Following on from the London celebrations for our inaugural BAFA Hall of Fame inductions in March, BAFA hosted a smaller event recently in Glasgow to present Scottish inductees Scott Couper and the family of Alan Wilson (RIP) with their awards.
Held on Thursday 21 April at Committee Room No 9 in Glasgow, the evening was a chance for some long overdue catch ups. Over 50 people were in attendance to celebrate the long lasting impact of the inductees on our game.
Scott, a talented wide receiver who started his career with the Glasgow Lions, was selected for NFL Europe’s Scottish Claymores team where he had a successful nine year career. Alan was a much loved youth coach and highly respected BAFRA official. Such is the esteem that he is held in, that BAFRA make an annual award in his name.
As well as laughter and storytelling, there were fond tears as touching tributes were paid to Alan, whose award was collected by his three children Deborah, Craig and Kyle. This included a video sent over from former NFL Quarterback and Super Bowl Champion Brad Johnson in memory of the Glasgow Tigers Youth team’s trip to Tampa Bay Buccaneers led by Alan, you can watch the video here.
BAFA CEO Pete Ackerley was there to hand over the awards. He commented: “It was a pleasure to come up to Scotland to present these awards at what was a very special night. This was another fantastic opportunity to pay tribute to the people who are at the roots of our sport, and whose impact continues to be felt to this day.”
A special thank you to Richard Lundy Photography, Matthew Davies, William Clark, Stevie McCusker, Dean Jardine and Henry Richardson for their help with the organisation and delivery of the event.