School Pupils Turn their Hand to Live Sports Commenmtary

School pupils from across the country were given the opportunity to learn the arts of sports commentary and put their skills to the test at Cupa Iomain na h-Òige, the interschool shinty competition.

The successful sports event, coordinated by Iomain Cholmcille’s Eòghan Stiùbhart, took place on Friday 9 September at The Eilean, Newtonmore, and gave young Gaelic-speaking shinty players, not only a chance to play against teams from other schools, but to speak Gaelic on and off the field. 

Hugh Dan shows Katie MacDonald, Faith Elson and Calum Thomson of Inverness Royal Academy and Culloden Academy the ropes

The six-aside competition proved to be a real training ground for some of Scotland’s budding young Gaelic sports commentators as they joined their heroes, Hugh Dan MacLennan and Calum MacAulay in the commentary box for a live-action Sports Commentary workshop. Secondary school pupils came from far and wide to attend the event – where they dazzled veteran commentator, Hugh Dan with their commentary skills and passion for the sport.

They also had the opportunity to capture the action on film alongside Calum MacAulay, who many of them recognised from his appearances presenting BBC ALBA’s sports coverage. Calum was well impressed with the up-and-coming stars:

"We had a great day in Newtonmore despite some wild Highland weather. The kids were eager to improve their commentary skills alongside Hugh Dan and all took turns behind the camera, with some even trying some pieces to camera and conducting interviews with players to boot!" 

Winners of the sports commentary award for secondary school pupils will have the chance to experience a day behind the scenes at a live BBC ALBA sports broadcast.