Royal Bank of Scotland for its continued efforts to support our leadership programme for young people.’