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Regional competitions at youth level could be restart of shinty


By Will Clark

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SHINTY chiefs are looking at restarting the sport at youth level later this year as Government restrictions have been relaxed.

Regional competitions at youth level could happen soon.
Regional competitions at youth level could happen soon.

The Camanachd Association says it has intensified plans to allow clubs to reintroduce youth shinty in the form of regional competitions.

The association organised a survey asking 26 clubs if they would be interested in taking part this year with 70 per cent answering yes.

Camanachd Association chief executive Derek Keir says they are working with registered clubs to

prepare themselves for a return to shinty training for children and youths.

“It is so exciting to get the go ahead for a return to childrens and youth shinty after such a long period of absence,” he said.

“We know from consultations with our clubs that this is welcome news for many communities right throughout Scotland.

“The benefits that we all feel from exercise both for our physical and mental health are clear to see and after a tumultuous 2020 this will be all.”

“We, as always, have been working in partnership with our clubs, associations and sportscotland to ensure that when a return to shinty is possible that our clubs are as informed with as much support as we are able to offer.

"This survey has made it clear that clubs want to get back to playing shinty when it is safe to do so and when they have the protocols and systems in place to mitigate risks in line with government recommendations.

"We cannot wait for the next steps to be implemented and clubs are rightly working through the guidance at a pace that is appropriate to their own capacity and resources."

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