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Nairn Shinty Club are appealing for donations of equipment to help sport grow in town


By Will Clark


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VOLUNTEERS are appealing for donations of equipment which will assist in their aim of bringing shinty back to Nairn.

Nairn Shinty Club. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Nairn Shinty Club. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Nairn Shinty Club have held successful training sessions at Nairn Academy with primary school children with the help of Active Schools Nairn.

It is the club’s long term aim to help the sport grow and eventually create a senior team in the town for the first time since Nairnshire Camanachd folded in 2006.

The popularity of the sport among youngsters in the town was shown with two sold out training sessions when 60 primary one to seven pupils were given the chance to learn the skills of the game.

Nairn Shinty Club: Will Clem is one of the coaches. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Nairn Shinty Club: Will Clem is one of the coaches. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Volunteer Lesley-Ann Stoddart says it is encouraging signs with the amount of youngsters who want to play the sport.

But they said they are looking for donations to help the club grow, and promote the sport in the town.

“Getting camans is an absolute nightmare and expensive,” she said.

“We have not formed ourselves as a proper club as we are still working under Active Schools.

“We wanted to make sure it worked before we got stuck in.

“We are hoping by August that we’ll have a proper club up and running.

“If anyone wants to donate camans or shinty equipment we would be grateful.”

Nairn Shinty Club: Primary 1 - 3 students from Rosebank, Millbank and Cawdor Primary Schools. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Nairn Shinty Club: Primary 1 - 3 students from Rosebank, Millbank and Cawdor Primary Schools. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Stoddart says the training sessions show there is a real interest in shinty at youth level and could lead to eventual plans to form a senior team in the future.

“There has not been shinty sessions in Nairn before as far as I am aware.The long term plan is to establish a Nairn shinty cub to compete in the senior leagues in the future.

“We want to bring shinty back into Nairn, we have such a lot of interest and even from adults. It is little steps to start with, but there has been a lot of interest.”

For more information visit Nairn Active Schools Facebook site.


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