Shinty in Uist received a tremendous boost this week with a visit from one of the best shinty players of all time – Ronald Ross.
He accompanied Graham Cormack, Coaching and Performance Manager of the Camanachd Association in his capacity as National Development Officer and spent an afternoon coaching senior club members.
This was a fantastic opportunity for the club and was greatly appreciated by all players.
While Ronald was coaching the club members, Graham took the opportunity to introduce the Sgoil Lionacleit SG PE class to the delights of first shinty in a session that seemed to go down very well with pupils.
He commented afterwards on the skill of some of the players, which is probably attributable to the groundwork done in summer Feis classes in both North and South Uist.
Graham and Ronald also met with committee members and players afterwards to discuss possible avenues for competitive games in the coming year, both for junior and senior teams.
Having seen the club in action, they now have a better idea of the standard of play and hope to match Uist Camanachd with teams of a similar ablility on the mainland.
The day was rounded off with an indoor session for the primary club members with some coaching tips for senior players who hope to attain Level I Coach status later this year.
A follow-up visit is planned for April 2011 where the emphasis will be on primary coaching and will involve visits to all primaries in Uist and Benbeccula, and hopefully culminate in a shinty festival involving teams from Lewis as well.
Uist Camanachd training is open to all players for P4 upwards and is on every Saturday at the D.I. Pitch form 1-2pm (primary) and 1-3pm (secondary). Sticks and helmets are available for anyone who would like to try it out.