MARINE Harvest Scotland is celebrating 30 years of sponsoring shinty by establishing a Children and Young Persons Development Fund.
The new agreement, with the Camanachd Association, the governing body for shinty, is focused on enhancing opportunities for children and young people.
The fund aims to increase participation at clubs by providing a maximum grant award of £500.
The funding will be eligible for accredited member clubs who are proposing new or enhanced initiatives to develop shinty for children and young people, up to the age of 18.
Keith Loades, president of the Camanachd Association, said: ‘Yet again, the sport of shinty is indebted to Marine Harvest for their generous support.
‘In this year of young people, this particular sponsorship award gives clubs with youth teams the opportunity to apply for funds to support the continued development of the game.’
Ben Hadfield (pictured), managing director of Marine Harvest (Scotland), said: ‘We are delighted to celebrate our 30 years support of shinty with the Children and Young Persons Fund.
‘We have been very impressed with the role the Camanachd Association has played in getting young people involved in the sport and we hope the fund will encourage even more to take part.’
Ronald Ross, regional development manager for the Camanachd Association, described the announcement as ‘fantastic news for shinty’.
‘Youth development at club level is integral to the future success of our sport and this new fund will go a long way to ensuring our young players are given opportunities that encourage them to continue their participation.
‘I look forward to continuing our partnership with Marine Harvest and ensuring shinty reaps the rewards.’
The first round of applications will close on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 12pm and will be available on www.shinty.com.