Pictured: Mowi U17 London Shield Winners, Skye Camanachd.
The Camanachd Association, Governing Body for Shinty, Scotland’s most historic sport, today announced that MOWI, their longstanding partner, has agreed to renew the Children and Youth Development Fund.
The agreement will support shinty clubs in their development and is focused on enhancing opportunities for children and young people
The Children & Youth Development Fund aims to increase opportunities and participation at accredited or accrediting member Clubs by providing a maximum grant award of £500.
The funding will be eligible for accredited member clubs who are proposing new or enhanced initiatives to develop shinty for children and young people (up to age 18).
This investment comes during the 33rd year of MOWI sponsoring shinty, a tremendous commitment from our longest standing partner.
The support that MOWI have given shinty over the past 33 years is immense and it is in no small part down to them that we all eagerly anticipate the return of senior shinty on 5th June.
Examples of the types of projects for which funding is available can include:
Recruitment, training and development of additional volunteers, youth coaches and/or referees to increase the club’s capacity for participation and promotion through the club Accreditation scheme.
Establishing new opportunities to take part in shinty
Enhanced activity targeted at increasing participation through holiday periods e.g. Running a summer camp
Steven MacKenzie, Camanachd Association President said:
“MOWI have once again reaffirmed their commitment to supporting the development of talented youngsters across Scotland.
“Youth players are the lifeblood of shinty and experiences in junior shinty live long in the memory for even the most seasoned veteran.
“We are, as ever, grateful to MOWI for enabling hardworking clubs the support required to enhance our sport in local communities through this funding.”
Jayne MacKay, Mowi Community Engagement Officer said:
“This year, recognising the central role of shinty in bringing many of our rural communities together and the struggle felt by so many young people especially during lockdown, we felt it more important than ever to focus on the Mowi Children and Youth Development Fund and delighted to announce that we are supporting this additional funding.
“We very much look forward to seeing the youth resume training and participating in shinty once more.”