Lovat Shinty Club is embarking on an ambitious project to build a new sports pavilion in Kiltarlity village. This would not only provide male and female changing facilities for the clubs youth and adult shinty teams but would be used regularly by the community as a whole, incorporating treatment rooms designed to be used by physiotherapists and NHS staff as well as social areas for the local school and other constituted groups who operate in the rural community, with the local village hall oversubscribed the demand for an additional community facility is high.
Lovat Shinty Club have been working to increase the numbers of youth members which was identified in our development plan as a critical issue for the long term success and sustainability of the club. Youth and childrens teams will commonly have boys and girls playing alongside each other, and currently we have no changing facilities for girls and no accessible facilities for disabled people. Also we have recently developed a ladies team, and between the youth memebership and our ladies section the club has grown considerably. We hope that the new pavilion will provide enhanced opportunities for children to develop new skills, confidence and feel part of the community.
Having won the Scottish Hydro Camanachd Cup in 2015, the club is keen to capitalise on this success and inspire the next generation of players. The new pavilion would provide a sense of pride and identity.
Kiltarlity is a small rural village and the shinty club is the social hub for a large number of people in the community. Although the main thrust of our project is to provide a new pavilion for the shinty club, our community will benefit greatly from the new building. The treatment room will serve as a room for physio and first aid on match days, but will also be available to the NHS etc. The local NHS trust have indicated that this would be of interest to them. Kiltarlity has very limited public transport offerings and the opportunity to see the community nurse etc in the village would be of huge benefit to those who don't have access to transport such as the elderly, young families etc. Also the main social space will be available for community use. We have a village hall but it is over-subscribed and many groups have had to close down due to lack of facilities.
Currently we have support from SportScotland, the Robertson Trust and together with the clubs own funds and donations we already have a large contribution towards the cost of the project. However, we are not quite there yet and are appealing for funders to come forward and donate what they can. Your help and support would mean a lot to not only the shinty club but to the community as a whole. Please don't hesitate to contact us should you wish to learn more.