Ex-Scotland manager to guest at MACBI

Former Scotland and Aberdeen manager Craig Brown will be a guest speaker at Mintlaw’s new MACBI centre next month.

Aberdeenshire Sports Council is aiming to hit its 300 membership target with its new Club Networking Event in Mintlaw onThursday, March 6 at 7pm.

The MACBI Centre will host the joint initiative between Aberdeenshire Sports Council and Active Schools Aberdeenshire to raise awareness of and increase membership of the Sports Council.

The evening will also provide an opportunity for club leaders to learn more about Positive Coaching Scotland, one of Sportscotland’s core products and an input on Community Sports Hubs.

With the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games less than six months away the event will hear from Craig Brown on his thought on how sport could benefit from the legacy of the Commonwealth Games.

The legacy of 2014 will also be catered for with clubs able to meet their local Active Schools co-ordinators who are tasked with “Making more children more active” through close working with schools and local clubs and the newly-appointed Community Sports Hub Officer for Aberdeenshire Nicola Scott.

The Sports Council now has 283 clubs affiliated and is the largest in Scotland. It’s an independent sporting body providing guidance, supportand funding opportunities to help sports clubs and athletes from across Aberdeenshire develop and progress from grass roots up to Olympic level.

The Club Network evening will aim to showcase to existing and potentially new member clubs the benefits that are an offer.

Affiliated clubs are able to apply for financial assistance for athlete and coach development along with specific support for club development. Membership benefits include access to a highly competitive insurance scheme to provide clubs with protection whilst running their events or competing.

Sports Council Chairman Alan Still said he had been delighted with the positive response to the event and was hopeful it would hit its 300 membership target by June.