Fred recognised for his dedication to hockey

Fred Dick receives his coveted award from Cllr Isobel Davidson (left) and special guest Katherine Grainger CBE, Olympic double sculls champion.
Fred Dick receives his coveted award from Cllr Isobel Davidson (left) and special guest Katherine Grainger CBE, Olympic double sculls champion.

A dedicated Buchan sports coach has won the coveted Active Schools Volunteer of the Year title.

Fred Dick took the honour for his outstanding work with Mintlaw Hockey Club.

The award, sponsored by Aberdeenshire Council, was presented to Fred by Councillor Isobel Davidson, chair of the Education, Learning and Leisure Committee at the recent Aberdeenshire Sport Council Awards Night.

Fred has been the lead coach for the Mintlaw Hockey Club for over a year and a half.

The club is fully subscribed withmore than 20 Primary 4 to S1 children attending each week.

Fred has also been running the Peterhead Cluster Club for over a year after stepping in at short notice to cover when the previous coach moved on,.

Recently Fred approached the Peterhead Active Schools co-ordinator to set up a rural club for the Peterhead pupils in Cruden Bay to give pupils that can’t travel a chance to play.

His enthusiasm must also rub off on his colleagues and friends as he has recruited assistants to help at the clubs which are now being put through or have already been put through hockey training courses.

In his nomination, the judges heard that Fred had dedicated “many hours volunteering over the last few years” and he was deemed “a very worthy” winner of the Active Schools Volunteer of the Year Award.