Friday 6th July saw 47 young women from clubs across Scotland descend upon Strathallan school in Perthshire for a weekend of shinty.
The weekend was run by 5 amazing volunteer coaches (Stuart Reid, Niamh Donnelly, Lee Thomson, Kirsty Deans and Donna MacKenzie) who all had vast experience of playing, coaching and being involved in shinty across all levels. Coaching staff also included Euan McMurdo (Saturday) and Ronald Ross and Paul MacArthur (Sunday).
The weekend began on the Friday evening with some team building activities allowing the girls to get to know others from different clubs. Saturday arrived, along with 28 degrees of sunshine as the girls were all put through their paces with drills focused around hitting, blocking and control.
Saturday afternoon saw our World Cup 6's event with 6 teams taking part, all the girls put in an abundance of effort onto the games and worked hard despite the heat. The final saw France defeat Sweden by 1 goal to nil.
Saturday night welcomed some rest for the girls followed by a talk around tactics in shinty later on in the evening, facilitated by the coaches.
Sunday, the girls took part in some more drills, the focus was around 'game-like' situations, striking the ball and moving into space. This was followed in the afternoon by lots of games to end the camp. Lisa MacColl, presendent of the WCA arived in the afternoon to hand out the camp awards, these went to;
Senior player of the camp - Hannah Johnson (Inverness)
Junior player of the camp - Kirsty Campbell (Ard)
Senior most Endeavour - Eilidh MacInnes (Kinlochsheil)
Junior most Endeavour - Laura Brandie (Inverness)
Most improved - Leah McLeod (Skye)
Rowan Cooper (Aberdour)
Maree MacKenzie (Kinlochsheil)
Katie Macrae (Kinlochsheil)
Caitlin Mutch (Inverness)
Hannah Johnson (Inverness)
Beth Murphy (Kinlochsheil)
World Cup Winners - France
Additional thanks go to the fantastic volunteer coaches (named above) who gave up their weekend to put the girls through their paces. Thanks to all the parents to drove to and from camp to allow all their players to have the opportunity to attend. To Strathallan School for a fantastic weekend and to Lisa MacColl, WCA president, for presenting the awards to all the winners.