Organisers of the Fraser MacPhee Primary Schools Shinty Tournament were delighted to hand over a cheque for £1000 to go towards supporting the National First Disability Shinty Festival. The money was raised from kitchen sales, a raffle and donations on the day of the youth shinty tournament, which was held on June 9, 2019. It was rounded up to £1000 by a donation from tournament organiers Rosemary and Duncan MacPhee.
Mrs MacPhee said: "We're delighted to be able to support this fantastic event. Shinty is a great and inclusive sport which should be accessible to all. We sincerely hope this contribution will help to support more disabled shinty players to reach their full potential on the field as well as having the same fun and enjoyment as all other youth shinty players."
Eighteen teams took part in the last Fraser MacPhee Primary Schools Shinty Tournament at an Aird in Fort William. Around 180 youngsters took part in teams from as far away as Aberdour, Kyles, Strachur, Oban, Glasgow, Beauly and Newtonmore. Thanks to the Camanachd Association for donating the raffle prizes, Fort William Shinty Club for hosting the tournament and the Latto family for ensuring it ran smoothly on the day.
Camanachd Association Regional Development Manager, Ronald Ross has said: "The National First Disability Shinty Festival was a rousing success in 2019 with a record 12 teams participating in the 2 day festival. The continuation and development of this competition is testament to the both the sponsors and the volunteers who give up their time to ensure that the festival is a success. We are extremely grateful to the MacPhee family for this kindly accepted donation which will go some way to ensuring that the National First Disability Festival continues to flourish."
This years festival will take place on the 29th & 30th of April in Aviemore.
(Above) 2019 National Disability Festival Highlights