By Joanne Warnock
Football coach Len Nicol was named a local hero when he represented his constituency at the opening of the new session at the Scottish Parliament.
The Dyce Boys Club stalwart was one of 129 people who were nominated by their constituency MSPs to attend the start of a new parliamentary session at Holyrood on Saturday.
Mark McDonald MSP for Donside was asked to nominate one of his constituents in recognition of the important work they do to help others or their community.
Mark said: “Len has been asked to attend as my local hero because of his decades of service to youth football in Aberdeen as a key member of the Dyce Boys Club set up.
“Len also organised a walking football tournament in the aftermath of suffering a stroke to help raise £8,000 for the stroke unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
“Len’s record of giving back to the wider community makes him a true local hero.”
Len and his wife Norma got the ‘full tour’ from Mark, Len said: “It was brilliant. Mark took a lot of time to show us around. We’d never seen it all before.”
Former Cover Rangers player Len has coached for Dyce Boys Club since 1980, he said:
“The coaching just happened as I got too old to keep playing.”
Len recently suffered a stroke which saw him spending time the Aberdeen Infirmary’s stroke unit, it was then he came up with a fundraising idea:
“As I was getting better, I’d go for a walk around the ward, but they didn’t have enough chairs for everyone.
“I thought it would be nice to have had a chair to sit on, so I decided to raise some money for a couple of chairs.”
“We had a walking football tournament, for the more mature man! It raised £8,000 and provided plenty of extra chairs for the ward. Gladly, I haven’t needed to go back and use any of them!”