Successful start to shinty street leagues

Youngsters from p1 - p7 who attended the first session of the Summer Shinty Street League at An Aird. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,

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This year’s Fort William Shinty Street Leagues proved popular when  games got under way at Fraser’s Field, An Aird, last week.

Open to all primary-aged children in Lochaber, organisers, led by shinty development officer Willie MacDonald, welcomed around 80 youngsters accompanied by parents, family and friends.

The young players were split into groups of primaries one/two; three/four/five and six/seven to ensure age, size and experience were evened out as much as possible.

Everyone enjoyed the matches and there was a ‘shying station’ where children were shown how to take a shy. There was also a cleeking/blocking station where they were shown the skills to protect themselves.

Willie MacDonald said: ‘A big shout out to the coaches and the team who put all this together. Thanks also to Alvance British Aluminium, the sponsors this year. Its financial input will allow us to buy more equipment and hopefully make the experience even better for the youngsters. Everyone who came, children and adults, really enjoyed it. We are open to any girl or boy of primary school age.’

The Shinty Street Leagues take place at An Aird every Wednesday throughout the summer from 6pm.


NO_F30_Shinty Street League 02: Youngsters from primary one to primary seven who attended the first session of the summer Shinty Street Leagues at An Aird. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,

NO_F30_Shinty Street League 03: Enthusiastic tackling from some of the youngest players. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,

NO_F30_Shinty Street League 04: A few of the more ‘senior’ players tussle in the goalmouth. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,

NO_F30_Shinty Street League 05-13: Action from this year’s first Fort Shinty Street League session. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,