Peterhead Athletics Club set to reform

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Three months ago members of Peterhead Running Club and JogScotland formed a working group to look at the potential of reforming Peterhead Athletics Club.

The group, with the support and encouragement of Alasdhair Love, regional development manager of Scottish Athletics, have now reached the culmination of their efforts.

A draft constitution has been agreed and this will be put to public meeting with a view to appointing office bearers on Thursday, June 26 at 7.45pm in the conference room of Peterhead Academy.

The chair of the working group, Stewart Chalmers, said: “The inspiration for this came from the increasing numbers of young people taking part in track sessions at Catto Park, the Catto Park development project and that this is the year of the Commonwealth Games with the Queen’s Baton coming to Peterhead.”

With an athletics club it is hoped a range of track and field opportunities for junior and senior athletes will open up.

Five members of the working group have already completed the Level 1 Coaches Assistants course.

Mr Love said: “It is fantastic that members of the jogging and running community in Peterhead are coming together to look to capitalise on the great work done by Active Schools in the area to create a club which can cater for all.

“The bounce effect from London 2012 has shown that there is an 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.

To get involved or to find out more about becoming a member, the inaugural meeting is on Thursday, June 26 at Peterhead Academy.

Alternatively contact Stewart on 07813 012 061.

The proposed Catto Park development, spearheaded by Peterhead FC, would see facilities for a whole host of clubs created at the Peterhead site.