Five years of sup­port for shinty

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE FU­TURE of shinty in the Oban area re­ceived a boost when the Oban Area Devel­op­ment Group se­cured a £ 5,000 grant from the Heart of the Com­mu­nity Trust, sup­ported by Scot­tish Sea Farms.

The money will be re­leased over a five-year pe­riod and will help safe­guard the fu­ture of pri­mary school shinty tour­na­ments.

Euan McMurdo, sec­re­tary of the group, said: ‘ We are de­lighted to re­ceive this cash from the Heart of the Com­mu­nity Fund as it will let us hire venues such as At­lantis Leisure in Oban and other halls for in­door prac­tice and tour­na­ments. The money will also be used to pur­chase medals and equip­ment and we are re­ally grate­ful to Scot­tish Sea Farms for help­ing us keep the sport of shinty grow­ing in Scot­land.’

McMurdo added: ‘Any­one who wishes to get in­volved in play­ing shinty in the Oban area should get in touch with their pri­mary school or one of the lo­cal clubs in or around Oban. With the in­door sea­son fin­ish­ing, the pri­mary school com­pe­ti­tions will now move out­side, host­ing fes­ti­vals from April un­til Septem­ber. Ap­prox­i­mately 140 pri­mary-aged chil­dren cur­rently at­tend each fes­ti­val which demon­strates the pop­u­lar­ity and fun with get­ting in­volved in shinty.’

Ge­orgie McKen­zie, SSF rep­re­sen­ta­tive, said: ‘ We un­der­stand that there is a grow­ing in­ter­est in the sport and we are happy that our Heart of the Com­mu­nity fund can help young­sters stay ac­tive and get in­volved with a sport they en­joy.’

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