It’s time to hail the City of Discovery’s stand-out clubs as Leisure and Culture Dundee – and the Tele – need your help to decide 2018’s finest.
The nominees for Club of the Year have been announced and the poll is now open, closing on Friday, February 8 at 11.59pm.
To help make your decision, we’ve taken a look at the five clubs in the running and battling for your votes – Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club, Dundee Gymnastics Club 2K, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, Dundee West Football Club and Kanzen Karate.
Please note, to vote below you must provide an email address. Strictly one vote per email address.
Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club had a special year through the achievements of teams and individual members.
The club were wheelchair rugby League Challenge Plate and Challenge Cup finalists.
The wheelchair basketball team won the Scottish Development League play-off finals and club members represented Scotland and Great Britain at various levels including the Invictus Games.
The club secured Direct Club Investment from sportscotland enabling developments to take place that addressed volunteer and player recruitment in collaboration with Dundee & Angus College and the University of Dundee.
Dundee Gymnastics Club 2K’s tumbling team now has four Scottish champions and a British champion. The Women’s Artistic Team won silver at the Scottish Championships and team members competed at the British Championships and represented Scotland. Highlight of the year was club member Sofia Ramzan qualifying to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
The club’s membership grew by 200 and the coaching team increased to 25.
Dundee Hawkhill Harriers had an extremely successful year despite the Caird Park athletics track being out of action.
Volunteers ensured all arrangements were in place to enable the 400 members to train regularly and prepare for competition.
On the track, the club reached the finals of the Indoor and Outdoor Leagues, they medalled in the National Relays and won the senior sections of the R.A.M. Athletics League.
Dundee West Football Club gained SFA Legacy Quality Mark and was named ‘The Best Community Football Club in Scotland’ at the McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards.
The club developed strong school to club links and has 500 registered players. The volunteer committee took over the running of the Baldragon Academy 3G pitch, investigated new ways to redevelop the club pavilion and organised holiday football camps. The club established the Dundee West Autism Team providing regular training and participation opportunities for 30 players with autism.
Kanzen Karate’s main focus was hosting the World Union of Karate-Do Federations (WUKF) World Karate Championships for all ages at Dundee Ice Arena. The event attracted more than 4,000 athletes, coaches, officials and supporters to Dundee and is estimated to have generated £9.8 million for the local economy.
The club had to raise over £200k to make this happen through grants, sponsorship and fundraising. In the competition, the club won 10 gold medals.