Toon step up coaching for Buchan kids

While the Blue Toon continue to toil on the field, off it the club are having greater success with their work in the Buchan community.

Earlier this year the Peterhead board drafted in former player Nat Porter in the position of general manager.

Peterhead FC coaches and players join children from the Scottish Week coaching event.

Peterhead FC coaches and players join children from the Scottish Week coaching event.

His brief was to enhance the club’s youth development programme, a project he has tackled head on.

Porter has announced that the club will run another coaching week for school children in the area during the October holiday.

The initiative follows on from the success of the summer coaching programme which saw more than 70 kids join Porter, manager Jim McInally and senior players David Cox and Dean Cowie for a week of training sessions.

The Peterhead Youth and Community courses aim to help children increase their football skills and confidence in a safe enviroment.

The emphasis will be on skill development and small-sided games.

David Cox, who ended the summer sessions by signing shirts and boots for delighted kids, looks set to join the project again.

McInally also hopes to draft in other senior players for different days during the week.

Not only have Peterhead announced another coaching week, Porter is now looking at taking manager Jim McInally into schools for regular coaching sessions.

Porter said: “What we’re hoping to do in future is maybe hopefully get Jim and myself going out to a few schools, maybe once a week, and just integrate with the kids and get out in the community.

“It’s gone down well in the past, we’ve done sessions on a Tuesday so maybe in the winter months we’ll get out and about.

“It will be nice for us to do, nice for the club and nice for the schools.”

To sign up for any of the coaching courses, or if you are interested in arranging a school visit, contact Nat Porter on 01779 478 256nor at nat.porter@peterheadfc.co.uk.