SHINTY’S governing body, the Camanachd Association, confirmed this week that it had sealed a fresh three-year and "six-figure" sum with sponsors Marine Harvest.
The new agreement extends the partnership between Marine Harvest and the Camanachd Association to 33 years and represents one of Scotland’s longest-running sport sponsorships.
The company will increase its investment and profile in shinty by continuing as title sponsors of the Premiership, the National Division and the North and South area leagues.
It also sees Marine Harvest continue their support for women’s and youth shinty, the Scotland senior national shinty team, the annual shinty/hurling international match and the annual shinty awards night.
Jim Barr, president of the Camanachd Association, said; "The commitment shown by Marine Harvest over many years, and 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."
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."
Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland, said: "This type of sponsorship is invaluable in Scottish sport. Marine Harvest has shown a real commitment to the Camanachd Association allowing them to develop a strategic and sustainable approach to growing the game, from grassroots right through the national team. I am sure this new agreement will see the sport continue to go from strength to strength."
With the Marine Harvest Premiership title and relegation issues now all sorted, it’s now all about getting the remaining games played to finalise the programme.
Newtonmore have the chance of a third place finish if they can defeat Oban Camanachd at The Eilean on Saturday in what will be the last game of the season for More.
A win would take the Camanchd Cup winners a point above Lovat, however the Kiltarlity side have still to play Oban at Mossfield Park in their final game on Saturday 28 October.
Kyles Athletic are already confirmed as runners-up to Kinlochshiel and should add another two points to their tally by taking care of bottom side Glasgow Mid Argyll at Tighnabruaich in the last game of the campaign for both sides.Just one fixture is scheduled for the Marine Harvest National Division with Oban Celtic signing off for the year by playing host to Inveraray at Ganavan.
Aray sit in fifth place, a point above Celtic, and a win would move the Royal Burgh side up to fourth on goal difference over Beauly, who have completed their schedule.
The curtain comes down on the National Division programme on Saturday, October 28, when Aray head north to face Fort William at An Aird.
In Marine Harvest North Division One, Beauly reserves need to win their final two matches, both away, to have a chance of avoiding relegation.
On Saturday, the Green and Whites travel west to Kirkton for a meeting with sixth-placed Kinlochshiel.