Sports Development

Shetland has a flourishing sports community, oozing with opportunity to learn, play and compete. There's many leagues across many different age groups and different sports that operate year-round, with the very best of the bunch vying for places to represent their Island, Shetland, against Orkney in the annual Inter-County and of course, also at the very prestigious Island Games.

From football and netball to athletics and fencing, Shetland has it all. The competition is fierce with one another competing week-in-week-out, whether that's fighting for your Parish in the Parish Cup for football or battling it out against another school in netball. Investment across Shetland over the years has meant that Shetland's bursting with sports facilities, including the 60/40, which is a state-of-the-art indoor artificial pitch, pitches in abundance, more leisure centres than you could ever imagine, squash courts, bowls halls (no bowling alleys, mind you!), and even more!

These opportunities, groups and events can only really function because local businesses are incredibly financially supportive. They sponsor teams to go away, their training gear and kits, their training and the general running costs of leagues to name a few. 

Sports Development Blog Posts

The Football Club Doing It All On & Off The Park


Football is a massive part of Shetland's sporting life and no club comes together quite like The Jags. Lerwick Thistle have had recent successes on the park but the things they do off it is what really sets them apart.

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