Abercorn (A) & Park (B) Schools victorious at 2023 National Disability Shinty Festival

Aviemore was the venue last month, for the 26th annual Disability First Shinty Festival which saw Abercorn School from Glasgow retain their title winning League A. Park B from East Ayrshire emerged victorious winning section B.

Over 90 children and a record 13 teams and 10 schools from Inverness, Kingussie, Oban, Dingwall, Dunoon, Tain, Glasgow and North Ayrshire enjoyed coaching from qualified shinty coaches and games throughout the two-day event which culminated in a tournament.

The tournament was split into A & B leagues on a round robin format, with the teams in each section playing each other once. Both leagues were extremely competitive with some excellent play and great goals scored throughout the day.

Abercorn from Glasgow, the 2022 winners won League A with Park School from East Ayrshire running out winners of League B.

Rosemary MacPhee presented the trophies to the captains of Abercorn and Park schools and medals to all the children.

Camanachd Association Youth Director, Kirsty Deans, said: “This is one of the most rewarding events we hold annually as we are bringing together children who don’t get many opportunities to compete in shinty. The event grows in popularity each year, and it was great to see Dunoon, Kilpatrick, St Clements and St Duthus Schools taking part for the first time”.

Festival organiser and National Development Manager, Ronald Ross, said: I would like to thank all the teams, players, teachers, and support staff that made the effort to take part in this year’s festival. To have over 90 children taking part over the two days is just incredible. I would also like to thank Rosemary MacPhee and family for their continued support of the event.