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Big funding boost for Strathspey Camananchd

By Gavin Musgrove

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Strathspey Camanachd is a club heading in the right direciton.
Strathspey Camanachd is a club heading in the right direciton.

Strathspey Camanachd Club has become the second shinty club to receive funding support from Sportscotland Direct Club Investment programme to employ a part-time club development officer.

The Grantown-based club has received £30,000 in total.

Strathspey will be advertising the position shortly of a part-time club development officer for 15 hours per week to grow participation in the sport, in collaboration with local schools and the community.

The club aims to create new player pathways with an inclusive approach for girls and boys, including those with learning and physical disabilities...

"In the past year shinty was offered to only one primary school in the area and the club has aspirations to ensure that all children and families have access to shinty both in school and at the club.

"The development officer will support schools in sourcing funding, mentoring and developing current and new coaches.

"All club volunteers will undertake regular training courses to enhance the role they play in supporting the club."

Strathspey Shinty Club was formed in 2011.

Ronald Ross, the Camanachd Association's regional development manager, said: “DCI is targeted at supporting clubs who have a clear vision of how they can make a positive impact on their local communities by delivering more and better opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity.

"Strathspey demonstrated their commitment to providing access to sport for people of all ages and abilities and I look forward to seeing the impact that this initiative will have not only in the Strathspey area but also wider afield in the North-East.”

Club president Charles Young said: “It is a real pleasure to make this announcement during what has been a very difficult period for our historic sport.

"I would like to record my own and the committee’s grateful thanks for all the expertise, help and encouragement given to our club by Ronald Ross and Garry Reid, Sportscotland lead manager."

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