Boost for Shetland sport from new partnership

Photo caption: SIC Active Schools team with Shetland FM Recreation and Welfare staff. From left: Linda Thomson, Clark Denby, Lesley Spence, James Johnston, Dominic Mann, Liam Tait, David Mann, Danny Peterson, Jacqui Murray, Louise Johnson and Sanna Aitken.

SIC Active Schools team with Shetland FM Recreation and Welfare staff. From left: Linda Thomson, Clark Denby, Lesley Spence, James Johnston, Dominic Mann, Liam Tait, David Mann, Danny Peterson, Jacqui Murray, Louise Johnson and Sanna Aitken.

Community and school sport in Shetland are set to be enhanced by a unique partnership between a local company and the local authority.

Under the first agreement of its kind, staff from facilities company Shetland FM will become volunteers in Shetland Islands Council’s Active Schools and Sports Development programmes.

It will help create more opportunities for children to take part in extra-curricular sport and physical activities across Shetland as well as support club sport with volunteers at events throughout the year.

Dominic Mann, Shetland FM Recreation and Welfare Manager, said: “We’re really excited to have signed this partnership agreement with Shetland Islands Council’s Sport and Leisure Service.

“As a company we have a very strong community focus and as part of our commitment to the welfare of everyone who crosses our threshold we are passionate about sport and recreation.

“We have a really strong recreation team based at Sella Ness and everybody will be delighted to contribute to raising the bar for sport in Shetland.”

James Johnston, Active Schools Manager with Shetland Islands Council, said: “This partnership is a unique arrangement which will create additional opportunities for children to get active and will support community sport events and club activity.

“We are looking forward to having Shetland FM working alongside our staff as coaches, helpers, referees and events assistants using their skills to develop grassroots sport across the isles.”

The activities will be co-ordinated by the Active Schools team who are working to create after school activities, school sport events, festivals and leadership opportunities across Shetland schools.

It is expected that staff from Shetland FM will also assist with club activities in sports where they hold a qualification or certificate and this will be co-ordinated by the SIC’s Sports Development Officer, Clark Denby, who is aware of the volunteering needs of clubs and the areas where support would be most beneficial.

Already, a number of sports have indicated a need for coaches, marshals, event administrators and planning is already underway to deploy staff.

A range of community groups and sports clubs have already benefited from financial support from Shetland FM.

The company, which provides facilities support services at the Sella Ness accommodation site, the Shetland Gas Plant and Viewforth in Lerwick, has sponsored the Shetland Gymnastics Club, the Shetland Football squad attending the NatWest Island Games in Jersey, the Shetland Hockey Team and Lerwick Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

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