Boost for shinty as Marine Harvest ex­tend spon­sor­ship

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

THE Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion has an­nounced that Marine Harvest has agreed to a new six-fig­ure, three­year spon­sor­ship of the game – the largest sin­gle spon­sor­ship in­vest­ment in the sport to date.

The new agree­ment ex­tends the part­ner­ship be­tween Marine Harvest and the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion to 33 years, run­ning un­til the end of the 2020 sea­son, and rep­re­sents one of Scot­land’s long­est run­ning sport spon­sor­ships.

The com­pany will in­crease its in­vest­ment and pro­file in shinty by con­tin­u­ing as ti­tle spon­sor of the Pre­mier League – Marine Harvest Premier­ship, National Di­vi­sion and North/South area leagues.

The agree­ment also sees Marine Harvest con­tinue their sup­port for women’s and youth shinty, the Scot­land se­nior national squad, the an­nual shinty/hurl­ing in­ter­na­tional match and the an­nual shinty awards night.

Mak­ing the an­nounce­ment, Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Jim Barr said: ‘This is great news for shinty and rep­re­sents the largest sin­gle spon­sor­ship in­vest­ment in the sport to date.

‘The com­mit­ment shown by Marine Harvest over many years, and to­day ex­tended for a fur­ther three, adds tremen­dous value to the con­tin­ued pro­mo­tion and devel­op­ment of shinty. Shinty is an im­por­tant part of Scot­land’s sport­ing and cul­tural her­itage and re­mains a key part of com­mu­nity life in many ar­eas across the coun­try.

‘The Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion recog­nises shinty as Scot­land’s most iconic team sport and the whole shinty com­mu­nity will be de­lighted that such a suc­cess­ful com­pany con­tin­ues to show such faith in our great game.

‘Marine Harvest have been ex­cep­tional part­ners and have al­ways made it clear their con­tri­bu­tion is in­tended to give some­thing back to the com­mu­ni­ties in which they op­er­ate. Con­se­quently, they have been very flex­i­ble and al­ways sup­port­ive of what is best for shinty.’

Ben Had­field, man­ag­ing direc­tor of Marine Harvest (Scot­land) Ltd, said: ‘Hav­ing sup­ported shinty for 30 years we are very pleased to an­nounce our con­tin­u­ing sup­port for the game for an­other three years at all lev­els.

‘It has been very re­ward­ing to see how the game has de­vel­oped and grown, par­tic­u­larly with women’s shinty, and the work and com­mit­ment that we’re see­ing in­vested in youth shinty, and, of course, we are de­lighted to con­tinue pro­vid­ing the an­nual Marine Harvest National Shinty Awards which recog­nise the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of play­ers, coaches and oth­ers in the sport.

‘As we have said many times be­fore, we are proud to be able to play our part in sup­port­ing the game.”

Jim Barr, Keith Loades, Steven Bracken, Marine Harvest and Derek Keir

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