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Shinty may no longer be used to train soldiers for battle, but it still plays a key role in Scottish culture and continues to add to our sporting heritage. At Scottish Hydro we are proud of this heritage. And because we’ve had a presence in Scottish communities since 1947, a partnership with our national sport is a perfect fit.We have supported the Scottish Hydro Camanachd Cup since 2006 and in 2012 we announced the extension of our support of the game by sponsoring the cup for a further three years. Our sponsorship will also cover the Scottish Hydro Youth Development Camp for Under 17 players and the Scottish Hydro Youth Development Fund.
The players, aged between 15 and 17, are nominated to attend the camp by their youth or senior club. Throughout the week the attendees receive training from Camanachd Association coaches on training techniques related to hitting, dribbling and tackling with a number of challenges set to test what they learn. In addition to practical skills, the camp attendees also meet with a Scotland International coach and receive advice on nutrition through a tie-up with sportscotland.
Camp organiser and shinty development officer, Ronald Ross explains: “The aim of the Scottish Hydro National Player Development Camp is to help the players improve all aspects of their game including the technical, physical and tactical elements of the sport. There is also a valuable social aspect to the camp where young people can meet other players from different parts of the country. The week is a real learning experience for all the players and they all leave with a number of new skills which they can apply to their own team games and training.”
"Scottish Hydro has shown the Camanachd Association and the sport itself huge support, with the name 'the Scottish Hydro Camanachd Cup' becoming renowned amongst the shinty community."Archie Robertson, President, The Camanachd Association
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