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My Dad is Coach P

Due to the overwhelming response and quality we received we thought it was only right to award a 2nd and 3rd prize. 

Our third prize receiving 6 Tanera Camans and 6 Play Shinty Balls goes to Callum, Murray, Struan, Olly, Sorley and Archie from Tighnabruaich Primary School. These 6 lads entered 4 essays that really captured the excitement and enthusiasm that shinty has for young people. They also talked about the importance of family, and in particular Callum’s essay “My Dad is Coach P” was an example of the positive values that shinty promotes in our children and young people. We publish Callum’s essay below.

My Dad is Coach P (James Perlich)

My Dad started coaching Kyles in 2005. It will be 19 years this summer.

Coach P isn’t a shinty player and has never claimed to be. This is what makes his story so unique and interesting.

Coach P was a professional rugby player at the age of 18. Playing for Edinburgh Rievers and then Newcastle Falcons at U21 level. Coach P also represented Scotland at Under 18, 19 and 21 levels.

Coach P’s coaching background was in high performance fitness training and player performance.

Norman Macdonald, Coach P’s best friend was the Kyles 1st Team Manager in 2005 and asked Coach P to help with some fitness training for the squad.

That’s where it all started for him, and he’s been helping the players and teams of Kyles do their best since.

Coach P took training every Monday and Wednesday for the Kyles Seniors and Juniors from 2005 until 2018. During this time, he also helped coach the team alongside Norman Macdonald, the Kyles 1st Team Manager. He also drove the team bus to all the away games. He has lots of stories which he says I can’t repeat. The team named the bus ‘White Gold’ and it was great craic going to and from games.

Between Coach P and Norman, they won several major trophies. Including 1 Scottish Cup (reached 4 finals and 3 runners up), 3 Macaulay Cups, 8 Celtic Cups, The Balliemore Cup and National Coaches of the Year in 2012. Coach P won National Coach of the year again in 2017.

Coach P took the position of 1st Team manager in 2017 where he famously beat Newtonmore 7-4 in the Macaulay Final in Oban, Mossfield Park. Coach P’s favourite playing ground.

Coach P has also been involved with all Scotland representative teams, including the Scotland Senior men’s and woman’s teams.

Coach P now takes the Kyles youth. Coaching P1 – S6 kids who play for Kyles. The kids are doing well and have won quite a few competitions. These include the South of Scotland 6’s, Dalmally 6’s, the Shinty World Cup, the MOD cup, indoor primary national finals, under 14’s national finals and the Camanachd Association National Primary School Cup Final in 2023 with our under 12 squad.

Coach P does NOT like losing and believes winning is very important. Even when Kyles win you’ll find Coach P not that happy….He’s just always looking to the next game or training session and thinking how they can get better after their last performance.

Coach P is my Dad and I’m very lucky he’s involved in my shinty growing up in Tighnabruaich and playing for Kyles Athletic. Hopefully I can also win lots of trophies when I play for the Kyles 1st team.

I am very proud coach P is my dad.

By Callum P4

One comment

  1. What a brilliant essay, well written and not only full of interesting statistics, but captured the essence of Shinty.
    Well done Callum!

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