Every child deserves the right to play


Please see the following statement from the group responsible for the fundraising for the new wheelchair swing currently being installed in Alford Play Park.

” Three years ago a group of friends decided to raise money to purchase a wheelchair accessible swing in Alford Play Park.

Children and young adults with special needs or a disability can often feel excluded from mainstream society.

As there was no disabled play equipment in our local community we welcomed an opportunity to fund-raise to provide the Alford play park with a wheelchair accessible swing that would benefit children and young adults in the community and surrounding areas.

Play parks should be accessible and available for everybody to use, yet for many disabled children the simple pleasure of using a swing, which should be part of everybody’s childhood, has been denied.

Like all children, disabled children have the right to learn and have fun through play.

The swing that is now being installed in the Alford play park is an Ability Swing that will be enclosed and can only be accessed by an access key, preventing entry to anyone except wheelchair users and their carers.

We raised £14,700 and this money has been donated to Aberdeenshire council, going towards the purchase and installation of the new swing.

We would be grateful if you could take a minute to discuss the importance of this project with your child and to reiterate how beneficial this swing will be for the disabled children and young adults in our community and that this is for the sole use of wheelchair users as we would wish to avoid the swing being vandalised or misused through a lack of understanding.”

For the safety of future users of the swing, please do not use or move the equipment until the security fence has been removed.  This will allow the foundations to fully harden.

A video of this type of swing in action can be found below.

ability swing vimeo from Jason Jones on Vimeo.


Senior boys football

The senior boys went down 1-0 to a very tough and well drilled Inverurie team in the quarter-final of the North of Scotland cup. The teams were very evenly matched and there was little to choose between the sides.

The Alford team had the better of the first half but couldn’t continue this into the second half. Things were tight and a single goal was looking likely to be decisive and it proved to be. The visitors scoring in the 68th minute from a near post header off a corner.

The home team pushed for an equaliser but the visitors defence stood strong and things ended 1-0.

All the very best to Inverurie in their Semi-final.

The silver lining is that the Alford team still have their JM LOW cup final to look forward to, likely to be an evening kickoff (7pm) on March 29th, venue to be confirmed soon. Many thanks to the players for the efforts and commitment over the season and to the many supporters who have turned out week after week to get behind the team.

Kwik-Fit Apprentice

KWIK FIT – Apprentice Auto Technician



Our Apprentices

are the future of our business. As an apprentice on our fast paced, two year Apprentice programme you will learn all of the skills to become a top Autocare Technician with a fantastic range of future career options ahead of you.

It goes without saying that you will have a keen interest in cars and everything associated with them, but you need much more than that. All of our centres run as individual teams, so being a team player is absolutely essential, and people will rely on you to be there to support the team and get involved in everything that goes on in the centre. That will mean cleaning and sometimes painting your centre to make sure our customers get a great experience

You need to be determined to succeed, many of our former Apprentices quickly progress to more senior positions, we will be there to help you every step of the way, but you have to be prepared to work hard to achieve your goals, that will include working to improve your abilities in English and Maths too, are you up for it?

So, if that sounds like you, and you want the best apprenticeship in the industry and you are prepared to work hard and have real determination to succeed you may be just what we are looking for.

‘its all about our world class service’

We are looking for;

    • A real desire to learn as much as possible about Cars and the Autocare sector of the Motor Industry.
    • Self-motivated, willing and able to take responsibility for your own learning and study.
    • A Team player. You will be someone who will always go the extra mile to support your team to show our customers that We Care and give them great service.
    • Be resilient. Someone who sticks with a task even when things are not going to plan, and won’t quit if you have a bad day.
    • Be honest, punctual and reliable.
    • Seeking a Career, not a Job.
  • Is this you…?
  • If you answered ‘yes’ then where will your journey take you?


  • Working in one of our centres as an Apprentice means that you will be learning every day; many of our Apprentices become everyday heroes, supporting their team and saving the day for our customers. Our drive to be the best means that we need to provide a fast, efficient service with high quality being the priority.
  • Our Apprentices are at the heart of everything we do, that’s why we provide the very best Apprenticeship in the industry. Ofsted grade us as Outstanding in every area of our programme. As one of our elite apprentices, you will have real opportunities to take your career to a whole new level upon completion of your programme. This is why training is high on our agenda; we have state of the art training academies as well as a 24/7 online learning facility to ensure our Apprentices become the best in the industry.
  • We might be a large, National Company but our centres are a real part of the local community. There’s a real friendly, down to earth family feel where life-long friendships are made.
  • If you want to know more ring 0333 020 0500

Employment support – SDS

Leaving school this summer and looking for an apprenticeship, training or employment?


We would like to invite you to a meeting in the Library on Wednesday 15th March at 13.10 – 14.00 We will have information and advice about Modern Apprenticeships, Training and Employment Opportunities.

  • Who to apply to
  • When  to apply
  • How to apply
  • Help with application forms
  • CV’s
  • Covering Letters
  • Interview Skills
  • Lots more.
  • You can receive our weekly job bulletin and find out about employment in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Come along and have a chat to us.


We hope to see you there.



Linda Johnston (Careers Adviser, SDS)



Linda Johnston

Careers Adviser


lIII Skills Development Scotland

Office Tel:           01467 623623   Mobile 07557190081

Address: Careers Scotland Centre, The Garioch Centre, Constitution St, Inverurie AB51 4UY


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Senior Boys Football success

The Alford lads have booked their place in the JM LOW City and Shire final after a fantastic win at home against a competitive Mearns Academy team.

The home team started the brighter and were on top when Mearns were awarded a soft free kick out on the right hand side. With an excellent ball played in, the Mearns number 9 was unmarked and headed in a strong finish after 12 minutes. The teams came in at 1-0 to the visitors despite Alford having the best of the half.

After a discussion  with the captains,  a change of positions for Millar, Hunter and Riach at half-time helped to bring a better balance to the team. The change in shape paid off with Alford piling on the pressure. Riach in particular was turning the screw on the visitors left back.

The equaliser came with a fantastic through ball from Reid to Riach, who finished with precision into the far left hand corner from 12 yards out, with 66 minutes gone.

The tie turned on its head as the home team pushed for the lead their overall play deserved. They didn’t have to wait long as some dirty skills out on the wing from Reid had the full back in knots. The ball into the box was begging for a finish which was duly dispatched by Grant with a sublime first time side-foot into the far left hand corner in 72 minutes.

The Alford lads dominated the remainder of the game and now look forward to the final against Fraserburgh. Venue to be decided, but hopefully an evening game to allow for a big support. Coach McEwan will be back for this game!

Local football success

Local S3 pupil, Brodie Ross, has been picked up by SPL side Dundee FC after impressing in recent trial matches. He will be signed on a pro youth contract.

Brodie has been prolific over the past seasons scoring a remarkable 216 in 3 seasons for Donside juvenile FC, before moving on to Culter juvenile FC this season.  His fantastic scoring record has continued as he has scored 38 goals in 21 games for Culter in the highly competitive and tough Aberdeen and Shire U15 A league. The local A league is regarded as one of the toughest in Scotland.

Brodie’s fantastic achievements have been recognised at National level where he has been selected and played twice for the Scotland U15 squad.

Congratulations to Brodie and family on signing up for this next exciting chapter in his football development.