Local firm provides valuable ‘assist’ to Kemnay pupils

Keith Machray and Stephen Clement of Morrison Construction who presented the sponsored strips to PE teacher Sarah O'Brien and Head Teacher Dr Charlie Hunter
Keith Machray and Stephen Clement of Morrison Construction who presented the sponsored strips to PE teacher Sarah O'Brien and Head Teacher Dr Charlie Hunter

Pupils playing for Kemnay Academy’s basketball teams are donning brand new strips following support from Morrison Construction Building North East.

The local contractor’s donation was welcomed by the school at a time when the sport has become of great interest within the school. This is due in part to Sarah O’Brien, a PE teacher at the Academy, who is currently a member of the National Ladies Basketball squad - her enthusiasm for the sport she excels in has transmitted to the pupils.

Sarah said, “We are extremely grateful to Morrison Construction for their very generous sponsorship. It has allowed to us to give the pupils within the team a greater sense of identity and group pride as we now have our own Kemnay Academy set.

“We now are able to provide a greater number of pupils with strips suitable to them and hopefully moving forward into next year we will continue to grow with numbers and put our new strips to good use as we compete in local friendlies and national competitions.

“We massively appreciate the support from local businesses here at the Academy as without their help it would be very difficult to finance this equipment. Thank you again from all here at Kemnay Academy Basketball club.”

Keith Machray, Pre-Construction Director, Morrison Construction Building North East, said, “Kemnay Academy do an amazing job with their pupils, giving them a chance to exercise, learn new skills and work as a team.

“The basketball team is an important focal point for pupils in the school, encouraging them to channel their energy into sport and developing qualities such as leadership, cooperation and personal responsibility.

“We’re delighted and very proud to be supporting them with a brand new set of kit.

“It’s important to us to go beyond delivering quality projects and to honour our pledge to invest in the community too. We will be cheering on the team this season!”

Started in April 2013 and completed in February 2015, Morrison Construction recently formally handed over the new teaching accommodation at Kemnay Academy which provides additional teaching and recreational space, along with the refurbishment of the existing building.