Its never too cold for shinty...
...but it certainly came close. On Thursday 29th November 2018 we welcomed 15 teams from 12 schools to Inverness Royal Academy for an afternoon of shinty.
Schools came from far and wide and fielded their S3/4 school teams in this festival. The teams were placed into groups of 5 across 3 pitches and spend the afternoon playing 6 aside games against all the teams in their group.
The purpose of these festivals is to give schools the opportunity for their pupils to take part in shinty activities without the pressure of a 'winner takes all' competition. Its just about playing games, enjoyment and meeting like-minded people from other schools.
It was fantastic to see the games be refereed by young people, including 5 new shinty ambassadors. There referees were mentored through the day by Tina Marshall and Graham Cormack giving them some constructive feedback and pointers.
It was also amazing to see all 5 Inverness based high schools (IRA, Millburn, Charleston, Inverness High School and Culloden) having teams at this event, which, certainly in my term with the CA is a first.
Thanks go to all the coaches, referees, ambassadors, mentors, and players for making the event a great one, even in the cold weather. Thanks also go to Iain Cochrane for braving the elements and coming down to take photos of the day (these can be found on his facebook page).
Special thanks to Inverness Royal Academy and Al Hunter for allowing us to host at their fab venue. Looking forward to the next S3/4 festival in January.