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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 which has a bar, 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.  

In 2014 our first team will be in the newly formed National League, this will result in more travelling for our players and a more severe test of our playing resources than the South Division 1. Our second team remain in South Division 2 and will be looking to improve even more on last seasons fine performances. As usual there will be retirements , players defecting to other teams and first team members stepping down to the second team however we look forward to our younger players stepping up to the mark and fulfilling the potential they have shown.

James Craig, Duncan Cowan and Iain McDonald are also very active in training and coaching youngsters up to the age of 14 years having approx. 50 involved at present, the club will reap the benefits of their hard work in the years to come and they are now gradually introducing the boys  into a competitive shinty environment in conjunction with the local schools.   

Latest News

 Further information on our club can now be viewed at Argyllsportshubs.com 
 
Bute First Team had a tough time during the 2014 season, the team was short in experience due to a number of senior players not being available for various reasons and we struggled in the National League being relegated to South Division 1. We did however retain a core of dedicated team members who were augmented by a number of young players being introduced to this level perhaps before we would have hoped. These youngsters however did not let us down and we look forward to their continued development next season with hopefully several more experienced players returning to the fold.
 
The Second Team management and the again mainly young players team deserve great praise for finishing a creditable fourth in South Division 2, well done, this bodes well for the future of our club.  
 
More  encouraging was the performances of our under 14, P7 and P5 teams who all improved as the season progressed and they all won trophies to bring back to Bute, these are the future of our club and we should all lend them our full support, especially on match days. 
 
Many thanks again to Colin Lockhart of Ardbeg Mini Market for his generous cash donation 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 the subscription fees are much needed, we will accept payment in instalments.
 
Training 

The youth and primary school training has now returned to the School Campus. 

To all Members
 It is not only the players and coaches who contribute to the success of our club, we are a community club and each and every one of us has a part to play, we must pull together and work for the good of the club as a whole. A successful team on the park depends on the hard work and efforts of all club members. We need to keep our clubhouse and changing facilities in good condition to help provide funds for its upkeep, it costs a lot of money to run a club such as ours and we need to look at other sources of income, all ideas are welcome.
 
We would thank our sponsors for their continued and valuable support, we really do appreciate them and welcome their contributions.   
 
We also look forward once again to welcoming those who attend on match days to provide support to our teams, it gives the players a boost and makes them give that bit more effort, please continue to come along, bring family and friends and stay for a while after the games to enjoy a drink or two in the bar.    
 
We would ask once again for your support by buying tickets for our weekly lotto draw so efficiently managed by Tommy Howat, this provides valuable funds for the club as well as offering good prize money to those who participate.          
    



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.