Shinty: New Bute coaches put through their paces

Bute's Level 1 shinty coaching students with Euan McMurdo (left) and Graham Cormack (right) from the Camanachd Association.
Bute's Level 1 shinty coaching students with Euan McMurdo (left) and Graham Cormack (right) from the Camanachd Association.

The next generation of Bute shinty coaches will gather at the Meadows on Sunday for the final phase of their Level 1 coaching course.

The group is being put through its paces by Camanachd Association coaching and performance development manager Graham Cormack and by the sport’s Argyll and Bute development officer Euan McMurdo.

The course is aimed at people who want to coach children in the finer arts of the sport, rather than at those looking to train adult teams.

“The Level 1 course is a recognised and accredited SQA qualification,” Graham said. “It lasts for two full days and is followed by an assessment evening in which we’ll watch the candidates coaching their own groups of children.

“The two days are split between how to coach and what to coach - the first bit looks at how to organise people, coaching techniques and so on, and the second part is the shinty bit.”

Bute Shinty Club already runs a thriving youth coaching set-up, with the club entering teams this season in competitions at P5 and under, P7 and under and under-14 level, in addition to the club’s two adult sides.