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More than 40 kids enjoy a Gaelic football camp in Skye

By Imogen James

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40 people participated in the camp.
40 people participated in the camp.

A THREE-DAY football camp for young Gaelic speakers hit the target with participants and saw one budding young star walk away with a special signed shirt.

The event was organised by The Highland Council Gaelic Team and FC Sonas for pupils in Skye.

Forty Gaelic speaking young people from Primary 1-7 took part in football session led by Calum Ferguson.

FC Sonas encouraged the young people at the three-day camp to speak Gaelic, to strive to be considered and kind to each other.

The signed shirt.
The signed shirt.

Innes MacNeil from Sleat was lucky enough to win a football strip signed by Ryan Christie because he impressed the coaches the most during the camp.

Calum Ferguson from FC Sonas said: “We were delighted to be able to take FC Sonas to the Isle of Skye thanks to the support of The Highland Council. "After two previous successful Holiday camps in Inverness we felt the time was right to visit other Gaelic communities across the Highlands.

"The demand for places at the Easter Holiday camp was exceptional and we quickly reached our attendance capacity at 40 children. We have received plenty positive feedback and we hope to be able to return in the future to build on the success."

Nicky Grant, executive chief officer for Education and Learning added: “It is a fantastic idea to use football and sport as a way to engage young people with Gaelic, especially as it provides an opportunity to enhance and strengthen the young people’s language skills as well as their football training abilities.

"Thank you to the Gaelic Team and FC Sonas for organising this fun experience for our young people and High Life Highland for supporting the event also.”

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