SEAFOOD company Marine Harvest has extended its long-running sponsorship of shinty in Scotland to 33 years.

A new six figure, three-year deal, announced by the Camanachd Association yesterday, is the largest single sponsorship investment in the sport to date.

The company will remain as title sponsor of the Premier League – the Marine Harvest Premiership – National league and North/South area leagues. Marine Harvest will also continue its support for women’s and youth shinty, the Scotland senior national team, the annual shinty/hurling international match against Ireland and the game’s annual awards night.

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Camanachd Association president Jim Barr said: “Shinty is an important part of Scotland’s sporting and cultural heritage and remains a key part of community life in many areas across the country and the whole shinty community will be delighted that such a successful company continues to show such faith in our great game.

Marine Harvest managing director Ben Hadfield said: “We are very pleased to announce our continuing support for the game.

“It has been very rewarding to see how the game has developed and grown particularly with women’s shinty and the work and commitment that we’re seeing invested in youth shinty.”

Marine Harvest is Scotland’s largest salmon farming company celebrated its 50th anniversary it has four three hatcheries, five freshwater loch sites and 46 sea farms in the Western Isles, Skye, Argyll, Wester Ross and Lochaber.