As part of its Youth Development Programme the Rotary Club of Oban provided financial support for the cost of Veronica Speirs from Connel visiting Malawi and Zambia for four weeks as a Rugby coach volunteer under the auspices of the Bhubesi Pride Foundation which supports sports activities in developing countries.
Veronica is seen here with Rotary President Iain Mac Intyre and Rotarian Walter Burton
As part of its Youth Development Programme the Rotary Club of Oban provided financial support for three Oban High School youngsters to visit Perpignan in France as part of the Glasgow Thistle summer Rugby Training Camp. The three boys selected - Angus Neil, Tommy McQuade and Ross McCaskill - are seen here in Glasgow Airport prior to their departure.
The three boys from Oban were part of a group of 35 students selected from schools across the West of Scotland and attended several training sessions in Glasgow prior to their two week stint in Perpignan which involved intensive rugby training and individual assessment supported by professional grade coaches and facilities . The boys were allowed, however, time to visit local historic sites in Perpignan and Carcassonne and each received a National 5 Qualification in Sports Coaching and Leadership.
Having completed their time at Oban High School Jamie Jordan and Katie Houston are to embark on experiencing enhancing trips abroad.
Jamie will go to Malaysia for 12 months with Project Trust, the well known Coll based charity, to be a teaching assistant.
Katie, under the auspices of Raleigh International, another charity providing support for developing countries, is to spend 10 weeks in Costa Rica working voluntary on several projects which include improving water supplies/sanitation and building projects relating to local schools, libraries and medical centres.
Jamie and Katie have raised the bulk of their funding themselves but both are seen here with Rotary President Iain Mac Intyre receiving cheques for £500 towards their costs.
Jamie and Katie will go on to university on their return home.
Also in the picture is Am-Am Convener, David Mudie
As part of its continuing support for local Youth Activities, Oban Rotary President Tommy McQuade is seen here presenting Kennie Gray, who attends OHS, with a cheque for £500 as a contribution towards his overall costs of £2,000 to cover his attending a three week super rugby course in NewZealand.
Kennie is one of only 12 youngsters selected from the UK to attend this course which is a pathway in New Zealand towards achieving the world famous "All Blacks" national team.
We wish Kennie well although the plan would be that he eventually plays for Scotland rather than the "All Blacks"!
Also in the picture are Kennie's mum and Dad, Kennie Snr and Debbie.