Young shinty stars shine at na­tional player de­vel­op­ment camp

The Oban Times - - Sport -

FROM Sun­day un­til Thurs­day, July 17 to 21, 58 of the coun­try’s bright­est young shinty prospects de­scended upon Strathal­lan School at For­gan­denny, Perthshire, for the 2016 na­tional player de­vel­op­ment camp. Each player, aged be­tween 14 and 17, had been nom­i­nated by their club to take part in the camp, de­signed to of­fer the very best in the tech­ni­cal, tac­ti­cal, phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal as­pects of the game.

Through­out the week, the young play­ers re­ceived spe­cial­ist train­ing from Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion coaches based on all the key skills and tactics of the game.

Ex-shinty player and for­mer Hearts foot­baller Don­ald Park, cur­rently head of coach ed­u­ca­tion at the Scot­tish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, at­tended one day to de­liver a prac­ti­cal ses­sion and an in­spir­ing talk to all the play­ers and coaches.

Scot­tish rugby’s na­tional un­der-18s coach and for­mer per­for­mance de­vel­op­ment man­ager, Andy Hen­der­son, also at­tended to de­liver a fas­ci­nat­ing talk on the psy­cho­log­i­cal side of the game to the bud­ding shinty stars.

Shinty de­vel­op­ment man­ager Ron­ald Ross com­mented: ‘The na­tional player de­vel­op­ment camp has once again proved a great suc­cess. Since its in­cep­tion over 19 years ago, the camp has helped hun­dreds of young play­ers from across the coun­try to im­prove all as­pects of their game, from the tech­ni­cal to the phys­i­cal el­e­ments of the sport. The camps are also a great way for the par­tic­i­pants to meet other as­pir­ing shinty play­ers, forg­ing ties and friend­ships through­out the sport.’

Photo: Graeme Hart

The young­sters who at­tended this year’s na­tional player de­vel­op­ment camp at Strathal­lan School.

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