Shinty Festival at Bught Park

On Wednesday the 21st of September an S1 shinty team took part in the inaugural S1 Shinty Festival at Bught Park. Playing in testing autumnal conditions the team impressed across the day’s play with their bravery and skill. Competing for the school for the first time, they played well throughout, achieving some impressive results against strong opposition. As coaches we were particularly impressed by their unity both on and off the park. They demonstrated excellent sportsmanship throughout and played as a team, supporting each other whatever the result. Seldom have we seen a team with a better attitude and we look forward to their continued progress in the coming year.

Mr Sam Todd, English Department and Mr Steven Tillman, Chemistry Department

Shinty Success

Many current and former Charleston Academy pupils have had success playing shinty over the last few days.

The Lovat Ladies shinty team won the Marine Harvest Challenge Cup at An Aird in Fort William on Saturday 27th August, winning 7-1 against local rivals Strathglass. Current pupils on the team include Rachel MacRitchie 6K, Jasmin Fraser-Allan 6T, Katie Urquhart 6S, Hannah Eaton 5T and Ellie MacKinnon 1L2.  Former pupil Laura Gallacher, who has helped to coach the Charleston Academy girls’ shinty team, scored some of Lovat’s goals.

Congratulations also to former pupils Danny Kelly and Michael MacKenzie from Lovat Shinty Club and Calum Morrison from Beauly Shinty Club who played in the North Select Under 21 team at the Jubilee Park in Ballachulish on Saturday.  The North Select won 3-1 against the South Select.  Prior to this match, the Lovat Under 17s team who were winners of the North Development League played Inveraray, winners of the South Development League.  Lovat won 3-1 and clinched the WJ Cameron trophy.  Well done to Mark Kelly 5T, Kevin Johnstone 5T, Kyle Michie 2L1, Harley Marshall 2T1, Finlay Dunbar 1L1, Mitchell Leslie 3L, Joe Embleton 1L1, Ruairidh Buchan 3K, Jamie Buchan 5K2, Finlay Ogilvie 2L2 and former pupils Jonathan Jancsak, Cameron MacMillan and Scott MacKenzie.

Rachel MacRitchie 6K and Mark Kelly 5T

Rachel Macritchie, 6K
Rachel Macritchie, 6K
Mark Kelly, 5T
Mark Kelly, 5T

Shinty Success

Congratulation to our Head Boy Danny Kelly, 6T. Danny plays for Lovat Shinty Club and recently won the Marine Harvest U17 Player of the Year Award. Well done Danny.

Miss Rona Macpherson, Depute Rector

Shinty – Wade Cup

On Wednesday 19th of November the Charleston Academy Under 16 shinty team travelled to Kingussie to contest the annual Wade Cup trophy.

A strong team travelled and on arrival at The Dell were greeted with perfect playing conditions. Competition for the cup was fierce, with teams travelling from Glenurquhart, Lochaber and Portree as well as the hosts Kingussie. Charleston started the competition against Lochaber and were edged out 1-0 in a tight encounter that could have gone either way. In the next game we recorded a goalless draw against a strong Lochaber team. The next game against local rivals Glenurquhart was again a close encounter, with Robbie Brindle recording the only goal of the game to give Charleston a 1-0 victory. These results meant that Charleston needed only to beat Portree to go through to the final. Over the fifteen minute game Charleston pressed hard, and had the advantage for most of the game. However, we could not break down a resolute Skye defence, and the game eventually finished 0-0. Kingussie and Lochaber advanced to the final, which was eventually won 1-0 by Kingussie.

Overall, the team played very well and enjoyed the atmosphere of the cup, representing Charleston excellently. We were proud of our performance and enjoyed the competition. The team gained vital experience and will look forward to more strong performances in the near future.

Mr Sam Todd, English Department and Mr Steven Tillman, Chemistry Department


Following Mr McKie’s retirement in June, Shinty at Charleston Academy is now being run by Mr Steven Tillman (Chemistry) and Mr Sam Todd (English). Both teachers are former pupils of Charleston Academy and Beauly Primary School where they first developed an interest in the sport and have retained a close association with shinty in the Highlands. They hope to see our Shinty Club go from strength to strength.

Already this session the Under-16 Shinty Team took part in the Great Glen Shinty Sixes at Glen Urquhart High School. Additionally, in order to allow younger pupils to get involved Mr Tillman and Mr Todd have introduced “First Shinty” to Charleston Academy for the first time.

First Shinty is a modified version of the adult game of shinty. It was developed by the Camanachd Association along with Team Sport Scotland and has been designed to promote the teaching and playing of shinty at school level.

The game is played by two teams of six players and provides opportunities for younger pupils to develop a wide range of skills specific to the game as well as skills that are general to all games playing.

First Shinty is about acquiring basic skills and developing an understanding of the game through fun and enjoyment. It has been developed specially for school-pupils to enable them to learn the basic skills and rules and tactics of games playing. When comparing it to the adult version of shinty, first shinty has obvious benefits in that it uses smaller playing areas, simplified rules, small sided teams and modified, less threatening equipment.

First shinty gives pupils the opportunity to have more time on the ball and so gives them more time to develop and practice skills. Boys can play alongside girls and the nature of the game encourages fun and enjoyment in a safe environment.

If you are interested in playing for the school shinty team or want to get involved in our First Shinty Club, please speak to Mr Tillman or Mr Todd. First Shinty meets in PE at lunchtime on Tuesdays.

Mr Tillman and Mr Todd

Shinty Macpherson Cup


With a long trip down to Fort William we got changed and out for a quick warm up. Our first match was against Glenurquhart High School who put up a good fight. A good ball from the middle found William Zbleswski who took a shot which found the net to put us up 1 – 0.   Then Lee Dunbar came into the game with a good goal to finish the game 2 – 0.

The next game was against Lochaber who played well and won 3 – 0 .

We had a break then went out to face Kingussie and if we won or drew we were in the final. We put a good fight and a few good saves from Johnathan Janzack saw us into the final.

The final was a good match but Lochaber were the better team and won 4 – 0 to win the cup.

Coinneach MacDonald







Coinneach MacDonald, 2L1

Shinty Six A-Side Tournament


Yesterday, 1st April, 9 pupils from Charleston Academy had worked their socks off  at the six a-side tournament at Glenurquhart. Out of 10 teams we made it to the semi-finals, but then were put out by Glen Urquhart A Team. One player in particular who was Charleston’s player of the tournament was Mark Kelly, he was absolutely excellent.

Charleston were off to a good start when we won the first and forth and drew the second and third. We had a bit of luck against Portree when a William Zblewski corner came in. The Potree Captain turned and passed back to the goalkeeper but passes it into his own net. A couple of great saves from Cameron Macmillan. Some fabulous defending from Kyle Stewart and Mark Kelly. Good work from the forward line, goals coming from: Lee Dunbar (3L1) – 2, William Zblewski (2K1) and Conniech McDonald (2L1).

Team: Cameron Macmillan (1T2), Mark Kelly (2T), Kyle Stewart (3L2), Darren Douglas (3L1), Lee Dunbar (3L1), Callum Flynn (1K), William Zblewski (2K1), Jordan Zblewski (3K1) and Conniech McDonald (2L1).

Darren Douglas, 3L1

Shinty News

Wade Cup

Charleston competed in the Wade Cup recently but struggled to find form in very windy wet cold conditions. A draw against Lochaber High was followed by a defeat from Kingussie High School who went on to win the Cup. With injuries taking their toll a defeat to Ardnamurchan followed.

Charleston missed Captain Danny Kelly who was out with a cracked bone in his foot but were served best by Ian and Craig Rankin, and Rory Gallacher. For the rest of the team it is back to the training field!

Ian Rankin, 2T
Ian Rankin, 2T
Rory Gallacher, 4L2
Rory Gallacher, 4L2
Craig Rankin, 3S2
Craig Rankin, 3S2









Shinty Sticks

William Zblewski (2K1) & Coinneach Macdonald (2L1)
William Zblewski (2K1) & Coinneach Macdonald (2L1)

With shinty sticks costing up to £35 they are a very expensive item to replace. Charleston are very lucky to have the support of Mr Louis Stewart M.B.E. who patiently fixes broken and damaged sticks. He recently returned 8 to the school as good as new and the shinty club are very grateful for this. Thank you!

The club is having a winter break but the next competitions are for under 14 and girls. Players should be working on their own personal fitness and be ready to resume outdoor stick work when the weather improves.

The recent Lovat cup was won by Lovat who defeated Beauly by 4 goals to 1. It was very encouraging to see so many ex Charleston players doing so well.

Mr Iain McKie, Principal Teacher of Guidance and Shinty Coach



Shinty News

Picture6Inverness is hosting a number of International fixtures on Saturday 2 November at the Bught Park.

Charleston have a number of former pupils who have played shinty for the school and it is very encouraging to see so many playing in the shinty/hurley matches with Ireland. In the Senior team Stuart MacDonald (Lovat), John Barr (Glenurquhart), Calum Cruden (Lovat) and Connor Cormack (Beauly) will take the field.

In the under 21 match Greig Matheson (Lovat) Captains the team and is supported by Lewis Tawse (Lovat), Graham MacMillan (Lovat), Michael MacKenzie (Lovat) and Jack MacDonald (Beauly). In the ladies fixture Laura Gallacher (Glengarry/Lovat) will be looking to score goals as always.

Congratulations to all concerned for reaching such a high standard of skill, fitness and commitment and best of luck for Saturday.

Training for the school team continues on Thursday at lunchtime and the Wade Cup (under 16) is due to be played this month. Miss Crawford (History) is working hard behind the scenes to get a girls team up and running and interested pupils should keep in contact with her.

There is training for interested under 14 players in the Charleston Games Hall on a Friday between 6 – 7pm. Run by Inverness Shinty Club all are welcome especially beginners/less experienced players.

Mr Iain McKie, PT Guidance & Shinty Coach


Under 16 Shinty

The under 16 team had their first outing of the season and competed in the 6 aside Tournament hosted by Glenurquhart High School. A total of 9 teams took part including teams from Skye, Fort William, Kingussie and Arnamurchan.

Charleston got off to the worst possible start and despite their pressure lost out to hosts Glenurquhart 1 – 0 who scored a breakaway goal. The team recorded wins against Polockton and Ardnamurchan when Danny Kelly and Robbie Brindle linked up well and scored freely. Unfortunately Dingwall were too strong on the day in the last league game and Charleston were eliminated.

The 12 aside Wade cup is due next and the team have showed enough promise and with the addition of extra players will be looking forward to the challenge.

Training continues on a Thursday at lunchtime and with Mr Tillman and Miss Crawford helping the turn-out has been excellent. Let’s keep this up. We are considering having a girls team also with a number showing interest.

A special mention for Danny Kelly 4T as Captain of the under 16 team Danny has had an excellent season playing for Lovat who achieved second place in the Premier League. Danny received the Scottish under 14 player of the year last season. As well as playing shinty at the highest possible level Danny plays football for the Senior team and Ross County.

In his support for the school he rushed back from the Shinty Tournament to play for the Senior Football team v Nairn.

Well done Danny keep up this fantastic level of performance and attitude.

Danny Kelly, 4T
Danny Kelly, 4T

Mr Iain McKie, PT Guidance and Shinty Coach