Meet the board – Willie MacDonald

Willie MacDonald  – Youth

Willie has been involved in Shinty for most of his life.

A native of Ballachulish he played for the Primary School  before  eventually progressing to the Ballachulish senior team at the age of 13.

At the age of 24 Willie moved to play for Fort William, who had just been promoted to North Division 1 in the days before the Premier league had been established.

During this time he enjoyed great  success winning all Senior trophies available – his finest moment being the 1992 Camanachd Final in Glasgow when Fort William defeated Kingussie 1-0 to win the ‘Camanachd’ for the first time in their history, he also won the Albert Smith medal that day.

International honours arrived in 1993 when he was in the winning team against Ireland at the Bught  Park, a few years later he captained Scotland against Ireland in Fort William.

When his playing days were over he started coaching at all levels from School kids from Inverlochy School  through to Senior level with Fort William. He spent eight years coaching at Inverlochy school in where he took an almost complete team through from P1 to P7 –  in 2017/18 the school won all before them including the MacKay Cup – this along with some of the older kids he coached in the school making the breakthrough to Fort William senior team gave  him great satisfaction.

Willie is keen to work closely with the Development Team to promote shinty to areas out with the traditional shinty heartland and get as many children playing our great game as possible.