Meeting the SWAGS

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There’s no denying that shinty players are an impassioned and dedicated bunch but turn the camera away from the pitch and you’ll find a team every bit as passionate. Team SWAG!

The Shinty Wives and Girlfriends are one hundred percent behind their men and the team.

SWAGs gives a snapshot of life for three Premiership teams in the latter part of the 2013 season; Kyles Athletic, Newtonmore and Kinlochshiel.

Passions always run high in Tighnabruaich where Shinty is concerned but this year the wedding of Heather Mitchell and Kyles player Thomas Whyte is causing just as much excitement. Sport Therapist Heather moved to Tighnabruaich four years ago from Glasgow and hasn’t looked back.

She said: “I’ve been converted to a shinty girl and now a shinty WAG. I never would’ve thought that!”

Kinlochshiel Shinty Club prides itself on being a close-knit family orientated club, a young team always up for a laugh.

Alice is the heart and soul of the club. Not only is she the mother of three of the team’s top players, she’s Club Secretary, team bus driver and fundraiser.

Shinty is always big news in Newtonmore and enjoys a strong local support and for the SWAGs it’s very much a way of life.

Glasgow based friends Thea Jones and Jess Thompson regularly make the 250 mile round-trip to support their shinty boyfriends on match days.

Captain’s wife Lyndsey Robinson has had “the best season so far” with husband Jamie leading the team to Cup and League victories.

SWAGs has been produced by BBC Gàidhlig for BBC ALBA and will be broadcast on Christmas Day.