Links Park Community Trust says it will be focusing on getting the community healthy with the appointment of its new health officer.
The trust is managed by former Montrose Academy pupil Peter Davidson. Following several years as a lecturer in Sport, Health and Exercise at Angus College and Inverness College respectively, Peter has also assumed the role of Head of Sports Science at both Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC and Dundee United FC.
He said: “For those who have heard about the Links Park Community Trust (LPCT), there may be a perception that this is the relatively new organisation responsible for providing our local children with a ‘kick-about’ on a Saturday morning.
“Those ‘in the know’ however will be very aware of the difference LPCT are making to the lives of those across all sections of our community.
“When LPCT launched in 2012, with its ambitious goal of ‘using sport, but in particular football, to inspire change’ few would have predicted the rate at which they have developed and the measureable impact they are now making.”
Across each of its three strands, being sport, education and health, LPCT have developed and are now delivering an extensive range of innovative programmes.
This summer, LPCT will increase its focus on the area of health, the catalyst of such being awarded funds by the NHS Innovation Fund towards the recruitment of a project officer for health.
Within their sport strand, LPCT say they have engaged with more than 750 children and approximately 100 adults, with their youngest participant being three-years-old and their oldest 70-years-old.
Last year, over more organisations were recognised, at a prestigious Angus Council event, for their contribution to the work of schools. Links Park Community Trust came out on top, picking up the ‘Excellence Award’ due to the success of their educational programmes in raising both educational attainment and achievement.
Douglas Wood, a former local primary-school Head Teacher, and now a Trustee of Links Park Community Trust, said: “Our Links Park health trail, Numeracy Trail, Literacy Trail and Science Trail have proved very popular amongst pupils, and also very effective in raising their interest levels in such areas.
“The projects, which were co-developed with local teaching staff, allow children the opportunity to take on ‘key roles’ for the day, such as a new signing, a commentator or a sports scientist, amongst others.”
“We look forward to supporting a range of organisations in their attempts to improve upon local health inequalities, said Local GP, and LPCT trustee Peter Strachan.
Peter Davidson added: “LPCT benefit from a strong and diverse Board of Trustees, each of whom possess valuable skills and experience, but also a shared passion for our community.
“I am delighted to be able to lead, under the direction of the board and alongside a fantastic team of staff and volunteers, the development of a range of programmes which are designed to address local identified need.”