PeterDeen project links with further local football club, moves to new Victoria Road base

An innovative partnership involving local football clubs to deliver alternative educational opportunities to young people has brought another club into the fold.
 
The PeterDeen project aims to deliver a curriculum through which students are encouraged to celebrate their own achievements and develop as independent, responsible and creative young people with a lifelong interest in learning and self-development.
 
Working with Peterhead Academy, some of its success has included delivering a 50% increase in attendance rates among those participating.
 
The alternative curriculum provided by PeterDeen includes coaching sessions and the opportunity to focus on skills for life and work as well as continuing their studies on core subjects such as English and Maths.
 
Led by Aberdeenshire Council, the PeterDeen scholarship was developed in partnership with Aberdeen FC Community Trust, Peterhead Football Club and Peterhead-based Score Group plc as well as third sector providers.
 
The project has been based at Peterhead FC until now, but is due to transfer to Barclay Park Pavilion once its refurbishment is complete, expected to be this winter.
 
Until that venue is ready, Buchanhaven Hearts Junior Football Club offered PeterDeen a temporary home at its Victoria Road facility.
 
A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said: "Peterhead FC has recently developed parts of its stadium and its commercial offering and the time was right to bring another local club into the project with a view to securing another training venue.
 
"Following some very positive discussions with Buchanhaven Hearts JFC they offered a new base for the PeterDeen project, using their facilities to deliver training and education until the new facility at Barclay Park Pavilion is complete.
 
"We're delighted to bring them on board as yet another local partner, working with the project to improve the life chances young people in the area.
 
"This project has already shown the positive impact it can have and with further support from Buchanhaven Hearts even more young people can continue to benefit from it."
 
Graeme Mackie of Buchanhaven Hearts JFC added: “We were already aware of the positive work being done in the community by the PeterDeen project, particularly the opportunities being offered to young people who may benefit from an alternative approach to education.

“When we heard the project was looking for a temporary base, as a community minded club we were very happy to be able to step in and offer this and we look forward to being a part of PeterDeen.”