We wrote to our existing J League members over the weekend to let them know that we are introducing a new structure for the 2017/2018 season. There are a number of reasons for the changes but some of the main ones are summarised below:
- As the official Charity Partner of Dundee United Football Club, we recognise the challenges faced by some of the children and families living in our local communities. Indeed within Dundee we have some of the most concentrated areas of multiple deprivation in Scotland.
- We sought to work more closely within the National Player Pathway structure developed by the Scottish FA which ensures that the “Game Grows with the Child”. Basically we wanted to make sure that everyone is playing at the correct level for them
We have identified that participation levels in 2016/2017 fell below our own expectations and as such we have developed a brand new structure which we believe will enhance the quality of football sessions offered by Dundee United Community Trust. Our key changes for the coming year are:
- Brand New sessions for Primary Ones!
- No joining fee – In order to make sure our sessions are as affordable and accessible as possible
- Monthly memberships – Moving away from a pay-per-play basis is key to our sustainability and indeed plays a massive part in being able to remove the joining fee
- We’ve also added an additional 5 sessions to the calendar to give you even more value for money!
- The new session structure on a Saturday and Sunday now looks like this:
Young Tangerines – For boys and girls in P1-P3 at the GA Arena on a Saturday from 11:20am – 12:20pm
J League – For boys and girls in P4-P5 from 9am – 10am and P6-S1 from 10:10am – 11:10am – held at the GA Arena on a Saturday
Fun Football – For boys and girls of all ages on a Sunday from 9:30am – 10:30am
In line with other changes we have re-branded our weekly pre-school coaching sessions, which will now be called “Tiny Tangerines”.
Jamie Kirk, Head of Operations for DUCT, had this to say about the changes in structure “It’s a really exciting time for the Charity and this is the biggest structural change to the football programme in some time. It’s really aimed at making us more affordable and accessible to the wider community. Football is for everyone and what we are doing here is taking steps to reduce the financial barrier while at the same time making sure we are sustainable. It’s also a chance for us to fall in line with the National Player Pathway and make sure our members are playing the correct format of the game for their age”.
We’re now accepting applications from existing members and the general public can start applying from 7th July. For more details on our new structure and how you can get involved, please visit the “sport” section on our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org