EVERYONE IS WELCOME
Aberdour Shinty Club (ASC) plays an important role in the local community, providing a safe and social sporting environment for shinty players of all ages and supporters alike.
We create opportunities to develop skills, maximise potential and widen social circles. Join us to find out more.
HEART OF THE COMMUNITY
Our club is based in the heart of Aberdour village in Fife. We maintain a full size grass Shinty pitch and are surrounded by beautiful scenery. We even have a sandy beach on our doorstep.
We have an open door policy and welcome new players of any age. If you are interested in taking part or coming along to support us, please get in touch.
Primary Kids- Friday 1730-1900
Ladies- Wednesday 1900-2030
Mens- Thursday 1900-2030
Under 14- Tuesday 1900-2030
WHAT IS SHINTY?
Shinty (Scottish Gaelic: camanachd, iomain) is a team game played with sticks and a ball. Shinty is now played mainly in the Scottish Highlands, and amongst Highland migrants to the big cities of Scotland, but it was formerly more widespread in Scotland, and was even played for a considerable time in England and other areas in the world where Scottish Highlanders migrated.
While comparisons are often made with field hockey, the two games have several important differences. In shinty, a player is allowed to play the ball in the air and is allowed to use both sides of the stick, called a caman, which is wooden and slanted on both sides. The stick may also be used to block and to tackle, although a player may not come down on an opponent’s stick, a practice called hacking. Players may also tackle using the body as long as it is shoulder-to-shoulder.
The game was derived from the same root as the Irish game of hurling and the Welsh game of bando, but has developed unique rules and features. These rules are governed by the Camanachd Association. A composite rules shinty–hurling game has been developed, which allows Scotland and Ireland to play annual international matches.