Young shinty stars shine at development camp

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More than 60 of the country’s brighest shinty prospects, including players from the Western Isles, descended on Strathallan School in Forgandenny, Perth in July for the 2014 SSE Scottish Hydro National Player Development Camp.

From Sunday, July 20th till Thursday , July 24th the players, aged between 14 and 17, were put through their paces under the guidance of National Shinty Development Officer, Ronald Ross MBE.

Players from the Islands included Callum MacMillian, Uist; Joseph Macinnes, Uist;Owen Jonhson, Uist; Donald John MacMillan, Uist and Ronan Sinclair, Lewis.

Each player had been nominated by their youth or senior club to take part in the camp, designed to offer the very best in training and guidance to promising players. Throughout the week, attendees received specialist training from Camanachd Association coaches based around fitness and conditioning alongside more specific technique focused drills relating to hitting, dribbling and tackling.

A number of awards were presented at the end of Thursday’s session.

The award winners were: Player of the Camp: Craig Ritchie (Newtonmore); Most Improved Player: Craig Macisaac (Kilmallie); Most Committed: Josh Grant (Beauly).

Camp organiser, Ronald Ross commented: “The SSE Scottish Hydro National Player Development Camp has once again proved a great success. Since its inception over 15 years ago, the camp has helped hundreds of young players from across the country to improve all aspects of their game from the technical to the physical elements of the sport.

“The camps are also a great way for the participants to meet other aspiring shinty players, forging ties and friendships throughout the sport.”

Wendy Barbour, Director of Sponsorship SSE, added: “Scottish Hydro has supported the Camanachd Association for a number of years now and we believe supporting grassroots initiatives like the National Player Development Camp is crucial to the ongoing success and development of the sport.”

Pictured are the Islands lads who took part in the development camp.