Lottery funding to Dundee club pays for family skating sessions

A community sports club in Dundee has been awarded National Lottery funding of £9,000.

Inline hockey club Dundee Ducks will use the cash to run Saturday morning skating sessions for kids and families.

The sessions will be run in conjunction with the Active Schools coordinator for the Morgan cluster.

The grant is for a year and sessions will start on February 10.

There will be three sessions, the first for children under 10 running from 9am-10am.

A second session from 10am-11am will be for family skating and the final session will run from 11am-noon for those under 16.

Club secretary Graeme Anderson said: “I think it is great for the local community.

“It gives the kids something else to do on a Saturday morning.”

The club is based in a purpose-built rink at Manhattan Works and has just taken over unit 8 at the premises.

They will officially move into the unit from Monday and will work alongside the existing occupants who include British Inline Puck Hockey Association (BIPHA) Scotland league clubs, Dundee Roller Girls and the wider roller derby community, UK Ball Hockey and several football clubs.

Units 6 and 7 will continue to be run by Showcase the Street dance group.

Dundee Ducks is one of the oldest inline hockey clubs in Scotland.

The club recently held a fundraising event at Asda Kirkton which boosted its coffers by £687.69.

The next fundraising event will be an inflatables day on February 3.