Shinty, like all sports, depends on the contribution, time and energy given by many volunteers to take forward and develop the game. The many individuals who give so much of their time to their sport (at team, club, area and/ or national level) are often the unsung heroes. Without individuals able to give of their time and energy there would be no sport.
An individual’s commitment to developing shinty, contributing to the life of their community, and providing opportunities for the young and the not so young to play shinty week in week out across Scotland (and beyond) cannot be underestimated.
However, there are rewards from giving this time and energy. As well as contributing to the community, the opportunity to support and channel the energy of the young, to see them develop their skills and health (as well as their own in many cases), to witness the coming together of people from all walks of life in common pursuit of maintaining and taking forward a historical, but dynamic and modern sport that is a part of the culture of the community, are just some of rewards of involvement. And to see results from this contribution time and time again – even when the team may not be winning.
Opportunities exist all over Scotland and elsewhere and it is easy to get involved in contributing to the sport of shinty.
A previous knowledge or involvement in the sport is not necessary. Whether as a referee, a coach, a committee member, parent helper or mentor, you can get involved. Why not contact your local club or school or the Association itself to put something in to the game. You will be very welcome and greatly appreciated.
In every sports club there is a huge range of jobs that need done to keep the club functioning and developing. Sometimes these jobs can be left in the hands of a very few people unless new people volunteer.
Being part of organising, managing and running the local shinty club is one of the most satisfying community activities in which people can be involved. Being part of the social, friendly environment that is the local shinty club is one of the main reasons people become involved.
Financial management, fund-raising, administration, facilities (ground) maintenance, child protection, are just some of the areas of responsibility that you could be involved in. If you have an interest, or particular skills, in these areas, or just want to help in whatever way you can, then contact your local club or the Camanachd Association on 01463 715931