Following the successful piloting of a Shinty Chaplaincy initiative with Kyles Athletic in 2019 the Camanachd Association and Sports Chaplaincy would like to invite Clubs to join the Shinty Chaplaincy programme for 2020.
This programme will support the Camanachd Association Club Health & Wellbeing Policy.
The role of club chaplains is to be a help, support and encouragement to everyone connected with a sports club and they are available to people of all faiths and individual beliefs. They are pastoral safety nets, able to provide counsel and advice on a range of issues which potentially can have an effect on everyone’s performance, and more important, their personal wellbeing. They are confidantes, a friend to all at the club: Player – Coach – Manager – Committee member. Their goal is through regular, natural interaction to become known, liked, trusted and approachable.
As a result, if anyone needs someone to confide in or if they are looking for practical, emotional, mental or spiritual support in any particular area of life, the chaplain is well-placed to be that person. They are qualified and experienced in a range of life issues and events, however, they also have a wide network of contacts within and outside Sport Chaplaincy who can provide help in areas the chaplain does not have the expertise in. All chaplains are vetted, trained and held accountable.
One of the key areas that many of the chaplains have had additional training in is mental health first aid. Sports Chaplaincy have been working with NHS Scotland for the last few years delivering the course to their HR staff and line managers and have also written and delivered a bespoke course for Scottish football to support staff from most football clubs in Scotland.
A Mental Health Awareness workshop for Shinty was delivered in October and this will be developed into Club and Regional options
The experiences gained with Pilot Club Kyles Athletic is attached and available on our website. The identification of funding and/or sponsorship that will allow the Shinty Chaplaincy programme to be rolled out to as many clubs as possible in the future is being pursued. To ensure we can provide the widest possible experiences we would like Clubs to have Senior and Youth Male and Female teams and members.
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