Volunteering at PFCCF

May 5, 2024

Could you become a PFC Community Foundation Volunteer?

Ian Kennedy and Steven Chalmers have been volunteering for Nat Porter as Youth and Community Coaches for a number of years now, hear their stories…

👉Ian is a familiar face around Balmoor as not only has he been a long-time fan supporting the team from his academy days, but he also helps with coaching and children’s parties as well as being our club representative for the “Kit For All” initiative. This initiative was started to improve access to sport and physical activity for young people from deprived backgrounds and as we have a “Drop box” here at Peterhead Football Club, Ian volunteered to take over management of all the kit donated to ensure that it is delivered to those that will benefit from it the most. Ian became involved with the club through his working partnership with fellow football coach and volunteer Steven Chalmers as he’d heard about the popularity of the coaching sessions and knew the benefits of engaging youngsters in sport having spent 16 years coaching football at Clerkhill and 6 years with the Peterhead Boys Club. He has now become well known around Balmoor as someone who gets on with everyone and treats everyone as family to make them feel at ease. He has said that the reason he likes to help is that he loves the people and doing something worthwhile within the community, his only minor gripe being the Balmoor weather – our very own Arctic microclimate is not for everyone!

👉Steven started volunteering at the club in 2005 as a match day Steward, then for a short spell as PA announcer in the old booth in front of the away stand. In 2009 he approached the SFA regional coordinator about offering to help with coaching in the local area and was told to contact the PFC youth coach who was at the club at that time and the rest as they say, is history! As one of our longest serving volunteers, Steven is well known not only within the club but also in the wider community as a committed youth coach who also helps with the many initiatives run by Peterhead Football Club. Finding someone willing to devote their time to not only the club that they support but also to helping coach and mentor others is a rarity and Natty echoes this sentiment as he knows first-hand the loyalty shown stating that “in all 120 FFIT sessions run by PFC over 10 programmes helping others to achieve their fitness goals, Steven has not missed a single session”.

When asked what he enjoys about the role he plays at PFC, Steven has said that “I love supporting the local area with the various community projects which the club are involved with; Holiday coaching camps, Birthday & Group parties on a match day, Football Fans In Training, Kit for All, Festive Friends, Football Memories, just being Natty’s sidekick. It’s great hearing the positive feedback from parents whose kids attend the club’s holiday camps & Match Day parties, also seeing the kids enjoy themselves while playing football. A special moment that I had while working within the community, was when the club were delivering Christmas care boxes as part of Festive Friends, I went to deliver one of the boxes to a lady, who upon receiving the package, started to cry with appreciation of the kind thought.”

It is people like Steven and Ian who are the heart of a local club like PFC and the Community Foundation and we know just how incredibly lucky we are to have them dedicate their time to helping us create a stronger, happier community within the town.

If you would like to become a PFCCF volunteer then please email us info@pfcgf.co.uk or pop into our Balmoor office for a chat – we’d love you to join us.