Shinty spotlight on youth

Whilst the first team have enjoyed a highly successful summer, thoughts at Camanachd Leòdhais turn to the future of the club’s autumn turns, whilst taking a cue from the past.

This coming January 2nd 2015 will mark twenty years since the Bardens invited anybody who was interested to come and try shinty in the old New Year tradition at the pitch in Tong.

This event was the catalyst for an explosion in youth shinty which has its legacy in the modern day Camanachd Leòdhais.

Of course, with commitments with the first team taking up many man hours, the club often struggles to maintain a consistency of provision for the youngsters and therefore is looking to develop the volunteer base and get more parents involved with youth training to ensure that the island’s rapid development as a shinty island is built on strong foundations.

The plan is also to have more of a focus on the rural areas and develop a more consistent competition structure.

The club are also looking to track down the Cuach nan Dusan (The Dozen Cup) which was a trophy played every month by the youth teams of Tong, Back, Point, Sandwick and Stornoway in the late 90s.

Anyone interested in becoming involved on a volunteer basis should contact 01851701521.

The club have not been idle this year in terms of one off events.

This summer has seen yet another successful shinty camp run in association with CNES’ Motiv8.

This camp, run during HebCelt week had coaching from Scotland Women’s assistant coach Eòghan Stewart ably assisted by Ally Lamont.

Fèis Eilean na Hearadh saw the father and son double act of Iain and Paddy Sinclair keep up the club’s connection with the Hearach fèis – a trip for beach shinty at Luskentyre was a highlight for the keen young Hearaich.

Ronan Sinclair represented the club at the Scottish Hydro National Development Camp at Strathallan School and hopefully the club can send a bigger cohort next year.

The Dubh is Gorm have their final away game of the season this Saturday at Caberfeidh in Strathpeffer.

The champions will be out for revenge after Lewis beat them 3-0 in Shawbost last month. The game throws up at 12 noon.

Caberfeidh V Camanachd Leòdhais

Marine Harvest North Division Three

16/8/14 Castle Leod, 12 noon.