An Ellon lad who hopes to become a professional rugby player is spending his summer holidays working with a group to tidy up the town.
Ellon Community Council were recently granted £1000 of funding from Aberdeenshire Council’s Tidy Village Scheme 2014.
Ellon Civic Pride and the community council selected local rugby player, Matthew Emmison to work as the town orderly over the next three weeks as well as a contractor to cut grass areas around the town to top up the work done by the council.
Matthew, 17, recently returned from training camp in Spain with the Scotland under 17 squad and started work last week.
He said: “I saw on Ellon Community Council’s Facebook page that they were looking for people and decided to do it as I have some free time.
“After that I will be doing a modern apprenticeship as a rugby coach around schools for a year.”
Matthew, who has been playing rugby since he was aged 3 said that he aims to play for the Under 20s in two years time but has a back-up plan of studying social work at college before obtaining a degree from university.
Gary Thomson of Civic pride said: “We are delighted to work again with the community council as part of the Tidy Village scheme.
“Mathews’s efforts will make a difference to the town which has a number of neglected areas that are in need of attention.”