Three local charities are supported by the Alba Real Ale Festival this year, Tayside Dynamos Powerchair Football Club,Tay Sail Training and the Archie Foundation.
Tayside Dynamos Powerchair Football Club was established in 2012 in response to requests from Powerchair users in the Tayside area, who wanted to get involved in a fun, fast paced, competitive sport. Following many months of hard work by Dundee City Disability Sport and with support from Broughty Ferry Rotary Club, the team came together and the Dynamos were born. The club currently supports 10 members, who are all powerchair users, with weekly training sessions, in Dundee and Forfar. They are always on the lookout for new players and welcome anyone along to the training sessions that simply want to ‘give it a go’ and see what the sport is all about.
In their second season competing in the Scottish National Powerchair League the team succeeded in becoming the Scottish League Champions and followed that, several weeks later, by winning the SFA Scottish Cup. An absolutely outstanding achievement that the club continues to build upon in the 2015/16 season.
As a club they have a number of aims for the future. They are working closely with the SFA to establish a core group of Coaches and Referees to allow us to move towards a National Powerchair side, giving players from local clubs something to aim for and progress to. All of this takes time and hard work both with fundraising and raising the general profile of the club.
The club is working hard to promote our team and actively encourage new members. There are hundreds of powerchair users in Tayside and Fife, and we are keen to encourage everyone, young and old into the club. The average cost of equipment for each player is almost £400. The club aims to supply this equipment to each player on a loan basis. Find out more.
Tay Sail Training (TST) was established with charitable status in 2003 by the members of Royal Tay Yacht Club (RTYC) with the prime objective “to provide community participation in healthy recreation by the provision of facilities for sailing” and in particular “the involvement and development of young people”. TST operates from the premises of RTYC providing a programme of practical sailing courses for young people and adults in the community as well as a series of shore based winter courses. All practical courses are delivered by qualified instructors who provide their services on a voluntary basis, happy to invest their time to help develop a sport that offers so much to its participants as well as encouraging the recreational use of the wonderful natural resource of the waters of the Tay estuary. Since inception all sums raised have been invested in training boats, safety boats, related equipment and the maintenance thereof. TST currently has a fleet of 25 training dinghies and 2 rigid inflatable safety boats. Every £1 raised for TST goes directly into meeting the charity aims. As well as requiring funds to maintain its current activities, TST is seeking to expand its activities to provide sailing and related water sports to other sectors in the community in particular through the Active schools programme and its involvement with the local authority in its offsite education programme which will extend sailing opportunities to many more young people. TST is also keen to expand its existing work with providing sailing for those with disabilities or affected by long term illness. All enquiries are welcome whether from prospective trainees or volunteers and should be addressed in the first instance to firstname.lastname@example.org
This year saw the most amazing ‘Oor Wullie Bucket Trail’ auction that raised a staggering £883,000 for the Archie Foundation to fund a twin operating suite at Tayside Children’s Hospital.
A contribution was made to help bid for the Oor Wullie Lifesaver statue with all funds raised going to the Archie Foundation. The successful purchase of ‘Oor Lifesaver’ has already raised awareness and much needed funds for the RNLI as he continues touring Dundee.
2016: Tayside Dynamos Powerchair Football Club
Thanks to another fantastic year of fundraising at the Alba Real Ale Festival, the committee are pleased to support the following charities, Tayside Dynamos, who are back in training after a successful year in the Scottish National Powerchair League; Taysail Training who continue to promote safety and training on the water and finally the Archie Foundation and the RNLI. A contribution was made to help bid for the Oor Wullie Lifesaver statue with all funds raised going to the Archie Foundation. The successful purchase of ‘Oor Lifesaver’ has already raised awareness and much needed funds for the RNLI as he continues touring Dundee.
2015: Tayside Dynamos Powerchair Football Club
In 2015, the festival committee supported the Tayside Dynamos Powerchair Football Club. Whilst all players currently use their own Powerchair’s, the club would ideally like to fund and purchase dedicated Powerchair Football Powerchairs that are high performance and would be essential for competing at an International level. These chairs cost between £3500 and £5000 each and the team require a minimum of 5 chairs. Hopefully our donation will take them a little closer to their end goal! Pictured above: Captain, Liam Ritchie and team player, Eythan Galloway along with club secretary, Ryan Galloway.
2014: The festival supported The National Autistic Society
In 2014 the festival committee were pleased to support the Dundee branch of the National Autistic Society. The charity’s primary aim is to support anyone who is affected by Autism, Asperger Syndrome or any child with features of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Pictured above: Steve Flack, (Chair of the Alba Real Ale Festival), present a cheques to Caroline Burke, (Branch Officer, NAT Dundee) and Sandy Bremner, (Chair of Tay Sail Training).
2013: The festival supported Food on Friday
In 2013 the festival committee selected Dundee based charity Food on Friday, a project that prides itself on bringing support and fun to the community of the North East of Dundee through cookery, gardening and a number of different community groups. Pictured above: Steve Flack, (Chair of the Alba Real Ale Festival), present a cheque to Karran Porter, (Chair of Food on Friday).
2012: The festival supported the Keans Childrens Fund and Riding for the Disabled
In 2012 the Alba Real Ale Festival chose two very important local charities to support, Keans Children’s Fund and Riding for the Disabled . Both organisations are well known in Tayside for the huge contribution they make and we are proud to support these worthy causes. Pictured: left to right are, Ross Lorimer (Festival Committee), Charlie Kean (Keans Children’s Fund), Mandy Gordon (Festival Committee), Steve Flack (Chairman Festival Committee), Mary Sneddon (The Brae Centre Manager) and Sandy Bremner (Tay Sail Training Association).