Get Inspired: How to get into shinty

Join the 'shinty community'

How do I start?

The Camanachd Association - shinty's world governing body - runs shinty.comexternal-link, which contains a guide to becoming a player as well as a list of club contacts in the UK.external-link

But what is shinty?

With 12 players per team and the use of a curved stick called a caman, the idea is to hit a small ball along the ground or through the air, using either side of the stick, until you score a goal in the net (or 'hail') at the end of the field.

Is it for me?

Whatever age, ability or level of fitness, anyone can get involved in shinty. Most clubs have equipment so all you need to do is turn up in comfortable clothes with a pair of football boots or a sturdy pair of trainers.

What to expect when I start?

  • Shinty is a fast-paced and physically demanding sport, as well as a great opportunity to make new friends.
  • Primary school kids can start in the sport with a very simple game called First Shinty, played with plastic sticks with rubber heads and foam balls. This allows them to learn the key skills of the game.
  • The National Disability First Shinty Festivalexternal-link is an annual two day event run by The Camanachd Association that allows children with disabilities to compete in a tournament and receive coaching from qualified shinty coaches.
  • The playing field is 140-170 yards long so running up and down it for 90 minutes is sure to improve your fitness.

To get you in the mood...

Hockey star turns hand to shinty

Are you inspired to try shinty? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the activity by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired,external-link visiting us on Facebookexternal-link or email us on

All clubs need a chair, secretary and treasurer to help things run smoothly as well as officials, coaches and judges. Whatever role you're interested in, Join Inexternal-link has opportunities to volunteer in your area.