Dundee Sports Awards 2010
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS - CLASS CLOSURE
All football classes will be cancelled for any public holidays.
For any other class information please contact 01382 438808.
TWIST AND PULSE WORKSHOP - 3 MARCH 2013
The Twist and Pulse workshop is now fully booked! Any payments and consents received from now (1st February) will be posted back to you.
Thank you for your interest.
Douglas Gymnastics:Tuesday Class Still Cancelled
At the age of 6 Connar Cook started hitting golf balls under the wing of then Caird Park professional Jackie Black. Ten years of dedication began then and now at 17, he has reaped great rewards, bringing notice to his club and home city. He has now reached international status and is on the brink of representing Scotland in 2013.
In the last 5 years Connar has achieved more than any other Caird Park GC junior member in history. Results in local events brought him successive Angus County Junior Order of Merit titles at both U14 & U16 levels. He became a regular in Angus County representative teams, competing against the best from other regional sides across the country. So he has been developing until this year, when he really hit the button and gained the notice of the Scottish Boys National team selectors.
His main 2012 achievements include - semi finalist in the Scottish Boys Matchplay championships; victory in Angus County Seniors Strokeplay 36 hole event against the County’s best adult golfers; attainment of plus handicap status; and ‘capping’ it all, selection to the Elite squad for the Boys International side for events in 2013. Connar will now be touring with the squad visiting venues such as Abu Dhabi and South Africa.
Connar has worked hard for everything that’s come to him. He has been dedicated to his sport all his young life with endless time spent practising and competing, gaining experience in events across the country. From the outset, he has remained loyal to his home club Caird Park, staying with us when the norm is that young one with promise is ‘poached’ to other pastures.
As part of a city wide golf initiative, Connar has been selected to be a positive role model for youngsters in the city to help inspire them to taster golf. Connar will act as a golf ambassador for junior development in Dundee, telling his life story to young and aspiring golfers.
Trampoline Classes: Spaces Available!
There is now spaces available in all Trampoline classes across Dundee. Spaces are limited and are given on a first come first served basis. If your child is currently on our waiting list please get in touch to gain your priority space.
Spaces can be confirmed by contacting Graeme Duncan on 01382 436972 or email@example.com
Dundee Hawkhill Harriers Success
The last month was a very successful one for The Hawks with the club being crowned “Impact Club of the Year” at the National Scottish Athletics Awards. The award was accepted on behalf of the club by Catriona Reynolds at the award ceremony which was held in Glasgow on Saturday 27th October. The club was nominated for this award due to their increase in junior members, successful recruitment policy and the continual development of volunteers.
The clubs coaches have also seen success with Nigel Reynolds being shortlisted for “Volunteer of the Year” at the National Scottish Athletics Awards and Dave Combe was awarded “Development Coach of the Year” at the Sports Scotland Awards. Dave (pictured below) gives up countless hours per week to ensure his athletes are continually improving and has done this very successfully over the last year.
Tesco Bank Football Challenge
Children from five local primary schools across Dundee had an amazing afternoon of football and fun at the Tesco Bank Football Challenge Festival on Tuesday (30th October) at Douglas Sports Centre as city football stars Michael Gardyne (Dundee United), Stephen O’Donnell and Kevin McBride (both Dundee) paid a special visit to the 200 participants.
The schools are the latest to have taken part in six weeks of coaching sessions as part of the Scottish FA’s flagship participation programme and are now coming together for a finale to remember.
The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is a four-year community programme run in partnership with the Scottish FA. The project introduces football to Primary two and Primary three children (six to eight years old) across Scotland to help get them engage in a healthy and active lifestyle.
After two years of the programme over 39,000 children (8.7% more than targeted) across 1000 schools in Scotland have been engaged with the country’s leading football participation programme, accounting for more than 40% of the nation’s primary schools.
The Scottish FA led programme was recognised by UEFA, winning a silver grassroots award last season.
Julie Lemon, Head Teacher at Craigiebarns Primary School said:
“It is fantastic to be part of the Tesco Bank Football Challenge. The children had a wonderful day at the Douglas Sports Centre and one I’m sure they will remember for a very long time.”
Dundee United midfielder Michael Gardyne said:
“It was great to see the Tesco Bank Football Challenge and the effect it has on kids. We need to get more children playing the game and initiatives like this can only help.”
Dundee captain Stephen O’Donnell added:
“I had great fun at today’s Tesco Bank Football Challenge. We all love the game and this gives us a great chance to promote it to local kids.”
Football Co-ordinator and festival organiser Niall Nicolson said:
The Tesco Bank Football Challenge continues to grow from strength to strength and we’re pleased to welcome the children to Dundee for a third successive year.”
Adele Mills, Community Investment Manager at Tesco Bank added:
“The Tesco Bank Football Challenge continues to be a huge success. We’re delighted that children in the Dundee area can benefit and carry on being part of a programme that has been recognised by UEFA as outstanding in its field.”
The primary schools attending the festival were: Craigiebarns Primary School, Glebelands Primary School, Claypotts Castle Primary School, Rowantree Primary School and St Vincents Primary School.
Gymnastics and Trampoline- October-December 2012 term time classes
Classes that already operate a pre paid system will continue to do so next term. Classes will run from Monday 22nd October until Saturday 15th December. Below is a pricing structure for each class for next term.
All payments must be made to the lead coach by Friday 2nd November 2012, all cheques should be made out to Leisure and Culture Dundee. If you have any queries please contact Graeme Duncan on 01382 436972 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Volunteer wins Award
Ritchie Higgins has achieved the Saltire Summit Award for his outstanding contribution to volunteering with Sports Development. This achievement is only awarded when a volunteer has not only complete the Ascent (200 hours), but has also exceeded expectations. In addition to Ritchie developing his sports coaching ability, he has also gone through personal development by improving his confidence, communication and organisational skills.
Criminal Cash Injection for Community Sport Hub's!
4 local Community Sport Hub's received a cash injection last week through national funding project "Sports Facility Payback Money". Dundee North West Community Sports Club, West End Sports & Heritage Association, Dundee East Community Club & Craigie Community Sports Hub were awarded a combined amount of £139,000 to develop their local facilities. The money will be used to develop the individual facilities which the hub's currently use for changing, training and meeting rooms, these facilities are in need of renovation and refurbishment and this money will go along way to ensuring the Hub's have more user friendly facilities to run their hub's from. The 4 facilities which will directly benefit will be Riverside & Charlotte Street Pavilion, Whitton Park and 2 derelict butcher shops that will be transferred into luxury changing rooms and a social gymnasium for activity sessions.
Quote from Steven Maloney (chairman of Craigie CSH): "We expect an increase in membership to the teams affiliated to our hub but more importantly than the individual clubs benefiting the wider community will benefit from a facility that can be utilised during the day for a number of activities that will keep them fit and healthy"
The money is raised through the proceeds of crime recovered by Scottish Government. The money is then shared out Regionally and there was an estimated £375,000 available regionally from which Dundee has managed to secure £139,000 from our coordinated bid. The work will be carried out through the local Criminal Justice Team who will use skilled tradesman an will use offenders on community service orders to complete all the labour intensive work with each of the refurbishments. The work is scheduled to be carried out between October 2012 and March 2013.
We will upload some before and after shots from each facility in due course.
Summer of Sport 2012 - Biggest and Best Yet
The Sports Development Section's Summer of Sport Programme proved once again to be highly popular and very successful with over 8,000 attendances across 90 different classes. A large percentage of the classes were fully booked with almost 2,000 participants aged 4 months to 18 years taking part in a variety of activities including Football, Gymnastics, Little Gymtime, Disability Sports, Dance and Sport Zone.
Sports Development also worked in partnership with Swim & Sports Centres to provide a varied range of Aquatics based activities, which included Learn to Swim, Diving, Snorkelling and Rookie Lifesaving, all proving to be extremely popular.
More of the same will be coming up during our October Sports Programme with bookings being taken from early September.
Talented Athletes Attend School of Sport Training Camp
The 2012 School of Sport took place last week, from 2nd - 6th July, and proved to be a great success. The week was organised by the Sports Development Section of Leisure & Culture Dundee for talented junior athletes and athletes with a disability.
Throughout the week over 120 athletes from eight different sports trained hard in order to develop and learn new skills. Athletes and performers in basketball, football, hockey, dance and swimming were based at St Paul's, while the Boccia players trained at DISC and the bowlers and gymnasts trained at the Lynch Sports Centre. The purpose of the camp was to provide carefully selected athletes who have demonstrated potential within their sport with the opportunity to train with other athletes of a similar standard and with high quality, experienced coaches.
In addition to the sports specific sessions, physio's from HEAL Physiotherapy delivered Core Stability sessions and the dance squad also experienced an Aqua Zumba session and Cardio-vascular session. Nutrition and hydration information was integrated as part of the programme throughout the week and guest athletes / players attended to demonstrate their skills, take part in discussion / Q&A sessions with the athletes and present certificates as part of the Celebration Event on the Friday afternoon. Guests included international athletes Vikki Bunce & Jess Ross (Hockey), Kevin Myers (Basketball), Chris Chalk (Gymnastics) and Ross Clark (Swimming). Eileen Ramsay also attended from Dundee City Disability Sport to support the 14 athletes with a disability who attended the camp and Alan Rae, Leisure & Culture Dundee Trustee delivered the Closing Ceremony as part of the Celebration event.
Over 150 parents / guardians attended the Celebration event on the Friday afternoon which consisted of a short DVD with clips taken throughout the week, a speech delivered by Alan Rae and presentation of certificates by guest athletes and coaches.
Feedback from the camp has been very positive, with 92% of the parents and 76% of the athletes completing an evaluation form describing the week as being 'Excellent' (the rest were good!). Parents were asked to describe how they thought the camp had benefited their child and responses included:
- My son has really enjoyed it and wants to come back and has learnt a lot
- Better knowledge of the game, physical training, expertise from the coaches!
- He is more confident
- Excellent for confidence and motivation
- She has learnt a lot about dance but also what it takes to be a good dancer - healthy eating etc
- Given him constant coaching to a high standard has given him a sense of achievement, confidence and aspirations
- She has learned a lot about different techniques and importance of exercise
- It has made him more likely to attend new clubs or events where he doesn't know the venue or other participants
- My child has had more quality time to learn her sport
- Improved skill but also increased her general confidence and ability to mix with people she doesn't know
This is the fifth year the School of Sport has run and it is great to see that a number of athletes who have previously taken part have progressed through their player pathway and gone on to represent their country including Jordan Archibald (Commonwealth Games Gymnastics Squad), Erin Lees and Alex Hendry (Basketball Scottish National Squads), Jess Ross (U16 Scottish Hockey Squad). Josh Moncrieffe and Cameron Black have also been signed for Dundee Football Club. Hopefully a number of this years squad will now go on to gain representative honours in the future.
U12's National Challenge - Basketball
On Saturday 2nd June 2012, ten U12 boys from the Dundee Development Squad took part in the U12 National challenge. The challenge was held at The Peak, Stirling.
12 teams from all over Scotland took part in the tournament.
Dundee were drawn in a group with South Grampian, West/Mid Lothian and Paisley. Paisley were last years tournament winners so we knew it was a tough group.
First game was against South Grampian, the boys looked quite nervous and this was showing with the first couple of nervy shots missing the basket. By the 3rd qtr the boys had settled and won the game 31-21. We had a game straight after with West/Mid Lothian and all nerves were gone winning the game very convincingly 51 -12. We knew the last game with Paisley would be the toughest and the boys had to play their best. The Paisley game was very tough with a few rough challenges coming from the other team, however Dundee did come out on top 28-16. This was a great achievement for the boys winning all 3 games and putting themselves in a great position to win the tournament.
As winners of the group we had to play the winners of the other 2 groups to challenge for the crown of tournament winners. The first game was against Highland, their team were very tall and physical. Although we tried very hard they beat us 36 -14. We were very disappointed as the boys knew they did not play like the could and let the Highland team play there game. We didn't have long to feel sorry for ourselves though as the boys were straight back on court to play Edinburgh the winners of group 3. We knew we had to win this game to finish second and the boys were back playing at their best. By the 3rd qtr we were up 28 -18. In the last qtr the boys went to sleep a little and it was getting nervy at the end, however the boys managed to hold on and win the game 31-26.
All 10 of the U12 boys were fantastic all day, they played well displayed great sportsmanship and were very polite to all officials. The Boys can be very proud of themselves coming 2nd in Scotland tournament is an great success. Coach Robin Paterson said" I am very proud of all the boys, they played great and are all winners to me"
Leisure & Culture Dundee's Sports Development section
The Scottish FA and Active Schools delivered two 7-aside S1 boys round robin tournaments and two 7-aside S1-S3 girls tournaments throughout the term providing the opportunity for 92 girls and 188 boys from all 9 High Schools to take part in number of football matches as part of the secondary school competition calendar.
The tournaments provide competition to S1-S3 pupils and supports schools who do not have regular football or school football teams affiliated to the Scottish Schools FA.
These tournaments have also provided the opportunity for senior pupils and Dundee College students who supported with the setting up of equipment and officiating the games.
The finals will be played at Dawson Park on Monday 11th June 2012 with all schools coming together for a final tournament to determine the overall winner and enjoy a fun afternoon of football.
Sports Development Olympic Torch Event
On Tuesday 12th June 2012, 35 young athletes participated in Sports Developments City Centre Olympic Torch event. The athletes currently attend Dundee Partnership funded athletics classes, which take place weekly at Charleston, Glebelands, Ardler and St Peter & Paul's Primary School.
The teams consisted of 5 boys and 5 girls who competed in a 50m relay race where the top 2 teams from each heat took part in a final to determine the fastest team in both boys and girls sections. A very competitive event saw Charleston PS team crowned as winners of the boys section and Ardler PS team crowned winners of the girls section.
Prior to the athletics taking place three separate gymnastics display were due to be held, one each from high performance gymnasts Kirsty Campbell and Jordan Archibald and a final display from 25 gymnasts from DGC2K. Unfortunately due to poor weather conditions the event had be cancelled. A big thank you has to go out to all the gymnasts and coaches who worked so hard to prepare the routines for the day, it is hoped we can see these displays at a similar event in the near future.
Sprint Dundee Final 2012
Saturday 2nd June saw 60 young athletes descend on Dundee City Centre to compete in the eagerly anticipated Sprint Dundee Final.
The programme, funded by Cashback, has been delivered across Dundee starting in January, with over 2000 young athletes taking part. The top 8 boys and top 8 girls from each of the 5 age groups were invited to attend the Sprint Dundee Final, which is held as part of the Lord Provost Parade.
The final itself was a great success with some very talented athletes competing to be the winner of their age group. Each athlete was given information about Dundee Hawkhill Harriers Junior training to provide them with the opportunity to make the next step in the athletics pathway within Dundee.
The winners were as follows:
- U8's Boys - Rudi Milligan U8's Girls - Casey-Sade Scroggie
- U10's - Ross Stevenson U10's Girls - Steffie Kidd
- U12's - Scott Glennie U12's Girls - Oria Milne
- U14's - Scott Henderson U14's Girls - Kirsty Hunter
- U16's - Connor Wilson U16's Girls - Katie Patullo
Football Parents and Sports Minister
Kick off Dundee launch of National Cultural Change Programme
On 23 April 2012, Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Commonwealth Games & Sport launched the Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) programme in Dundee. Parents of young footballers attached to Dundee FC attended a PCS Positive Parents workshop in St Paul's RC High School and experienced this ground breaking cultural change programme that aims to help more young people gain a positive experience from sport.
Through workshops, PCS highlights to the key influencers in a young person’s life - notably parents, teachers and coaches – how their own actions and behaviour impacts on a child’s attitude, respect, responsibility and tolerance both on and off the sports field.
Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, commented: “The Scottish Government recognises the important role Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) can play in influencing behaviour on and off the sports field. Whether it’s encouraging participants to uphold the values of on the football field or working with coaches, parents and teachers to instil the value of effort and a positive attitude in our youth, the work of PCS can help our young in Dundee and across Scotland’s communities embrace physical activity and to enjoy a sense of improved health and wellbeing.”
For more information on the programme, please contact Jamie McBrearty on 01382 436983 or visit http://www.positivecoachingscotland.com/
People of Dundee go the extra mile for Sport Relief - Thank You!
Over 500 local people turned out in force on Sunday 25th March at the Jenny Wood Allen Sport Relief Mile in Dundee. Milers of all ages were sponsored to do 1, 3 or 6 miles around CanperdownPark.
The day was a massive success with friends, families and work mates joining together in friendly rivalry to go the extra mile for Sport Relief 2012.
The top 3 finishers (male & female) for each of the races are as follows:
- (1st) 1st male - Ian McNulty 38:41, (2nd) 2nd male - Craig Love 38:54, (3rd) 3rd male - Paul Leonard 39:46 (8th) 1st female - Carly Kirkpatrick 44:33, (12th) 2nd female - Jillian Sherriff 46:20, (14th) 3rd female - Brinny Waddell 52:44
- (1st) 1st male - Craig Love 18:29, (2nd) 2nd male - Ian McNulty 18:53, (3rd) 3rd male - Bill Smith 20:14 (7th) 1st female - Fiona Edwards 22:16, (8th) 2nd female - Jane McNeilly 22:22, (13th) 3rd female - Catrina Reynolds 24:41
- 1st Male - Howell Grask, 2nd Male - Ian McNulty, 3rd Male - Connor Bertie 1st Female - Kirsty Reynolds, 2nd Female - Catriona Reynolds, 3rd Female - Kirsty Willis
As well as the races, the Sports Development Section of Leisure & Culture Dundee and SportDundee organised a Come & Try event offering participants the chance to try out new sports and find out about the sports clubs in the city.
Councillor Bob Duncan said, “It was a fantastic day! Watching the community come together to support such a great cause was brilliant! We feel very proud knowing that the money raised here today will help people living unimaginably tough lives right here in Dundee, across the rest of the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries.”
More than one million men, women and children came together to walk, run or hop 1,3 or 6 miles at the hundreds of Sainsbury’s Sport Relief events that took place across the length and breadth of the country over the Sport Relief weekend. The Sport Relief 2012 total currently stands at £52,070,587 with more still coming in from Milers getting sponsored and the public raising money in all sorts of inventive and challenging ways.
Sport Relief would like to say a huge thank you to each and every person who has donated money or given their time to go the extra mile.
Don’t forget to pay in you sponsorship money at www.sportrelief.com
For more on the event, please visit http://joefitzpatrick.net/sport-relief-and-jenny-wood-allen-mile/
Menzieshill Community Centre Internal Competition
Sports Development recently held an internal competition for children who attend Menzieshill Community Centre Gymnastics each Wednesday between 4.00-5.00 and 5.00-6.00. The competition gave the children the opportunity to showcase the skills they have learned over the past year to their friends and families. Thirty children took part in the competition and were watched by over fifty spectators. Menzieshill Community Centre Manager, Eleanor Ballantyne was overjoyed with the competition and stated 'It was fantastic to see so many adults at the recent Gymnastics display/competition. It means so much to the children to show how well they are developing and adults to feel proud. So often children have negative press in the community..........this event gives them a chance to shine!'
Each child was given the opportunity to showcase their skills with a floor routine and a vault performance, with each child given a score from fully qualified judges. The children were split into three separate groups to establish who had secured a medal position. The winners of each group are as follows.
Level 1 p1-p3
Gold- Molly Scott
Silver- Natasha Keir
Bronze- Rory McNee
Level 1 p4-p7
Gold- Morgan Beattie
Silver- Sophie Gauchan and Mya Birch
Bronze- Abby Petrie
Gold- Hannah Levin
Silver- Aimee Collie
Bronze- Mairi-Kate Gianicco
If you would like any further information on the competition or any gymnastics class being ran by Sports Development please contact Graeme Duncan 01382 436972 or email@example.com
Secondary Hockey League Final
Thursday 22nd March saw 9 schools and over 90 young hockey players descend on Dawson Park all with the goal of coming away with some silverware. The hockey league has been running for 17 weeks and has been a great success with more than double the participants than in previous years. Craigie High School were crowned league winners the week before and we were now into the cup and the plate finals. Craigie, Harris, Grove, St Pauls & Morgan all finished in the top 5 of the league and therefore were playing for the cup. A very closely fought competition saw Harris crowned as the cup winners. Menzieshill, Monifieth, Baldragon & St Johns were all competing for the plate. Eventually after a number of nail bitting fixtures Baldragon were crowned as plate winners. All the teams in the both competitions showed great skill and sportsmanship through out and to think that some of these children had never played hockey before, 17 weeks ago.
The competition was also attended by Niall Stott - Team GB Hockey who gave a talk to each team giving them advice on how to improve their skills and gave them the opportunity to ask him some questions on how he got to where he is today. This was a great experience for the young players and will hopefully spur them on to continue within the sport.
Football - Fun Hours Programme
On the 3rd and 17th of March, Sports Development and the Scottish FA delivered workshops to club coaches working with players aged 6-8 years (4v4) and 9-11 years (7v7). The workshops included a presentation on the New Player Pathway and Positive Coaching Scotland followed by a Practical session delivered by Gavin Tinley, Football Development Officer.
The workshops allowed club coaches to get an understanding of the New Player Pathway and Fun Fours programme prior to the new March-November 2012 season starting. 30 volunteers attended across the 2 workshops representing Ferry Athletic, Broughty United, Douglas Lads, DUSC, Dundee West, Dryburgh Athletic, Riverside CSC, Monifieth Athletic and Logie Harp.
Sports Development and Scottish FA are now working in partnership with the DDYFA to deliver the citywide Fun Fours programme. 9 local clubs are coming together at the new 3G pitch at the DISC to play 4v4 football matches in a fun, safe and pressure free environment. Details of the Fun Fours are below:
Age Group: 2005/06
Cost: £1 per player
Age Group: 2004
Cost: £1 per player
If you are interested in your club joining the Fun Fours programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Niall Nicolson at 01382 436974.
Basketball Primary Central Venue League Final
The Primary Basketball League is planned and delivered by Dundee Sports Development Section and Active Schools. The Basketball Primary League runs on 3 different nights in 3 different venues across Dundee . The leagues run in East, West and Central venues across Dundee, and 15 teams from Dundee participating.
After 3 nights of the League St Clements Primary won the West league, Dens Road primary won the Central league and Fintry Primary won the East league. All 3 teams plus Craigiebarns Primary (as the were the next team with most points across the 3 venues) were invited to the final.
The Basketball Final took place on Monday 12th March at D.I.S.C. All four teams played really well with it coming down the final game, Dens Road against St Celments. Both teams fought very hard with end to end basketball.
Dens Road Primary came out winners and won the final overall. A massive well done to all teams taking part within the league and in the final.
Big Congratulations to Dens Road they were unbeaten throughout the league and final, well deserved winners.
Dens Road Primary and St Clements Primary will now be invited to take part in the Tayside Final.
Dundee Sports Awards 2012
Record Breaking Sports Awards:
The Dundee Sports Awards for 2011 took place at the Caird Hall on Wednesday 22nd February. Following the highest number of nominations ever, 250 people attended the event, at its new venue to celebrate the outstanding contributions and achievements of Dundee people in sport in the Year 2011.
The winners are:
- Tayside Audio Visual - Coach of the Year – Paul Boath (Tayside Musketeers)
- GA Engineering - Community Coach of the Year – Steven Cuthbert (Menzieshill Whitehall Swimming & Water Polo Club)
- Sportscotland /Active Schools - Lifetime Commitment – Drew Burnett (Dundee city Aquatics)
- Graham Construction – Young Volunteer of the Year – Shauna Urquhart (the Brae RDA)
- SportDundee – Volunteer of the Year Award – Gerry Cahill (Dundee Wildcats Taekwon Do)
- Dundee Sportsman’s Dinner – Young Team of the Year – Tayside Musketeers Basketball Club
- University of Abertay – Team of the Year – Dundee Wanderers Hockey Ladies 1st Team
- Evening Telegraph – Club of the Year – Dundee United Sports Club
- Dundee City Disability Sports – Jenny Wood Allen Memorial Trophy – Ian Bryce (DCDS)
- Leisure & Culture Dundee – Young Sports Person of the Year – Louise Fox (Menzieshill Whitehall Swimming & Water Polo Club)
- Redwood Leisure Ltd – Sports Person of the Year – Vikki Bunce (Dundee Wanderers Hockey Club)
- Heal Physiotherapy – Sporting School of the Year (Primary) – Ballumbie Primary School
- Heal Physiotherapy – Sporting School of the Year (secondary) – Grove Academy