Newtonmore Camanachd Club
Camanachd Cup and MacTavish Cup Winners 2019
How are the Club responding to the current serious challenging situation?
The players are obviously very disappointed at the news the season has been effectively cancelled. They had put in a tremendous effort in pre-season and were raring to go. Most of them have now turned to cycling, running, golfing and the twice a week zoom classes. They are hopeful of the possibility of a local league happening but only when it’s safe to do so. Our 1st team manager's claims of a 100% success rate in his first season may be factually correct but also open to a little scrutiny.
As ever the members and community are the life blood of the club and as with the players are disappointed to not see any action this year. They have supported the club with a charity press up challenge and help raise just under £2000 for 3 local charities. They also volunteer with other bodies in the community to service members of the community who are shielding or unable to manage their own shopping due to Coronavirus restrictions.
The 1st team and 2nd team are proud to be sponsored by local businesses. The Balavil Hotel (1st team) and Russwood (2nd team) respectfully. As with most businesses Covid19 has had an effect on both. We look forward to Russwood becoming fully operational again and everyone is certainly looking forward to the back bar opening its doors once more. It is more important than ever that the community supports local businesses as and when they become operational again. We are also very grateful for all our Ad Board sponsors and regular donators to the club. Without this generosity the club would not be as operational or successful as it has been over many year.
As a proud club with a measure of recent success the club was looking forward to the season ahead and challenging for more honours. The reduced income has hit the club but we have been using initiatives to offset this loss and keep the club viable and sustainable. We have a number of valued volunteers but no greater than "Big Rob" Ritchie - a long term, priceless volunteer who continues to work tirelessly on the new practice pitch and also the repair work on the Eilan goalmouths . The club also actively posts on social media as a way of keeping in touch with the supporters and the use of old photos and new challenges has given everyone a little smile. The 1st team players have been setting weekly home challenges for younger players to keep them sharp and alert. We look forward training resuming and some shinty being played when it’s safe to do so 💙🤍