A new partnership aimed at giving north-east pupils a unique learning experience has been launched.
Aberdeen Football Club, along with Peterhead Football Club, have introduced the initiative which is being led by Aberdeenshire Council.
The PeterDeen programme will see 18 S3 pupils from the Peterhead catchment area take part in a different curriculum for the next school year.
The pupils will take part in coaching sessions, spend time with third sector providers, take vocational qualifications, all while also completing core subjects such as English and maths in school.
Aberdeen FC Community Trust and Peterhead-based Score Group are supporting the new partnership.
Gillian Owen, Aberdeenshire Council’s education and children’s service chairwoman, said: “PeterDeen is a truly inspirational and innovative initiative which aims to upskill young people in Peterhead through direct experience in the worlds of sport and employment.
“I very much hope it is a win-win for Aberdeenshire Council and the partners involved in PeterDeen, and for Peterhead too. I am sure other councils in Scotland and further afield will be interested in seeing how this unique approach develops.”
Participants have been identified through an assessment process and were chosen because it is expected they will benefit from an alternative curriculum to ensure they develop the skills for learning, life and work which they might not otherwise achieve.
The project aims to deliver a curriculum through which students will be encouraged to celebrate their own achievements and develop as independent, responsible and creative young people.
Nat Porter, the community liaison officer for Peterhead FC, said: “This is exciting for us in a number of ways.
“It is an excellent opportunity to work with the partners to find a new way of supporting local young people and shows what can be achieved when we all have the same ambition.
“It is also the first time we have worked together with Aberdeen FC. I wish all of the young people taking part the very best of luck.”
PeterDeen was launched yesterday at Peterhead FC’s Balmoor Stadium by Provost Bill Howatson.
He said: “There are always cases where one size does not fit all, and education is no different.
“There are a number of pupils who may benefit from a new approach.”