A young community care worker who coaches sport in her spare time has become the latest recipient of the Neil Martin Honour Trophy.
Jessica Macleod from Strond currently lives and works in Stornoway and was described as ‘a fantastic all-rounder’ by her nominator for the annual award.
Now 22 years old, Jessica was a member of the Western Isles Women’s Football Team, silver medallists in the Island Games in Guernsey in July.
As well as playing football, Jessica coaches a junior girls’ team in Stornoway and is a badminton coach, herself playing for the Lewis and Harris badminton team.
In addition to her sporting commitments, Jessica finds time to volunteer as a crew member of the RNLI Leverburgh Lifeboat.
Her nominator said: “Jessica is a fantastic all-rounder when it comes to volunteering in the community and puts in an above-average amount of time to participating in a variety of endeavours.
“Jessica gives a huge amount of time to voluntary commitment, not just with the RNLI but with sport and in particular children’s sports. The groups she is associated with are very lucky to have her, and so are the users.”
The Neil Martin Honour Trophy is awarded annually to the young person or group judged to have brought honour to the Isle of Harris through their own endeavours and achievements.
Accepting her award, Jessica said: “I feel very honoured to have my name added to the 32 previous recipients of this prestigious and long-standing award.
“I believe that Neil Martin excelled at badminton in the old Lewis and Harris League where he played into his seventies. He was also a passionate supporter and sponsor of Harris FC as well as a long serving supporter of Stornoway Athletic FC.
“It is with great pleasure that I accept this Trophy.”
Nominations are now invited for the 2024 Award. People or groups up to the age of 25 who have brought credit to themselves or the community and who have Harris connections are eligible to be considered.
Further information and a nomination form is available from Donald Martin, e-mail
The pictures show Jessica (centre) receiving the trophy from Alasdair Macaskill of Aignish, a great grandnephew of the late Neil Martin, at a recent football coaching session at Lewis Sports Centre, in team strip for the WIIGA women’s football team and aboard the RNLI Leverburgh lifeboat.