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The Scottish Hydro Youth Development Fund has awarded a share of £5000 to eleven shinty clubs across Scotland.

The aim of the Fund is to support member Clubs who wish to increase youth participation by providing a grant in support of new or enhanced Club initiatives which will deliver sustainable growth in the number of young people playing shinty.

The Award Panel, which was headed by Camanachd Association Youth Director, Calum Duff, received a great number of applications and out of those, eleven clubs were successful.  These clubs were Skye, Aberdour, Glasgow Gaels, Caberfeidh, Inverness, Cornwall, Beauly, Lewis, Edinburgh, Lovat and Kingussie.

In speaking of the Fund, Camanachd Association Youth Director, Calum Duff, said: “Sourcing funding is a constant challenge for Clubs, so the Scottish Hydro Youth Development Fund is a great avenue of support which we are able to offer them.  The Award Panel was yet again very impressed with the standard of applications received.  We are confident the funds awarded will go a long way in maintaining and increasing youth participation in the sport.”

Jonny Petrie, Head of Sponsorship with Scottish Hydro, added: “Supporting the game at the grassroots is very important to us and we are pleased to be able to continue contributing through the Scottish Hydro Youth Development Fund. The fund helps develop not only up and coming talented players but also encourages participation from young people of all skill levels”

Another round of funding will be announced later this year.