The 3rd issue of the Dundee Dragons Newsletter is out now! This issue features some very exciting club updates and an interview with Dragons jack of all trades David Birtles!
Effective from Monday 2 November 2020 Dundee Dragons sessions are changing, although equipment cleaning, hand sanitising and the need for screening information remains unchanged.
In accordance with current Scottish Government guidelines Dundee has moved into Tier 3 restrictions, therefore the following will apply.
This is, of course, subject to change depending upon the prevailing conditions around the virus.
• People who live outwith Dundee City cannot attend sessions due to the travel restrictions preventing people travelling from other areas into a Tier 3 area
• Adults, over 18, are unable to participate in indoor or outdoor group activity.
Adults can still assist with coaching activity but as lead or assistant coaches.
(If you want to attend as a coach or assistant please let us know ahead of each session)
• Adults can attend for one to one coaching e.g. One coach to one adult participant, Tennis and Badminton are probably the best examples of this type of activity.
(Attendance for one to one coaching must be agreed beforehand please do not simply turn up at a club session as we may not be able to accommodate you)
• Young people 12 to 17 can attend for group activity and if doing Basketball can share equipment e.g. Basketball provided, they are effectively cleaned before during and after sessions.
The coaches must also ensure that they remain socially distanced and apply the same procedures we have been adopting e.g. wearing face coverings during briefings
(Please let us know if you are planning to attend any of the sessions enabling us to plan content, this includes Wednesday 6pm to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 12noon and Sunday Tennis 10am to 12noon_
• Young people under 12 can also attend group sessions with no requirement for social distancing as before.
Should you require any further information please contact
We have lots of exciting things to share with you in this months newsletter including; club updates, an interview with wheelchair basketball legend Ben Leitch and a news report from club parent Andy Anderson about the Disability Golf Phoenix Cup!
You can access all this and more by clicking the link below!
Lockdown has been tough for everyone, and it’s no exaggeration to say we’ve been absolutely desperate to get back on the court!
With the recent green light to hold outdoor sporting activities (maintaining social distancing of course!) we were thrilled to see the #DragonsFamily get back to enjoying some ball time this weekend!
Sport is so important for everyone, but especially so for those of us with physical disabilities.
It’s a great way to stay healthy in both mind and body, and it’s great fun too!
We normally train indoors, but just as we’ve all had to get used to a “new normal” we’ve embraced some outside court time for now.
So as long as the weather holds, you’ll see Dragons Roaring across Baxter Park on a Saturday morning!
Perhaps you’d like to get fitter now we’re coming out of lockdown?
Or maybe you want to give back to the local community and volunteer?
If so the club would love to welcome you along, making Dragons part of your new normal!
Just send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll let you know how you can join in the fun.
Here’s a peak at what we got up to this weekend – look at those smiles!
Following on from today’s HM Government COBRA Briefing we have taken the decision to cancel all club activities until further notice.
This is understandably a very trying time for everyone in our community, and as a club we want to encourage everyone to take time to look after eachother’s mental as well as physical health.
During this time we’ll signpost members to online resources promoting fitness for wheelchair users, and our members-only discussion group will still be operating so that players and volunteers can stay in touch.
For now, may we take this opportunity to wish all our members and supporters well: let’s all keep as safe as possible, and look forward to happier times in the months ahead.
DDWSC Committee, 16-3-2020.
I’d like to take this opportunity to reassure all members that we are keeping a close eye on the guidance from our National Governing Bodies, Local Council and The Scottish Government regarding the novel corona virus COVID-19, and continually assessing how their directives may impact upon the club’s activities.
At present we encourage all members to adhere to the current advice to self-isolate if experiencing symptoms of possible infection (fever, persistent cough) regardless of how mild: this of course means avoiding all club activities during that time.
Should there come a time that we have to cancel club sessions we will try to let you know via all our social media platforms with as much notice as possible.
In the meantime we ask the following of all players, volunteers and attendees at club sessions:
• Take care to wash your hands with soap and water before and after each session (there are sink & hand drying facilities in the toilets next to our regular gym hall).
• Ensure players take responsibility to wipe down the seats slings, cushions & backrests of the sports chair they have used with the hard surface wipes provided.
• Take extra care to wipe down the handrims of sports chair wheels after their use with the provided hard surface wipes.
We’ll stay in touch with updates as they become available, and also with tips about how to stay active if we can’t facilitate organised club sessions.
Fingers crossed we all get through the next few weeks with but a little disruption – stay safe folks!
Time to top up your tan and pump up our tyres!
The club will be on Summer Break within the following dates:
Last session Wednesday 17 July
Restart Wednesday 28 August
Last Session Saturday 20 July
Restart Saturday 24 August
Sunday Tennis Sessions
Last Sunday Sunday 21 July
Restart Sunday 18 August
If you looked at our website lately you’d be forgiven for thinking we’ve been very quiet – not the case though, honestly!
The club is as busy as ever, with the same amount of travel to fixtures, fun at training plus national and international representation by players in lots of disciplines.
We haven’t been able to post about these individually here purely due to lack of manpower, but if you follow us on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you’ll always be up to date with the latest from DragonsHQ.
We love to interact with our followers so be sure to give us a Like or Subscribe next time one of our posts catches your eye. Our Social Media feeds are live-linked in the margin of this site, but to make it even easier, here they are just waiting to be clicked on:
Let our Players tell you what being a member of the Dragons Family has done for them in this short video.
We focus on Ability here at DDWSC – If you can push a manual chair, then we can find a sport for you to participate in!
Our charity is completely volunteer led, with committee & coaches all giving of their free time to deliver active wheelchair sports to people from all across Tayside.
From playing just to have fun, right through to pulling on a Scotland jersey, we’ll help you get there! #AllAboutAbility