Mr Steven Tillman, Chemistry Department
Mr Sam Todd, English Department
Shinty (Scots Gaelic: camanachd, iomain) is one of the fastest, most physically demanding, and skilful sports in the world. The game has been played since before there was a recorded history of Scotland, mainly by the men of the Scottish Highlands.
Shinty has evolved over the centuries and is now played by men, women and children across all of Scotland. It is even played in England and the United States – testament to Shinty’s growing appeal.
Charleston Academy’s Shinty Club strives to be part of this evolution and encourages the active participation of as many pupils as possible. We encourage both new and experienced players alike to participate.
A ‘first shinty’ club runs on Tuesday lunchtime in the PE Sports Hall. Played indoors with plastic sticks and soft balls, it affords youngsters the opportunity to learn the game and develop their skills before progressing to the full game. It is open to boys and girls in S1/S2 of all abilities.
We also run a “First Shinty – Core Skills” club on a Friday lunchtime. This is for pupils who have never played before and wish to learn. Pupils will complete specific drills and routines set out by our Shinty Prefect Andrew Morrison, who has adapted the drills he has learned from North of Scotland Training Camps he has attended to suit the needs of the beginner.
The shinty team train on Thursday lunchtimes in preparation for participation in The Wade Cup, The MacPherson Cup and The MacBean Cup, as well as other various school tournaments. Over the years Charleston has achieved considerable success at these tournaments and can proudly claim to be one of the top shinty playing schools in Scotland.
Many of our players also play for their local clubs and some have even progressed on to the national level, which the school feels proud to be part of.
The school catchment area falls within the traditional boundaries of several clubs including Beauly, Lovat, Glenurquhart, Strathglass, and Inverness. Local clubs are all very supportive of school shinty and grant use of pitches and referees, as well as donating match balls.
Should you require any more information about shinty at Charleston Academy, or how to join, please see Mr Tillman or Mr Todd.