Let our players tell you what the club means to them.
Let our players tell you what the club means to them.
Our bus has sadly reached the end of its working life.
We know that the cost price for a vehicle that meets our needs could be anything up to £60K so we’ve had to look at every available option we can in order to get the club moving again.
Sadly though, whilst our beloved old DragonsWagon was waiting to go to the forever home in the sky for busses, it was vandalised.
This was a really sad end to what had been a faithful friend to the club, and it has greatly impacted how we were planning to offload it.
So where are we now?
The club is currently without a bus and that’s a big blow.
The minibus was a vital tool to get us to matches, local events and club outings.
Our old bus took us everywhere from Elgin to Wrexham and many stops in between, so at the moment we’re reliant on using multiple cars to complete these journeys, or where that’s not feasible we face not being able to make the journey at all.
Given the huge costs involved, we had to look at every avenue open to us in order to fund a new minibus.
Our options included corporate partnerships, longterm sponsorship prospects and good old fashioned bucket shaking!
We’ve been very fortunate to secure the support of a wonderfully generous corporate donor who, in partnership with a well known motoring brand have granted us almost all the funding we will need to take ownership of our own brand new, fully wheelchair accessible minibus.
This is such an exciting prospect for the club; we’re absolutely thrilled to be the recipients of such generosity, and we simply can’t wait to share more information about our donors as time goes on, and of course to get the wheels of the new bus turning!
So why do we need your help?
Despite all this exciting news, there’s still one major hurdle to overcome.
We still need to raise approximately £10,000 to meet the remainder of the purchase costs.
Being 90% of the way to the target is a fantastic feeling, but it doesn’t see us over the line, and until we can hand over all of the costs, we won’t be able to call the bus our own.
We know that everyone is tight for cash just now.
It’s a difficult time for the entire community and that makes it all the harder for us to ask for your help.
Being this close to our target and not being able to see it through would be a devastating blow to the club, and so we’re appealing to all our friends and supporters to help us get our bus.
Specifically we’re asking that if you can support us, you to donate to our KiltWalk Team Page.
The fabulous folks at The Hunter Foundation will top up any donation by 50% meaning any pennies you can spare will go even further!
You can find our Club Page below, where you can follow the team as they prepare for their walks on 21st August, and where you can donate directly to their efforts.
We know this is a big ask, but you can be sure that when the new bus arrives it will straightway be put to use taking the Dragons Family all across the U.K. to participate in Wheelchair Sporting events.
Our members have told us how they’ve missed the camaraderie of being together on the bus, travelling to events that help boost their confidence, improve their physical and mental health and most of all provide a fun and consistent way to live their lives fully embracing the Dragons’ motto of #AllAboutAbility.
So please, if you can spare a few pounds to help us make that a reality once more, head over to our fundraising page.
💙🐲💙 Thank You 💙🐲💙
We have some very exciting news to share with you all…. Baillie Gifford, who are an independent investment business based in Edinburgh have been incredibly generous and donated to the club. Their funding will support our club coordinator to continue in their role, which is vital for the growth and day to day running of the club. This ultimately allows us to change even more lives through sport! As you can probably all guess we are over the moon, here is what our chairperson Elizabeth Ferris had to say about the donation ….
“We were absolutely bowled over with the news of Baillie Gifford’s generous donation to the club.
It honestly took me a little while to digest it when I first heard – what a fantastic gift!
Every penny of this money will go to ensuring we can continue to provide active wheelchair sport for all; and specifically in this “new normal” we all find ourselves in just now – having such support means more to the club than words can say”
This issue features club updates, Scotland callups and chat corner with our newly appointed wellbeing leads and champions!
As mentioned in the newsletter Kevin, Gemma and Blair are taking on the Kiltwalk this weekend!
Gemma is raising money for the club, you can donate here; https://virtual.thekiltwalk.co.uk/fundraising/ScotlandsVirtualKiltwalk2021-GemmaLumsdaine
Kevin and Blair are raising money for Dundee City Disability Sport, who have supported us from day one, you can donate using the links below;
As a result of amazing support from the Scottish Government and STV Children’s Appeal Winter Support Fund, we are delighted to be teaming up with Helen Singleton (Lotus Lily Yoga) and Cal Owens (Caledonia Fitness) to deliver some new online sessions for all ages and abilities.
Helen will be running adaptive yoga sessions every second Wednesday at 7pm, starting on the 10th February. Read her bio below!
Cal will be running strength and conditioning sessions every second Saturday at 11am, starting on the 20th February. Read his bio below!
We held our club AGM on Tuesday 19th January via zoom. The meeting minutes and financial report are available to download below;
24th May 2021
Indoor sessions for everyone!
Both our Wednesday night and Saturday morning sessions have restarted for both U18’s and adults. These sessions are run in accordance with current government and national governing body guidance!
3rd May 2021
Wednesday night indoor sessions for U18’s
We are back indoors at Dundee and Angus College, Gardyne Campus every Wednesday night 6-8! These sessions are currently for u18’s only, please get in touch with us if you would like to come along.
11th April 2021
Outdoor sessions are back!
We have restarted our outdoor sessions every Saturday 10-12 (weather permitting) at Baxter Park! Please get in touch with us if you would like to get involved or are interested in how we run the session due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are continuing to provide virtual sessions every Wednesday at 7pm, again feel free to get in touch if you would like more details.
5th January 2021
Due to current government restrictions we have had to postpone our face to face sessions. However, we have put together a virtual session schedule which will keep everyone active and engaged during these difficult times.
Virtual sessions will take place on Zoom on these days and times;
Wednesday night: 7pm
Saturday morning: 11am