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Introduction to Highland Games

Sunday, 2 April 2017

11am – 4pm

Glamis Castle, Glamis, Angus, DD8 1RJ

Free to attend

The Scottish Highland Games Association (SHGA) in partnership with Strathmore Highland Games and Angus Active Schools, is holding an Introduction to Highland Games event to encourage more competitors to take part in Scotland’s traditional sporting events.

Taking place at Glamis Castle, Angus, on Sunday, 2 April, the event will give adults and children the opportunity to learn about the different disciplines that feature in a typical highland games programme

Alongside judges, athletes who compete in the heavy events – putting the stone, throwing weight for height and distance, and tossing the caber – will be on hand to teach and showcase the disciplines.  Equipment suitable for both juniors and adults will ensure that people of all abilities can participate and learn the techniques involved.

For those interested in taking up or competing in highland dancing, piping, tug o’ war, light athletics events and cycling, representatives from each discipline will be available to offer advice and information.  A kilt-maker and a bagpipe manufacturer will also showcase their work, illustrating how these items are woven into the fabric of highland games.

The community events require the support of volunteers to help with their smooth running.  Anyone who is interested in assisting their local highland games by volunteering as a judge or official can speak to games’ organisers to learn more.

As the sports governing body of traditional highland games in Scotland, the SHGA oversees 60 of the highland games that are held throughout the country each year.  With games taking place the length and breadth of Scotland most weekends during the summer months, and a number of regional leagues in operation, there are many opportunities on the games circuit for those who are interested in competing.

The free to attend come and try session at Glamis Castle will provide people with a taste of what it is like to participate in one of Scotland’s oldest and most iconic sporting events.

Further details available from Ian Grieve ig2shga@gmail Tel 01334 476305 or Charlie Murray


Published: 2017-03-28 11:15:17