POLL: Vote for Leisure and Culture Dundee’s Club of the Year

Kanzen Karate were last year’s winners and are up for Club of the Year once again this time around alongside three other sporty groups.

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 2017’s best.

The nominees for Club of the Year have been announced and, to give your favourite a boost,  cast your vote. The poll is now open and closes on Thursday February 8 at 11.59pm.

Kanzen Karate were last year’s winners and are up for Club of the Year once again this time around alongside three other sporty groups.

To help make your decision, below the poll we’ve taken a look at the four clubs in the running and battling for your votes — Discovery Junior Cycling Club, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, Grove Menzieshill Hockey Club and Kanzen Karate.

Please note, to vote you must provide an email address. Strictly one vote per email address.

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Discovery Junior Cycling Club

For a club with only 70 members, Discovery Junior Cycling Club has had a busy year with some phenomenal individual successes.

Three club members were selected to represent the North-East Region in the Youth Tour of Scotland, with Alfie George winning overall before adding a British Championship title in the 500 metres time trial.

George and clubmate Jamie Penny represented Scotland. George was also selected for Team GB for the Youth Olympics and the GB Cycling Academy.

Discovery riders won three categories at the Big Tree Campervan Mountain Bike Series, demonstrating the excellent coaching for both track and mountain bike disciplines.

With the velodrome being upgraded as part of the new regional performance centre at Caird Park, the club is aiming to go from strength to strength.

Dundee Hawkhill Harriers

Harriers had a lot to shout about at international and national level last year, as well as continuing to grow club membership to a new high.

At the World Championships in London, they were the only British club to have two athletes representing the country, with Laura Muir and Eilish McColgan both reaching the 5,000m final.

Kris Jones ran for Team GB in the European Team Championships with Declan Gall and Rachel Broadfoot also representing Scotland in 2017.

The club were North and East Athletics League winners, taking the title from Aberdeen after 10 years. Over 30 club records were set and 11 out of 12 club teams reached league finals.

The club membership is now over 500 with systems in place to stagger the intake of junior members due to the high demand.

Grove Menzieshill Hockey Club

Grove enjoyed a fantastic year with the hard work put in by players, coaches and volunteers paying off.

The club was named the European Hockey Federation Club of the Year, a fantastic accolade for their development work carried out across the city.

On the playing side, both the men’s and ladies’ first teams represented Scotland in European competition and the club had representation at all national team age groups.

Four club members were selected to join the GB U/23 Development Squads. This high level of success happened alongside the continued expansion of the youth section and strengthened school links to ensure all ages and abilities are catered for. Playing, coaching, volunteering and officiating are all thriving at this well-respected club.

Kanzen Karate

Last year’s winners have had a hectic year involving high level competition, development work and the organisation of a World Championship event in June.

The club coaches 343 adults and children weekly at their dojo and, throughout 2017, introduced 8,229 primary school kids to the sport for free.

Twenty-eight club members represented Scotland at the WUKF European Championships in Romania with four of them returning as European champions in their selected disciplines. Other competitive successes included 20 international medals, 27 Scottish titles and two world champions.

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