From Sunday 16th until Thursday 20th July, 71 of the country’s brightest young shinty prospects descended upon Strathallan School in Forgandenny, Perthshire for the 2017 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 based around all the key skills and tactics of the game. Stuart Maclaren, the Head of Youth Development at the Scottish Football Association was on hand to deliver a practical session, and an inspiring talk to all the players and coaches, and Maria Omma, a Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Institute of Sport delivered a fascinating talk and practical session on the importance of incorporating a Strength and Conditioning within individual and Club training sessions to the budding shinty stars. A number of awards were presented at the end of Thursday’s session. The award winners were: Player of the Camp: Roddy Young (Kingussie); Most Improved Player: William Boag (Bute); Outstanding Performance: Ruaraidh Graham (Inveraray).
Camp organiser, Ronald Ross commented: “The National Player Development Camp has once again proved a great success. Since its inception over 20 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.”