Boost for Shinty as Camanachd Association Increases Number of Employees

The Camanachd Association has announced that they have hired two new employees to bolster the development team.

Les Kinvig, (pictured,2nd from left in back row) has been hired to the role of Regional Development Officer (West) which will be based in Argyll and Bute and the post will focus on supporting clubs in their efforts to restart shinty, on creating new opportunities to engage the wider community and to support the continued effort to provide organised and high-quality experiences in shinty.  

In addition to this, Iain Robinson has also been hired to the Role of Regional Development Officer (Growth) with focus on developing opportunities to get involved in shinty in new areas or areas of potential. 

The two new additions take the total number of Staff at the Camanachd Association to 10.

Les Kinvig, Regional Development Officer (West), Camanachd Association said:

“I am delighted to be joining the Camanachd Association and getting to work to enhance opportunities to play shinty in Argyll & Bute.

“I already have strong relationships with many of the clubs in the area and I look forward to fostering them and driving progression in Argyll & Bute.”

Iain Robinson, Regional Development Officer (Growth), Camanachd Association said:

“It’s fantastic to be a part of the Camanachd Association and getting to work with something that I love, shinty!

“I am determined to develop shinty links in new areas which will hopefully allow us to grow Scotland’s most historic sport even more.”

Derek Keir, Chief Executive Officer of the Camanachd Association said:

“Our capacity to recruit for these roles is down to the work and effort that our staff, board and sponsors put in to help us overcome the challenges of 2020. 

“Our focus throughout our strategic plan has been to grow capacity internally and externally to create opportunities in shinty.

“Through continued efforts in partnership, we have already secured an additional 37 hours adding one post to our 8 full time positions that existed in 2016 and the additional developments following this will only enhance our offering to clubs and members.   

Roddy McCuish, Camanachd Association Communications & Facilities Director (South) shared the positivity noting:

“This is great news not just for the association but for shinty as a whole and demonstrates the commitment and continuing promotion of our game at all levels.

“I am excited to see the investment in Argyll and Bute.

“This will be a great boost to the many volunteers who put so much work into our sport every week.

“I welcome Les and look forward to working closely with him in my role as Director.

“Furthermore, the continued partnership working with Argyll and Bute council is essential to all we do in supporting our national game.”