Cornwall Shinty Club in the National Press: Herald on Saturday- Scotland
The sport was last night celebrating an unexpected new avenue for the growth of the game, in Cornwall, writes Kenneth Stephen. The recently formed Cornwall Shinty Club will face London Camanachd at Victoria Park in Taunton next month in the first all-English match this millennium.
The club was founded by Matt Mossop, an archaeologist and former student of St Andrews University, who became interested in hinty while studying. He decided to form a team and the sport has taken off, with the players now training twice a week. Local businesses and the village post office are supporting the club and Mossop has discovered that Cornwall was once a stronghold of the sport. "I have spoken to people who played shinty at school prior to the 1980s, when it died away," he said. "It seems that, in the 1920s, Cornwall was the team to beat around these parts so there is obviously a connection here."
Well if the above sounds exciting for a club who had their first official meeting less than 10 days ago, the overwhelming level of local support and encouragement has been absolutely amazing, so here's a huge thankyou to all those of you who are encouraging us to make something really exciting happen at Cunningham Park.