Our Academy is looking to raise money for Alzheimer Scotland in honour of Jim McLean

Published: 2nd February 2021

Given the current situation the country finds itself in once again, Our Academy is about to embark on another lockdown programme at home and we are looking at ways to continue to engage our players physically and mentally during this period.

To honour the passing of legendary manager Jim McLean, and to help raise funds in awareness for Alzheimer Scotland, Our Academy is looking for each age group team to complete a walk, run or cycle challenge to reach the distance of 1983km collectively over a four-week period starting on the 1st February – 28th February. 

A Go-Fund me page has been setup, linked to Alzheimer Scotland, for fans to donate and help continue to strengthen our relationship with the charity as well as encourage the boys to reach this mammoth goal.

Each player is responsible and accountable in helping their age group team in helping achieve this challenge by all players being physically active in their own time but must record their activity distance through Strava.

To make the challenge competitive, Our Academy coaches will look to see which age group can complete the challenge distance in the quickest time possible within the four-week period.

Our Academy recognises its responsibility to maintain and develop all players personal well-being during this lockdown period. The welfare of each player is paramount to the success of the individual and Our Academy as a whole. Everything that we will be doing is to keep our players and families engaged as much as possible around this challenging situation.

With the players having an increased home-schooling schedule, Our Academy will look to create a balance & consistency through our home programme with a combination of virtual learning, homework tasks & challenges, team-building exercises, player-led presentations, leadership and being physically & mentally engaged to continue their development and return as a better player.