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Camanachd Association holds AGM

REPRESENTATIVES from shinty clubs across the country gathered at the West End Hotel, Fort William, for the Camanachd Association’s annual general meeting on Friday November 25.

Eoghan Stewart, left, with Helen Carmichael, Provost of Inverness, and Norman MacLeod from STV News who was compere for the evening.

Members were told association’s accounts were ‘fragile’ and it may be necessary to dip into reserves.

The association is particularly keen to secure a sponsor for the Camanachd Cup. The 2016 blue riband event was the first time in 35 years where there was no sponsor. This will leave a gap in the 2016 accounts and it was confirmed the association is seeking £30,000 to secure a new sponsorship deal.

The focus of this year’s meeting, however, was on the 2015 audited accounts where turnover had dropped to £584,986 from £601,119 the previous year.

This can largely be put down to a drop in grants and sponsorship.

There was increased spend on development and coach education, wages, office costs, office expenses, advertising and promotions which led to an overall deficit of more than £8,000, against a surplus of almost £35,000 the previous year. Reserves at the end of December 2015 stood at just over £124,000.

The Camanachd Association has been unable to find a replacement for chief operating officer Torquil MacLeod. A first round of interviews failed to identify a successor and the post will be re-advertised early in the New Year.

The package on offer may be altered as there is a view within the association that the new incumbent must be able to match Torquil MacLeod’s events management skill-set.

A special resolution put forward by Newtonmore, seeking a relaxation in the rules surrounding pitchside technical areas for televised semi-final and final matches, just failed to achieve the required 75 per cent support.

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