From Sunday 14th until Thursday 18th July, 74 of the country’s brightest young shinty prospects descended upon Strathallan School in Forgandenny, Perthshire for the 2019 Gregor Cameron Contracts National Player Development Camp.
Each player, aged between 14 and 17, had been nominated by their youth or senior Club to take part in the Camp, designed to offer the very best in the technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of the game.
Throughout the week, the young players received specialist training from Camanachd Association coaches and International players based around all the key skills, techniques and tactics of the game. The camp started with a visit from Scotland Manager Garry Reid who delivered an excellent team building session.
Professional Boxer Charlie Flynn, who won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth games, delivered an inspiring motivational talk to all the players and Alex Cleland, assistant manager at St Johnstone FC and ex Rangers and Everton player was on hand to share his experiences as a playing professional and coach. Also on hand was Gill Stevenson one of the top strength and conditioning coaches in the country who spoke to the budding shinty stars on the importance of strength and conditioning and the exercises they need to incorporate into their weekly routine.
A number of awards were presented at the end of Thursday’s session. The award winners were: Player of the Camp: Cameron Bremner (Glenurquhart); Most Committed Player: Cluanie Fraser (Kingussie); Most Improved Player: Scott Harvey (Bute).
Camp organiser, Ronald Ross commented: “The National Player Development Camp has once again proved a great success. Since its inception over 25 years ago, the camp has helped hundreds of young players from across the country to improve all aspects of their game from the technical to the physical elements of the sport. The camps are also a great way for the participants to meet other aspiring shinty players, forging ties and friendships throughout the sport.”
The Camanachd Association also like to thank Gregor Cameron for kindly sponsoring this year’s Camp.