The Camanachd Association, in partnership with Sports Chaplaincy Scotland, are delighted to announce that Kyles Athletic have been selected as the Pilot Club for the Shinty Sports Chaplaincy programme following the invitation for clubs to apply in February 2019.
The official Launch will be held at 1.30pm prior to the Kyles Athletic v Oban Camanachd Mowi Premiership game at Tighnabruaich this Saturday 13/04/2019.
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 no faith. 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 Scotland 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. They have also started delivering the course to support staff from Scottish Rugby Union at BT Murrayfield.
It is hoped that the experiences gained with Kyles Athletic can be collated into a Case Study that will support 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.
If you would like further information please contact:
Graham Cormack, National Development Manager. 07894 588538 or firstname.lastname@example.org