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Islay and Jura summary

Regional Development Officer: West, Euan McMurdo concluded a spell of introductory sessions on Islay and Jura last week by visiting Islay High and the Small Isles Primary School.

Since November he has visited all of the schools on the islands and delivered to over 210 pupils teaching them the basic skills of Shinty. Some of the senior pupils in the High School have been given the opportunity to deliver sessions which will enable them to teach the basics of the sport to others on the island. With an active Junior Sports Club on Jura it is hoped that these sessions could be concluded with a Shinty Festival in the coming months. This will involve partnership working with the local Active Schools Coordinator, Nona Thomas, and involve all of the primary children on the islands playing games and being coached by the Development Officer and the Senior High School pupils.

Euan added that he was encouraged to come to the island and see such an enthusiasm for the sport and would like to extend his thanks to all pupils, teachers and volunteers for offering him such a warm welcome. Noting that there are extra barriers to participation with the remote location of the islands he is encouraging any interested volunteers to contact him directly if they wish to try and promote the sport through the creation of an Area Development Group.

Contact details are euan.mcmurdo@shinty.com or 07824367996.

Pictured with Euan are some of Islay Highs S2 pupils.

Islay High School
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