Saltire Energy, a supplier of drilling tools to the offshore oil and gas industry, has donated over 200 Aberdeen Football Club (AFC) shirts to two worthy causes in the city.
Aberdeen Lads Club, an organisation for boys and girls, was presented with 85 shirts for the young people who attend the Club’s After School Club, for young people aged five to 12 years, and its two Youth Clubs for young people aged five to 16. It is a voluntary organisation and a registered charity based in the Tillydrone area of Aberdeen. The Club was founded in 1924 to promote the moral, social and physical wellbeing of young people, particularly in deprived areas of the city.
A further 150 shirts were given to AFC Community Trust (AFCCT) School Holiday Programme, which provides one day coaching events to primary school pupils, aged five to 12, from schools in deprived areas.
Saltire Energy is dedicated to supporting the local community in which it operates and has invested considerably in projects both locally within Aberdeen but also internationally through the company’s Saltire in the Community programme, which was established in 2008.
The company strongly believes in providing potentially life changing opportunities for disadvantaged young people in the community, which they would not have had otherwise. In particular, the company is keen to support initiatives which benefit young people.
Mike Loggie, Chief Executive of Saltire Energy, said: “Aberdeen Lads Club continues to carry out impressive work with the young people and the residents in and around the Tillydrone area – it is nice for our company to be able to give the young people a well-deserved gift. The Youth Clubs have given the local young people somewhere to socialise with their friends in an environment that is safe and welcoming, which is very important.”
Angie Johnston, Aberdeen Lads Club Manager, said: “Aberdeen Lads Club aims to work with young people who have low personal and social skills and who are at risk of exclusion through antisocial behaviour, lifestyle choices or lack of opportunities. The young people are so delighted with their AFC shirts and we are very grateful to Saltire Energy for the company’s kind donation.
“The Club aims to make contact and to provide advice, education and support to the most vulnerable and hard to reach families in the area. Our Youth Clubs offer opportunities for personal growth through which young people can develop life skills, confidence and self-esteem. We aim to provide ways for young people to express their views and be heard while offering support to young people through the transitions they experience in moving from childhood to adulthood. We are delighted that Saltire Energy considered our organisation.”
Ally Prockter, Chief Executive of AFC Community Trust, said: “This is a fantastic gesture by Saltire Energy which clearly demonstrates a commitment by AFC’s new sponsor to support both the football and community aspects of the club.
“AFC Community Trust has been set up as a standalone charity to provide support and opportunity to local communities, especially those in need of a bit of extra help. The Trust is delighted to be able to deliver some football programmes free of charge this summer, as we are committed to enabling far more participation in sport and of course allowing children to just enjoy themselves.
“The donation of brand new AFC shirts to all the young people taking part is an added bonus. Saltire Energy’s donation will go a long way to making this summer an unforgettable one for most of these kids. Quite simply, Saltire Energy has helped make a good community initiative even better. AFC Community Trust is delighted to be working alongside Saltire Energy.”
Through its Saltire in the Community programme, Saltire Energy currently supports a variety of initiatives including substantial donations to the Aquatics Centre and children’s charity, Befriend a Child. Many students have also benefitted from the scholarships Saltire Energy has funded at Aberdeen University. On an international level, the company stepped in to provide the further support required to complete the build of the Good Shepherd School in Phuket.