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Five years of support for Shinty in Oban

The Oban Area Development Group has secured £5k sponsorship from Scottish Sea Farms

The future of Shinty in the Oban area is looking positive as 2017 is well underway. The Oban Area Development Group has secured £5,000 from the Heart of the Community Trust. The cash grant from Scottish Sea Farms will be released over a five year period, to help secure the future of primary tournaments and the hire of venues.

Euan McMurdo, Secretary of the Group, said: “We are delighted to receive this cash from the Heart of the Community Fund, as it will let us hire venues like the Atlantis Centre in Oban and other halls for indoor practice and tournaments. The money will also be used to purchase medals and equipment and we are really grateful to Scottish Sea Farms in helping us keep the sport of Shinty growing in Scotland.”

About getting started to play locally, he added: “To get involved with playing Shinty in the Oban area get in touch with your Primary School or if they do not have a team then one of the local clubs in or around Oban. With the indoor season finishing the primary school competitions will now move outside hosting festivals from April until September. With approximately 140 primary aged children attending each festival this demonstrates the popularity and fun with getting involved in Shinty.”

Georgie McKenzie, SSF representative said, “We understand that there is a growing interest in the sport and we are happy that our Heart of the Community fund can help youngsters stay active and get involved with a sport they enjoy.”

Application forms for the Heart of the Community can be found on the Scottish Sea Farms website – www.scottishseafarms.com/ – together with full details of the criteria required.

Oban Youth Shinty

Photocaption: Euan McMurdo pictured with team representatives, Calum Campbell of Rockfield, James Muir of Rockfield, Euan Tosh of Park, front row Sam Anderson of Dunadd, Scott McPhee of Taynuilt and Conon Burn of St Columbas. Picture by Kevin McGlynn

Issued by Crossan Communications on behalf of Scottish Sea Farms

For further information contact 0131 553 1872 / 07836 294970 lynne@crossancom.co.uk

Notes:

Scottish Sea Farms encourages charities and groups to apply throughout the year for Heart of the Community Trust grants. The broad aim of the “Heart of the Community” Trust is to support community projects that will deliver lasting change to local communities and allow them to grow and develop. Awards may be granted to fund projects in the areas of health and health promotion, education and life-long learning, personal development and various community projects that bring benefit. Application forms for the Heart of The Community can be found on the Scottish Sea Farms website – www.scottishseafarms.com/ – together with full details of the criteria required.

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