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About Our Shinty Club

 

There had been several teams on the island before the formation of the present Bute Shinty Club in 1946, the first  of these being established in 1906. North Bute were the most successful having been runners-up in the 1923 Sutherland Cup.

Bute have had a great deal of success over the years winning many cups and league titles. Between 2004 and 2013 Bute have won the South Division 1 twice, were four times Balliemore Cup winners including 2013 and reached 3 consecutive Celtic Cup finals, this being the most successful period in the clubs history.

We have our own clubhouse and bar, the bar is due to be refurbished and increased in size early in 2015, an extensive kitchen and function room as well as changing rooms and showers. We can host all types of social occasions such as weddings, birthdays, retirement, fundraising, etc. and welcome all enquiries.  

In 2014 our first team were relegated from the 
newly formed National League and although due to League reconstruction we are still eligible for that division for 2015 we have decided to play in South Division 1 to further enable the development of our younger players. We also hope to welcome several players returning to the fold,  this together with the core of last seasons team should make us more competitive in 2015.

 

Our second team remain in South Division 2 and will be looking to improve even more on last seasons fine performances, again with the aid of our young stars of the future.

James Craig, Duncan Cowan, Iain McDonald and several others continue to be very active in training and coaching youngsters up to the age of 14 years having approx. 50 involved at present, the club has already benefited by several of the under 14`s 
having played for the First and Second Teams, the hard work of these coaches will ensure the future of our club in the years to come. Shinty is now being introduced into the curriculum of Rothesay Academy to provide competitive sport to their pupils and all our youth teams, including Primary School age groups, are now involved in a competitive shinty environment which is greatly aiding their development.   

Latest News

 Further information on our club can now be viewed at Argyllsportshubs.com 
 
The date for our Annual General Meeting will be Friday 9th. January 2015 at 7-00pm in The Clubhouse at the Meadows.
      
Topics for discussion will include reports by the Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Youth Coaches and Lottery Fund, election of Office Bearers for 2015, membership fees, proposed alterations to the Constitution and Rules and any other business transacted as may be considered competent.
 
Confirmation of this date will be placed in the Buteman newspaper at least 14 days before the meeting. 
 
All members and interested parties welcome.      
  
Club News  
We are now planning the layout of a new bar and counter which should be completed early in the New Year, it is hoped that this will attract more social bookings and therefore increase our revenue.
 
The 2014 season is now over and the first cup draw for 2015 has been made, we have been drawn at home to Premier League Club Oban Camanachd in the Macaulay Cup with the winners having a home tie with the winners of Oban Celtic and Ballachulish.
 
Although our first team is still eligible  to play in the National League we have decided that the development of our younger players would be best served by our entering the South Division 1. It is hoped that several senior players who for various reasons did not play last year will return to the fold and improve our playing prospects for 2015.    
 
The Second Team will continue in South Division 2 and with the management of David Kilpatrick and again mainly young players we are sure they will once more do our club proud. Thanks again to David Kilpatrick of the Bike Shed for his continued sponsorship. 
 
The winter season for our youths has now commenced and we hope to build on the encouraging performances of last season of our under 14, P7 and P5 teams who all improved as the season progressed, they all won trophies to bring back to Bute, they are the future of our club and we should all lend them our full support, especially on match days. These teams are coached by Duncan Cowan, James Craig, Iain McDonald, Tommy McKirdy and Julie Robertson who all give freely of their time, our thanks go once again to them for their efforts in support of our club. Many thanks also to Colin Lockhart of Ardbeg Mini Market for his generous cash donations and continued support of our youth section, it makes a big difference to the boys.  
 
Club Membership. 
The membership fee of £40 for senior players is now due and can be paid to any committee member. It takes a great deal of money to run our club and register the players with the Camanachd Association and subscription fees are much needed, we will accept payment in instalments.
 
To all Members
 It is not only the players and coaches who contribute to the success of our club, a lot of work goes on behind the scenes that we sometimes take for granted . A team on the park depends on the hard work and efforts of all club members. 
 
George McNeish works tirelessly in keeping our clubhouse up to standard ably assisted by many of our players who also give freely of their time to make repairs to the property. George can also be found behind the bar on match days and other occasions dispensing great cheer to all.     

We turn up on match days to a clean clubhouse and the away teams are treated to excellent meals prepared and served by Nancy Gourlay and Margaret Whitelaw, the soup is always delicious as is Nancy`s home baking. Margaret ensures our playing strips are washed and ready for each match. Sincere thanks to you both.
 
It takes a great deal of money to run our teams and maintain our clubhouse, in David Herriot we have a treasurer who looks after our finances with great skill, he ensures money is made available whenever necessary and also that we have funds in the bank.
 
This money comes from three other main sources of income, we receive a payment from Argyll and Bute Council for providing changing facilities for other local clubs, however it is the efforts of two other club members who provide a constant income stream.
 
Our Chairman Barry Martin puts a great deal of effort into gaining and arranging various lets for our clubhouse including weddings, birthday parties etc. as well as dog training lessons and fitness classes for adults all providing good monetary income, this takes up a great deal of his time and often goes without notice, our thanks, well done Barry.     
      
Last but not least we have Tommy Howat ably running our Club Lotto, he goes round the various outlets every Monday collecting the tickets and money, supervises the draw and pays out the winnings. Without this source of income we would struggle financially. Thank you Tommy. We would ask once again for your support by buying tickets for this lotto draw, it offers good prize money to those who participate.     
 
Once again my apologies to anyone I have omitted from this list, the fault will be entirely mine.   
    



Bute Shinty Lotto
Bute Shinty Club run a weekly 3 number lottery with a £100 rollover jackpot (Max £2000).
The numbers are drawn on Monday, with winners (if any) announced on Tuesday.
Ticket can be purchased at several local shops on the island.