Bute Shinty and Amateur Athletic Sports Club
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About Our 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. Duncan also hopes to start an under 17 team to provide a link in the progress of young players to our senior teams.    

Latest News

Shinty Fixtures for 19th. April 2014 
 
Our First team have no game this week.
 
Our second team had a very good 4-1 home win against Ballachulish at the Meadows in South Division 2, we were 4-0 up with 3 goals from Ali Carmichael and a fine goal  from young Ben Clark before the away team scored a late consolation. Another excellent display from our lads. 
 
Clubhouse Bookings
 
On Saturday 12th. April there was an 80th. Birthday party held in the clubhouse for Jimmy McMillan a native of Bute, Jimmy played for us in the early 60`s before joining Inveraray and gaining Camanachd Cup success, he then moved to farm near Montrose. The function was attended by over 100 guests including family, friends and fellow cattle show enthusiasts, all of whom enjoyed the night, both in bar and the function room which had been tastefully decorated by his family. See photographs at the bottom of this page. 
 
The next event being held is on 26th. April, a charity race night being run by the Royal Bank of Scotland in aid of the STV appeal.
 
This shows that our facility can host such events with the bar supplied and run by the club and  outside caterers supplying the food. We are available  for bookings at competitive prices, complete with a private drinks licence.   
 
Club Membership.
 
The membership fee of £40 for senior players is now due and can be paid to any committee member.   
 
Training
 
We would remind all senior players that our training is at the Meadows on both Tuesday and Thursday at 6-16pm. On Tuesdays this is taken by David McVey, who kindly gives up his time to support our club, this session is varied and very professional, please make the effort to attend and support David as he certainly supports us.   
 
The primary school training will continue at Rothesay School Campus.  

Youth Shinty - Under 14 team report 
 
Duncan Cowan reports that in conjunction with Rothesay Schools Joint Campus we have entered a team in the South of Scotland Under 14`s Development League for 9 a side teams, we are also entered into several cup competitions, all part of the development plan to gradually introduce the boys into competitive shinty.  
Colin Lockhart of Ardbeg Mini Market has once again shown his support and generosity by donating £50 to our youth section, this will be put towards the travel expenses of our under 14 team, thanks again Colin. 
 
Season 2013/14 Cup Draws
 
First Team.
 
Following on from our defeat by Oban Celtic in the Celtic Society Cup we have been drawn at home to Aberdour on 17th. May in the semi final of the South of Scotland Plate, a new competition for those teams knocked out in the first round. The winners of our tie will play either Strachur or Ballachulish in the Final.  
 
Bute have received a good first round draw in the first round of the Camanachd Cup being drawn at home to Taynuilt, the tie to be played on Saturday 3rd. May 2014. 
 
The Macauley Cup first round has paired us with Glasgow Mid Argyll, to be played in Glasgow on 26th. April, giving us the opportunity to gain revenge for last seasons league defeats. The winners of this tie then are rewarded by a home match against either Kyles Athletic or Inveraray in the second round due to be played on 21st.June.
 
Second Team 
Bute have been drawn at home against Lochside Rovers in the second round of the Sutherland Cup, the tie to be played on Saturday 10th. May 2014. We have been drawn away to the Army team, the Scots Camanachd, in the second round of the Bullough Cup, which is the quarter final stage, this to be played on Saturday 5th. July 2014. 
 
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.          
    

Jimmy McMillans 80th. Birthday Party 12th. April 2014

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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.