Dundee United Community Trust is the Official Charity Partner of Dundee United Football Club. Our vision is that the people of Dundee work together in becoming healthier and happier and are encouraged to be the very best that they can be. Our programmes are split across four pillars of activity: Health, Sport, Education and Inclusion and we aim to use the brand of the football club to drive positive change in our local community.
The Junior Academy is a fun, structured coaching programme for 5-12 year old boys and girls. It’s aims are to introduce children to football, to prepare children for team football and to provide additional training for players within grassroots football clubs. Each hour-long session will be structured to ensure players receive a fun, high quality coaching session that improves their technical ability and decision making.
Thanks to a very kind anonymous supporter – matched by the Community Trusts’ own funds, we have also received funds to give away 70 free spaces at our new Junior Academy to those in most need. These spaces will be allocated through carefully selected partners in the City – although if you are interested it would be best to speak to the School and Family Development Worker at your child’s school.
Sessions take place on a Saturday morning (9 + 10 year olds class and 11 + 12 year olds class) and on a Sunday morning (5 + 6 year olds class and 7 + 8 year olds class) at the GA Arena, with an indoor venue provided during winter months for Sunday morning sessions. See https://www.dundeeunitedfc.co.uk/community/sport/dundee-united-junior-academy for more information.
Tiny Tangerines is our physical literacy programme for boys and girls aged 2-4 years old. The Tiny Tangerines focuses on developing basic motor skills such as balance, co-ordination, reflexes, reactions and fundamental movements (ie running, jumping, throwing, kicking and catching), whilst also improving the participants confidence and communication skills.
Thanks to funding from Cattanach Trust, our Tiny Tangerines sessions are free to attend, with 10 brand new sessions launching in Autumn 2018. Please visit https://www.dundeeunitedfc.co.uk/community/sport/tiny-tangerines for more details.
Lisa Evans Soccer Centre
Delivered in partnership with the Scottish FA East Region, the Lisa Evans Soccer Centre aims to increase participation in football among primary school-aged girls. These sessions introduce girls to football in a fun, relaxed environment and are delivered by fully qualified female coaches that play for Dundee United Women’s FC. More details on the class can be seen at https://www.dundeeunitedfc.co.uk/community/sport/lisa-evans-soccer-centre-at-ga-arena.
Walking Football is a fun and relaxed version of football where players walk instead of run. It’s designed to help people get fit or maintain an active lifestyle no matter what their age and fitness, as well as support people getting back into football if they have given it up due to age or injury. Older people who play have seen many benefits: lower heart rate and blood pressure, less fat and more muscle, and better mobility as well as participants can meet new people, avoid becoming isolated, and interact with individuals and small groups.
Our Walking Football group is in partnership with Dryburgh Athletic and sessions are on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings at the GA Arena. For more details visit https://www.dundeeunitedfc.co.uk/community/health/walking-football.
Walking Netball has evolved from a growing demand for walking sports. Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it is netball, but at a walking pace. The game has been designed so that anyone can play it regardless of age or fitness level. From those who have dropped out of the sport they love due to serious injury, to those who believed they had hung up their netball trainers many years ago, it really is for everyone. Women the length of the country have begun playing the game of Walking Netball for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer. It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don’t deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into netball.
Our Walking Netball session is held on Friday mornings at the Lynch Centre in Dundee and more information can be found on our website at https://www.dundeeunitedfc.co.uk/community/health/walking-netball.
Friday Night Fives – Women Only
Delivered in partnership with the Scottish FA East Region, the Women’s only Football session aims to increase participation in football among Women over the age of 16 years old. These sessions aim to give women the opportunity to get involved in football for the first time, get back into football after time out of the sport or as an extra training session. We list to make our session a fun and relaxed environment with a mix of coaching drills and matches. Our Women’s only Football sessions are at the GA Arena over the holidays and move back to Manhattan works in August. More information is available at https://www.dundeeunitedfc.co.uk/community/health/womens-recreational-football.
Football Fans in Training
Delivered in partnership with the SPFL Trust, the Football Fans in Training (FFIT) programme is a healthy living and weight loss programme that was carefully designed to appeal to men and women. It incorporates the latest scientific approaches to weight loss, physical activity and diet and taps the potential of professional football clubs to engage overweight and obese men and women in weight loss. Our Men’s session is run on Monday night with the Women’s session being on a Wednesday night both at Tannadice Park.
Now in it’s third year, our successful education programme sees us work in partnership with 12 local schools to deliver curriculum enrichment programmes with their pupils. Our programmes use the environment of the football club as a lens to inspire pupils to engage with learning and we have seen positive outcomes in numeracy, literacy and communication skills.
This is a two-stranded project delivered in partnership with Community Learning and Development within Dundee City Council. We support the delivery of sports leadership training for up to 20 targeted young people each year. The young people then take part in an intensive process of volunteering as they deliver peer-led diversionary activity for their own local community. Every year we also progress those with most potential (or those who have worked hard) to paid coaching positions with Dundee United Community Trust. Funds are received from local regeneration forums with in-kind support provided by Community Learning and Development to deliver a real partnership focused effort to empower young people lead within their community.
Still Game is for local men and women over 65 years old who live close to Tannadice to have an opportunity to socialise, meet new people and make long-term friendships. The group started in partnership with SPFL Trust thanks to funding from Comic Relief and we have recently received spport from The People’s Health Trust to continue and evolve this project.
Our group take part in a number of activities including Just Dance, party games, board games and even trips around the city but most importantly they enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit each week! In the past some of our Still Game group have become close friends and even go away on holiday together.
We are always happy to welcome newcomers along on Thursdays for free.
Football memories is a group for people with Dementia to come along and enjoy reminiscing about a number of different things including old matches, players and any other fond memories that they had including Dundee United, Scottish Football and International Matches. During this time, carer can either join in or enjoy a cup of tea and a blether to other carers.
Our Football Memories group in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland meets on the third Wednesday of every month for free.