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Pupils spark shinty craze in Fife
Shinty was introduced to Aberdour Primary School five years ago
Shinty was introduced to Aberdour Primary School five years ago
Shinty is booming in Fife with dozens of children taking up the sport.

Traditionally a Highland game, the stick and ball sport looks to be spreading across the country.

Five years ago it was introduced to Aberdour Primary School in south Fife as a six-week course but now they have formed a league team.

The game is drawing children from all over Fife including Burntisland, Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay and Dunfermline.

Lisa Norman, Aberdour Primary School shinty coach, said: "The initial reaction was fantastic, the school was very supportive.

"The head teacher was very keen to have something different and after the six-week block of shinty had finished there was so much demand from the teachers, the parents and the children we started some more sessions.

There was a huge knock-on effect and great enthusiasm for it
Lisa Norman
Aberdour Primary School shinty coach

"But then everything snowballed and parents got involved and the community was formed.

"There was a huge knock-on effect and great enthusiasm for it.

"The under-10 team has only been beaten once in 15 matches."

Hugh Dan MacLennan, vice president of Camanachd Association, Shinty's governing body, said he was delighted the sport had taken off in Fife.

"I think shinty is taking off in schools because it is something very different compared with other sports.

"It offers an attractive proposition for those tired of other sports. You have to give children something different.

"Aberdour Primary School is a great example of where the sport is breaking into new territory.

"Shinty is increasing in Scotland but we must sustain this."

There are now 90 school shinty team in Scotland.


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