From April 2021 membership to Inverness Shinty Academy is moving to collecting payments by direct debit.
All under 18's will pay the same fees, with lowered rates for families with more than one player.
Some months will have more sessions than others but membership is is intended to be a continuous commitment.
Following the protocols and guidelines set by the Scottish Government, SportScotland and the Camanachd Association, we really welcome the return of youth shinty to the Bught.
Inverness Shinty Club are here for you when the time is right for you to choose when it's right to return to playing.
Some key dates
Saturday Shinty Academy - returns 20 March 2021
Tuesday Shinty Academy - returns 23 March 2021
Ladies and Girls Training - returns 23 March 2021
2021 Shinty Easter Camp - 15, 16 and 17 April 2021
Safety is at the forefront of everthing that we do. Please check the club Players and parents Facbook page for all the detailed arrangements of how we will run everything.
Pitching for the future of shinty in Inverness
14 February 2020
We’re grateful to the Inverness Courier for highlighting our desire to secure playing pitches at the Bught for shinty.
As a club, since 2015 we have been on a growing and progressive journey to not only build the profile of Scotland’s first sport but to bring the joy and benefits of shinty to the masses of young kids in Inverness.
For a sport that is woven into the fabric of life in rural villages across the Highlands, Central Scotland and the Islands, Inverness as the Capital of the Highlands has been playing catch up. We’re turning shinty on its head by engaging parents and kids from the diverse population of Inverness who have never even heard of shinty until moving to Scotland.
We’ve not only worked hard to catch up but in terms of numbers of kids playing every week in schools, we have over taken every other shinty club in Scotland. We are encouraging over 400+ boys and girls to play the game every single week. We’ve only been able to do this with the dedicated support from over 40+ coaches – all voluntary. We also have a number of schools that we are looking to expand into.
In addition to the kids, we run six teams who all need to use the Bught for matches and training.
So, pitch availability is a real blocker and threat to current and future progression. Most folk think the Bught is our home and don’t even realise that this is an issue.
We have been looking at all aspects of a Community Asset transfer to secure pitch provision. The clue is in the word community. Anything we do as a club would want to have the support and backing of the community and other sports too.
So what’s next? We are very focused and committed to the progression of shinty and the availability for it – with no barriers. We recently became a charity and run the club with the type of policies and qualifications that you’d expect from a charity. We want Inverness Shinty Club to be a great club in its own right, without the best players being a source of talent for other clubs who can offer dedicated facilities. We’ll be reaching out to the community, telling our story and take the community with us combined with a potential formal community asset transfer application.
Since 1887, many a great Inverness player has pulled on a strip and done their own individual bit to keep Shinty alive in Inverness. But now it’s our turn to secure the future.
We’ll keep an on-going dialogue about our “pitch journey” via our public Facebook page and website. Support us in our chance of a lifetime journey - Pitching for the future of shinty in Inverness.
Inverness Shinty Club.