Oban’s shinty future secured with help from salmon farmers

A four-figure cash grant spanning the next five years has secured the shinty future of Oban’s youngsters.

The local Oban Coaching Committee has agreed a £5k sponsorship deal from Scottish Sea Farms’ Heart of the Community Trust, safeguarding the future of primary school tournaments and securing funds to cover costly venue hire.

Approximately 140 children attend each Shinty Festival, proving that shinty is popular and fun and, as the indoor season comes to a close, the school competitions will now move outside, withfestivals from April until September.

Euan McMurdo, Secretary of the Committee, said:

“We are delighted to receive this cash from the Heart of the Community Trust, as it will let us hire venues like the Atlantis Centre in Oban and other halls for indoor practice and tournaments. The money will also be used to purchase medals and equipment and we are really grateful to Scottish Sea Farms forhelping us keep the sport of shinty growing in Scotland.”

Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation said:

“The launch of the industry’s community engagement charter in October 2016 outlined how communities and farming companies both benefit from the success of salmon farming. This funding announcement is a great example of how that works in practice.”