Strathmartine Active Youth – January 2016
On Wednesday 13 January, the highly successful partnership between Dundee United and Dundee City Council has recorded another milestone. The joint venture, which has seen the Club work with Morgan Academy and CLD Youth Workers to provide an educational programme including diversionary football to kids in the Maryfield area, has been expanded to provide both education and football to kids in Strathmartine.
This time in partnership with St Paul’s Academy, six of their pupils now attend the Club every Wednesday to learn about sports leadership, SFA coaching and key life skills such as First Aid.
After the training programme, if successful, the young people will then be employed by Dundee United, funded via the Dundee Partnership, to provide diversionary football to their peers.
Alex Cooper, Community Youth Worker, said: “It’s great that Dundee City Council see United as a key partner within the community and the expansion of this project after 13 years of success in Maryfield just goes to show that the idea works.”
Mark McDonald DCC CLD Youth Worker added: “With United, it’s simply a great option for us; this time all the young people are United fans so it’s a massive draw to keep them engaged in education and more importantly give them a helping hand with their future.”
Pictured are, left to right, in front: Liam Scott, Joseph Wilkinson, Josh Carl, Stephen Malone, Brandon Campbell, Ryan Boyd. At the back: Alex Cooper & Mark McDonald.
Community Volunteers – October 2015
Recently the next set of recruits for the Community Department from Morgan Academy and St Paul’s Academy started their first week of training.
This year the Community Volunteers will undertake a newly designed programme containing vocational qualifications such as Sports Leader UK and First Aid.
The programme allows pupils to pick “CLD United” as a subject choice and allocate four periods a week to learn key life skills along with giving back to their community through both DISC Target Project and Strathmartine Active Youth.
Community Worker Alex Cooper said “This is an exciting development in the partnership the club has with both Dundee City Council’s CLD Section, Morgan Academy and now St Paul’s Academy as well in a recent expansion of the project. It is just the first in recent developments which allows the club to support young people in Dundee into further training and education or employment.”
Allan Howieson DCC CLD Worker “Dundee United’s unequivocal support over the 10 years has been key in the success of the young people’s future. When a young person can say they’ve worked for an establishment such as Dundee United, potential employers pay attention.”