Moves afoot to create new Peterhead athletic club

Athletics could prove a big draw in Peterhead among all age groups
Athletics could prove a big draw in Peterhead among all age groups

Moves are afoot to form a new athletics club in Peterhead.

Scottish Athletics, Active Schools, Peterhead Academy and Peterhead Jogscotland have joined forces to explore the setting up of an athletics club affiliated to Scottish Athletics.

They will be hosting an openmeeting for the community at 7.30pm Wednesday, March 5 at Peterhead Football Club .

Ally Love, regional development manager for Scottish Athletics, said: “It is fantastic that members of the jogging and running community in Peterhead are coming together to look at the opportunity to capitalise on the great work done by Active Schools in the area to create an athletics club which can cater for all ages and abilities and to allow potential athletes to reach their potential and take up the sport.

“The bounce effect from London 2012 has shown that there is interest within communities and with Glasgow 2014 coming this summer this is an excellent opportunity to make use of the facilities in Peterhead as well as strengthen the case for improving the Catto Park development.

“With the need for athletes, officials and coaches this is an opportunity for everyone to come together for the better of the town and build on the fantastic Jogscotland group which is already established and the envy of many other groups across Scotland.”

Stephen Bruce of Peterhead Jogscotland told the Buchanie: “This wouldbe a brilliant legacy of the Commonwealth games and for Peterhead, especially with the prospect of the redevelopment of Catto Park.

“With the work of Active schools, Peterhead Academy and the growing number of juniors coming to Jogscotland an affiliated club would be a great platform for helping our young people develop athletically.

“Already we have recently seen Peterhead Academy pupil Ewan Calder, who started running with Peterhead Jogscotland, go on become the Scottish School Champion in 400 metres in 16 to 18 years age group and we believe that many more of our young people can progress to that level if given the opportunity through the right coaching and support.”