Two local charities are supported by the Alba Real Ale Festival this year, Tayside Dynamos Powerchair Football Club and Tay Sail Training.

Dynamos

Tayside Dynamos Powerchair Football Club are the most successful Powerchair Football Club in Scotland. Three times Scottish League winners, Three times Scottish Cup winners and current holders of the League and Scottish Cup trophies.

The club is based in Dundee and Angus and run entirely by volunteers. Training takes place on a weekly basis offering Powerchair football sessions for children and adults from across Tayside. They are currently the only Powerchair sports club in the north east of Scotland. Powerchair Football is a fast paced, exciting sport that is developing both Nationally and Internationally at an incredible pace, with the aim of having the sport included in the Paralympic games in the near future. Powerchair football helps individuals build self-confidence, social skills, practical powerchair skills as well as the proven benefits participation in competitive sport can have on an individual’s general wellbeing.

As with any sport, equipment comes at a cost and Powerchair football equipment is no different. Players starting out with the sport can play in their own chairs, but many choose to move to specially built Sports Powerchair’s with a start price in the region of £8000 each. The current fleet of ageing Powerchair’s require constant maintenance to ensure they remain safe and reliable for our members. In addition, the club has to hire specific venues taking into consideration accessibility to facilitate training. This all comes at a significant cost to the Club.

The continued support from the Alba Real Ale Festival this year and the generosity of festival goers over the past few years has made a significant difference to the club members here in Tayside. The Club would like to wish everyone at the Festival this year, all the very best and thank you all for your kind generosity and valued support. Find out more.

TSTlogo

Tay Sail Training was established with charitable status in 2003 by the members of Royal Tay Yacht Club 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.

In 2014 TST introduced coastal rowing with the provision of two St Ayles rowing skiffs.  These skiffs have given the opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy our home waters for recreational rowing as well as competition. TST currently has a fleet of 28 training boats, 2 rowing skiffs 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 through collaboration with other organisations particularly to 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. One of the immediate aims is to replace some of the ageing training dinghies with more robust craft, better suited for training young people and adults.

TST would like to thank Festival goers for their continued support. Since inception all sums raised have been invested in training boats, safety boats, related equipment, the maintenance thereof and the provision of first class shore training and storage facilities.

All enquiries are welcome whether from prospective trainees or volunteers and should be addressed in the first instance to training@taysail.org