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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 
 
The 2014 season is now over and it was a challenging one for our club . Our First Team had a tough time being 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. Team Captain Kevin Queen and James Craig must be congratulated for all their efforts in selecting the team from a very limited pool of players. Thanks also to our Team sponsors George and Katie Ross of Macs Bar. 
 
The Second Team management of David Kilpatrick and again mainly young players team deserve great praise for finishing a creditable fourth in South Division 2 and also for lending players to the first team, well done, this bodes well for the future of our club. Thanks again to David Kilpatrick of the Bike Shed for his continued sponsorship. 
 
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. The outdoor season may be over however they can now concentrate on the forthcoming indoor tournaments to be held over the winter. These teams are coached by Duncan Cowan, James Craig, Iain McDonald and Tommy McKirdy who all give freely of their time, our thanks go once again 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.