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Main hall set up for a wedding on 15th. July 2017

 
 
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 five 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 newly refurbished and enlarged bar, an extensive catering kitchen and  a large function room catering for up to 150 guests. We can host all types of social occasions such as weddings, birthdays, retirement, fundraising, etc. and welcome all enquiries.  

In 2017 our first team played in South Division 1, we had decided that another year in the National League would be detrimental to the younger members of our team. We finished up in fourth place, only one point behind the team in second. This was a very good campaign by our team as the younger players grew in stature and confidence ably supported by  more experienced veterans. We can now look forward to 2018 knowing that we will soon be in a position to advance to a higher league.
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Our second team remained in South Division 2 and with the aid of many of our young stars of the future, again supported by several more experienced players,we comfortably finished mid table.

Manager David Kilpatrick was delighted by the performances of the team over the season and again looks forward to next season and further progress being made with our youth policy. 


James Craig, Duncan Cowan, Iain McDonald and several others continue to be very active in training and coaching youngsters up to the age of 14 years having approx. 50 involved at present, the club has already benefited by several of the under 14`s

 

Our youth teams again performed very well during 2017, all of our junior teams excelling in the varios cups and leagues we entered, our under 14 team being especially successful. Shinty is now being introduced into the curriculum of Rothesay Academy to provide competitive sport to their pupils and all our youth teams, including Primary School age groups, are now involved in a competitive shinty environment which is greatly aiding their development.   

Lottery result
 
The lottery numbers drawn on Monday 20th. November were 9, 16 and 17. No winner this week, that means its up to £300 next week, that would buy a turkey, all the trimmings and even some light refreshments.

 
Latest News
 

 
 
2017 Season


Saturday the 11th. November saw our season come to a rather unsatisfactory conclusion, we were scheduled to play away to Kilmory, their pitch was unplayable and they could not come to Bute, the points were shared leaving us in fourth place in the league, we could have finished second had we beaten Kilmory this week. This despite being deducted 8 points for dropping down a division. 
 
 
Youth Shinty
 
More good news on the representative front, at under 14 level Marcus Planck, Callum McMillan and Steven Dunn have been picked for the South of Scotland team to play their north counterparts on Sunday 1st. October, at Fort William.
 
Ryan Craig, Craig McKay, Craig Fisher and Arron McKirdy have also been picked for the under 17 team to play on the same day at Fort William.
 
Congratulations to all, its a great honour for them, their coaches and our club.  
 
Membership   
 
The membership fees of £50 for senior players and £10 for juniors will be due before or at our AGM in January 2017 and we will accept payment in stages. We would also like to stress the importance of our Club Lottery in contributing to our income and would ask you all to play this weekly, its a way of supporting your club and an opportunity to win some money.    
 
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. 

We turn up on match days to a clean clubhouse and the away teams are treated to excellent meals prepared and served by Margaret Whitelaw, the soup is always delicious as is the home baking supplied by Nancy Gourlay, sadly Nancy will not be at the clubhouse this year but the god news ius she will continue to supply pancakes and fruit cake. 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, we actually finished last season in the black for a change..
 
This money comes from three main sources of income, we receive a payment from Argyll and Bute Council for providing changing facilities for other local clubs. We also receive welcome income generated by 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 John MacCallum ably running our Club Lottery, 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 John. We would ask once again for your support by buying tickets for this lotto draw, it offers good prize money to those who participate.     
 
In addition we very much welcome the support given by our main sponsors, George and Katie Ross of Macs Bar, Greg and Mara Fisher of McIntyre Butchers and Colin and Mags Lockhart of Ardbeg Mini Market.
 
We also received  in excess of £10,000 during 2016 in grants and donations, the Big Lottery Fund with over £7500, £800 from Foundation Scotland, £500 from ForBute and various donations from members and supporters, many thanks to you all. 
 
 
 
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.