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Covid 19 - Live guidance

Please see Scottish Government information pages linked below for up to date guidance on Coronavirus for families and individuals.


Stay home. Save Lives. Protect the NHS.

In terms of your Shinty club, we have some advice pages etc linked below.

It is vital that we do all we can to stay connected in our communities at this time. We have worked quickly to establish an online teleconference facility that works for our day to day purposes and would encourage all clubs and associations to consider similar options to stay connected. As such and in line with managing through these evolving circumstances, we have provided a number of links below that may be useful to support your club or association at this time.  

  • Business Support Information - Check if you qualify for any business support - https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice
  • Landlord and Letting - For any clubs or members who rent property the following FAQs may be of interest https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19landlord-and-letting-agent-faqs/
  • Business Interruption Insurance – It may be worth review your insurance policies to check if you qualify for any business interruption insurance.
  • Communication - Establish an online platform that allows your club to hold meetings and maintain a connection with your committee, members and even your wider community. The CA are using ‘Microsoft Teams’ and would welcome clubs utilising a similar platform for continuity however there are a number of platforms. We have also dialled into ‘Zoom’. If you would like support on this or to share some of your clubs work please contact paul.macarthur@shinty.com
  • Data Protection - Shinty clubs are controllers of personal data under data protection law in the same way as Scottish Governing Bodies are and so continuing to ensure compliance during these challenging times will remain important.  Whether clubs are operating remotely or have suspended all activities, maintaining appropriate security measures will remain important to avoid any personal data breaches
  • General Meetings - Clubs may be wondering how to deal with the requirements to convene meetings, during the current coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Most sports clubs will be unincorporated and so the provisions available under the Companies Act 2006 will not apply. Accordingly, clubs will need to consider what is provided for in their constitution regarding general meetings and committee meetings to determine if these can be carried out virtually or if written resolutions can be passed.  If you require any further specific information please advise your Regional Development Officer and we can look at accessing appropriate guidance.  
  • Events - Many events have been cancelled across the country and Shinty clubs will be no different. There has been much discussion on rescheduling sports events, some events have gone ahead on virtual platforms or others have been planned for later in the year when the worst of the epidemic has passed or even into next year. However, not only is rescheduling a sports event difficult, it could raise the question of whether participants would be entitled to receive a refund if they can’t attend the new date. The rights of participants and clubs in relation to cancelled events will depend on the individual terms and conditions. It is hoped both parties will show understanding and embrace creative solutions to overcome potential difficulties.
  • Subscriptions – Shinty clubs just like the Camanachd Association depend on the income generated by the subscription of members to meet their ongoing expenses such as hire of facilities, administration of the sport (and its competitions), cost of equipment and the development of the sport. Similar to most organisations we are considering this topic having already committed expenditure for 2020. We are exploring creative solutions that will protect our sport for the long term and we will be in touch in the coming weeks to advise on this topic further

The Camanachd Association would also like to bring your attention to the facilities advice and guidance on the sportscotland webpage.  It has been compiled from several sources with a view to assisting clubs in this stage of lockdown to minimise the impact on getting back to play sport.

This will be helpful for clubs in decommissioning their facilities where possible to minimise risk and cost when getting back to sport. It should be emphasised that any one going out should do so under the Scottish Government guidance on social distancing.

Update regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Support available to clubs and community sport organisations page - https://sportscotland.org.uk/c...  

sportscotland are currently working on guidance on getting clubs facilities ready to play sport. They are collating advice and guidance for the main work areas that clubs will need to carry out to get their facilities fit for sport after lockdown. The timing of issuing this is important as it must be early enough for clubs to prepare, but not too early that we induce people to break lockdown early.

We thank you very much for you patience during this time. In common with all other sports we cannot predict when it will be safe to resume playing matches again. We are discussing various option based on assumed start dates. We will make every endeavor to try to make the best use of any time available. Please be assured that we will be working hard and acting in the best interests of our sport, our Clubs and our Members. With your support and our continued commitment to follow government guidance I am sure we will come through this more connected than ever. If you have any questions or suggestions during these uncertain times please as ever do get in touch. 

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