TClub – Special Needs Tuesday Club

TClub – Special Needs Tuesday Club

We are delighted to support the TClub and its efforts to provide inclusive events and activities in a safe environment for individuals with learning difficulties, their peers, carers and family residing in the Buchan area as they do great work and have such a positive impact in developing social inclusivity.

We invited 20 members and carers of the The “Special Needs The Tuesday Club” (also known as the “TClub” or “Tuesday Club”) to our home game against Dumbarton on Saturday 4th May to cheer on the team and great fun was had be all as they helped back the Bloon Toon to a fine 2–1 victory.

If you require further information on the T-Club, they meet every Tuesday evening between 18:30 to 20:30pm at The Buchanhaven Hearts Social Club, Victoria Street, Peterhead and can be contacted here:

email: – TClub@outlook.com

webpage www.T-Club.uk

Facebook:- tclub.specialneedstuesdayclub

Ukranian Yurii loses weight but gains friends

Ukranian Yurii loses weight but gains friends

FFIT is not just “Football Fans in Training” but “Football Friends in training”

When Yurii Shein’s family were re-located to Peterhead from Ukraine two years ago and he joined them in December 2023, they found integrating into the local community challenging. It had been a turbulent time having to leave their homeland in such difficult circumstances and although they did have a basic grasp of English, learning the local Doric dialect was not easy and they initially struggled to make friends and socialise. Having seen an advert for FFIT on Facebook and being someone that had always kept themselves fairly fit and played football, Yurii was keen to give it a go. Coming along to the first session was daunting but Natty Porter and Steven Chalmers who run the programme made him feel instantly welcome and at ease and he says that he loved coming along to Balmoor every week to catch up with all his new fitness friends, from Yurii:

“Although I have always played and loved football, I learnt so much more about nutrition and lifestyle changes that can affect the way that you feel. Coming along each week got me out and about and it was great to integrate with others and feel part of a community again. It has been such a difficult two years for us that it was something positive to focus on getting together with like-minded people who all wanted to live a healthier life”.

The Peterhead FC Foundation were delighted to invite Yurii along to Balmoor for the last league game of the season so that our Club Chaplian Neil Cameron could present him with a PFC strip to show our friendship and solidarity as we know that we have found new PFC fans in Yurii and his family.

Football Fans in Training (FFIT) is a free weight loss program run in association with the SPFL Trust as a way of incentivising overweight men and womern to attend weight management groups by giving them behind-the-scenes access to Peterhead football club.

FFIT is delivered by our community coaches Nat Porter and Stephen Chalmers to men and women aged 35-65 who are obese, or at high risk of becoming obese. They attend 12 weekly sessions at Balmoor Stadium to learn useful skills and techniques to help them improve their levels of physical activity and diet. Each meeting involves time in the classroom and also a training session with the coaches. Once the 12 sessions end, each participant receives regular reminder emails and attend a reunion session at the club 9 months after they began FFIT.

Peterhead FC Community Coach Nat porter stated “FFIT enables the participants to make positive changes to their health and the football club is a great setting for weight management and other health initiatives.

Participants really enjoyed being with others like them, with a shared interest in football and similar health issues to address. They loved having the opportunity to spend time at the club, using parts of the stadium they couldn’t ordinarily access. And doing that journey together has demonstrated real impactful results in significant weight loss and to help keep it off long-term.”

If you’d like to take part in the next FFIT programme, contact Nat Porter or email  info@pfccf.co.uk or via the Peterhead FC Community Foundation website www.pfccf.co.uk  or the SPFL Trust on SPFL Trust | Football Fans in Training

Volunteering at PFCCF

Volunteering at PFCCF

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.

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Health & Wellbeing Day

Women’s Wellness Event – “A Pause and a Piece”

Part of the Peterhead FC Community Foundation’s mission is to promote community services which support our mental health and wellbeing.

The Grampian Wellbeing Festival (nhsgrampian.org) has, for the past eight years, been organised to support our health and wellbeing services and raise awareness in our communities through running free activities and events which promote and support this.

PFCCF are pleased to announce a Women’s Wellbeing Club event – “A Pause and a Piece” – which will be held on Tuesday 14th May from 10am to 12pm/6pm to 8pm at Balmoor Stadium.

A Pause and a Piece” will be a gathering for anyone who is, or thinks they are, experiencing perimenopause, menopause, post-menopause in an accessible, respectful, and confidential space. We will be discussing natural remedies in this first session which may help navigate and support you on your journey.

If you have any questions or require more information, please get in touch with us by e-mailing Kim at: holding.space@outlook.com

Thank you for your support!

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