In 2018, Score Group plc joined forces with NESCol and AFC’s Community Trust to support Abereenshire Council’s pioneering project, PeterDeen. This week, FraserDeen, an extension of the project has been officially launched in Fraserburgh.
Through an innovative and alternative curriculum the scholarship programme aims to transform the lives of young people. Following the success and having seen first-hand the positive impact the project is having on those involved, Score Group has doubled its funding to now total over £4,000.
The young people taking part in FraserDeen will be able to enjoy the benefit of NESCol facilities, the use of the James Ramsay Pavillion in the town, tailored inputs from the Council’s Work With Young People Team, a number of core classes at Fraserburgh Academy and of course the expert coaching and training delivered by AFCCT.
Launching last year, the PeterDeen partnership has already received national recognition, winning the SPFL (Scottish Professional Football League) Trust’s Community Project of the Year Award.
The alternative curriculum allows pupils to continue focus on core subjects such as Maths and English, while also including alternative activities such as coaching sessions and improving skills for life. Pupils participating in the project have seen their school attendance rates rise from below 40% to beyond 90%.
The programme is aimed at new S3 pupils, with last year’s PeterDeen scholars continuing into S4. The initiative aims to encourage pupils to develop a lifelong interest in learning and self-development.
Conrad Ritchie, managing director of Score International Limited explained: “We are delighted to continue our support of Peterdeen and welcome the inclusion of Fraserburgh Academy to this award winning programme. It is important that we identify those that require a different approach within mainstream education. Everyone deserves the chance to maximise their potential and Fraserdeen will allow this to happen.”