Peterhead FC are Aberdeenshire team of the year

Peterhead Football Club have claimed the coveted ‘Team of the Year’ trophy at the Aberdeenshire Sports Awards earlier this month.

There were also awards for football coach Alex Mair and student Jamie Mapston who claimed the ‘Service to Sport’ and ‘Active Schools Volunteer of the Year’ awards respectively.

Special guest Dick McTaggart MBE, the 1956 Olympic Boxing Champion, was in attendance along with Provost Jill Webster of Aberdeenshire Council to present the awards.

Peterhead FC general manager Nat Porter said he was delighted for the club to have won the award.

“It’s really nice to get this accolade and the recognition it as well, especially after winning the Pride of Buchan award.

“It was also very pleasing to see Walter Innes, who was nominated for a volunteer achievement for his near 20 years working with the Hexagon boys team, get some recognition.”

Alex Mair has been involved in School’s Football since 1976 as a Coach with Moray Primary Schools, Fraserburgh Academy and Mintlaw Academy. His commitment has been outstanding at lunchtimes, after schools and Saturday mornings.

His school teams have enjoyed success in Shire Leagues, Shire Cups, North of Scotland Cups and a Scottish Shield under 16 win. As the Aberdeenshire under 18 coach he has won the National/Regional trophy twice. He has also seen under his coaching go on to higher levels, Schoolboy International, Junior, Highland League and professional level.

Jamie Mapston is a 1st year student at Aberdeen College and regularly gives up his days off college to volunteer with Active Schools.

He has been coaching after school multi-sport activity clubs for Active Schools on a regular basis since January 2014 and is always keen to help out during our holiday programmes.

Jamie beat fellow Peterhead native Nicola Drummond to the award, who finished 3rd, alongside runner up Fred Dick.

Fred dedicates a great deal of his time to coaching hockey in the Buchan area.

He is currently coaching 5 clubs in the area for pupils both in the primary and secondary age groups.

Fred runs the cluster clubs in Mintlaw and Peterhead which provide the opportunity for many pupils to participate in extracurricular hockey. In addition he coaches the Peterhead Academy club and clubs in 2 schools in the Peterhead primary network.

Nicola initially started volunteering with Active Schools as a parent helper in January 2013, from there she has developed into a coach and currently runs two athletics sessions every Tuesday night and also coaches

clubs Clerkhill P1-3 Junior Joggers.