Alan ‘darts’ to victory in hero awards

Alan Soutar wins an RBS Scotland's Real Heroes award in a televised show.

Alan Soutar wins an RBS Scotland's Real Heroes award in a televised show.

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The founder of Arbroath’s darts academy has hit the bullseye after being named ‘Sporting Volunteer of the Year’ in a televised awards ceremony.

Alan Soutar, who runs the Angus Darts Academy in the CAFE Project, was nominated for the accolade in the RBS Scotland’s Real Heroes series on STV.

He was up against two other sporting volunteers and viewers were asked to vote for who they thought deserved to win on the STV website.

On Friday, Alan was revealed as the ‘Sporting Volunteer of the Year’, much to the delight of friend Matthew Innes, who nominated him for the award.

Matthew told the Herald: “I’m glad the people of Arbroath rallied behind Angus Darts Academy and Alan’s nomination, The ‘sporting volunteer’ category received the highest volume of votes and I think that’s a credit to the town.

“I was delighted when they announced the result, there will be a lot of happy youngsters at the Academy I’m sure and for darts to pip football to the post, it just shows you the recognition Alan has earned in Arbroath and amongst the darts community.”

But not only has the show boosted the academy, but also the plight of their base the CAFE Project, which is struggling to survive.

Matthew added: “It was great to see the positive impact that the show and the awards has had in providing exposure for the CAFE Project used by Angus Darts Academy and other community groups.

“Just the other weekend, they organised a 12 hour darts marathon and managed to raise over £3,500 in funds to prevent its closure for a while longer.”