One of the most impressively-run organisations in Britball, the Highland Wildcats have built their success off the back of not only the incredibly talented young ballers Scotland has to offer, but also an amazingly hardworking volunteer staff.
This year, to reward a number of their young volunteers, the Highland Wildcats worked with the US Consulate in Edinburgh to arrange an amazing once-in-a-lifetime trip Stateside for some of the outstanding young people involved in making their programme such a great Britball success story.
Colin Hamilton, Ally Gibson and Joshua Fox were rewarded for their contributions to the Wildcats with a jam-packed trip of all things Americana – including a visit to the City of Inverness (in Florida!), a rodeo, and of course a trip to the Pro Bowl in Camping World Stadium, yesterday.
Wildcats GM, Robbie Paulin, told us a bit about how the trip came about, and the outstanding work of the young volunteers that earned the amazing experience:
“With 2018 being the year of young people, we wanted to reward young volunteers at the Blitz Awards. These three guys fit the bill perfectly having given up their time to help younger players over multiple seasons and being the heart of our organisation.
Joshua coaches on both Saturdays and Sundays and headed up our youth development team this year. Colin has been volunteering for years as a coach but he’s also willing to do any role to help out the team. Ally is developing into one of our main coaches and is respected by all the players.”
The trip was made possible thanks to the Wildcats working closely with the US Consulate in Edinburgh, the programme having put together a proposal which included school flag football, coaching and player clinics, transport support and a USA trip, which the programme chose to use as a reward for their young volunteers.
Alongside the obvious once-in-a-lifetime experience of the NFL Pro Bowl, the trip also included a visit to the Highlanders’ sister-city of Inverness, Florida, where the team were treated as honoured guests and welcomed by city leaders.