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Banchory Trampoline and Double mini trampoline (DMT) Club.
Four members of Banchory Trampoline and DMT club, one member of Arrows, one member of Diamonds and one from Springbox (all Aberdeen(shire) based clubs) travelled to Exeter, on the weekend of 7th June, to compete for Scotland in the National Development Plan Regional finals. They joined 8 other competitors from across Scotland to make up a small but highly successful team of gymnasts. The Banchory girls did themselves, their club and the country proud, as this event was their level British championships. Gwynneth Tucker won Gold in the NDP 3 DMT 15/16 girls. Charlotte Clarke won Silver in the NDP 6 DMT 13/14 girls. Jovita Fawcett won Silver in the NDP 6 DMT 15/16 girls. Gill Harrison came 4th in a very large trampoline group of NDP 5 15/16 girls. Kim Beattie, from Aberdeen club Arrows, who trains with us in Banchory won Gold in the NDP 6 15/16 girls. Morgan James from Diamonds club in Aberdeen won Gold in a large group of 11/12 year NDP 5 girls. Of the 15 Scottish competitors a total of 7 Gold medals and 3 silver medals were won, with 5 of them coming back to this area. To top it all off, team Scotland took the silver medal place on the podium in the DMT team competition. We would like to thank Aberdeenshire council for their generous support. This was an extremely costly but very worthwhile event to attend.
Angus Wyllie Basketball Grant
Angus played at the TIM Pirineus Tournament from 2nd to 4th of May in Andorra. This is the second year that Angus has been selected for the U12 Scotland Squad. The U12 squad split into two teams for the tournament. Angus was selected for the Blue team. He was also selected as Captain for the Blue team. Team Blue won all 3 of their matches to come top of their league. They then took part in the play off semi finals, which they won and went on to play for the Gold and Silver medal position. They were beaten in the final to win the overall Silver medal.
Elgin Govan Basketball
Elgin was part of the Scotland U12 national basketball team for the TIM Pirieneus tournament in Andorra. Selection for the squad was made through the basketballscotland Future Starz programme, which ran across Scotland from September 2013 to March 2014. This development programme aims to encourage and assist young basketball players in Scotland further their skills and knowledge of the game. Having attended regional training sessions in Aberdeen, Elgin (no.12) was selected for the national team having only been playing the game for little over a year. The U12 squad, named in March, trained hard over the following eight weeks and travelled to the TIM Pirineus International Competition, which took place 2nd to 4th May 2014. Initially thoughts from coach, Miquel Vinyals, was that the team were capable of scoring and winning the odd game, but needed to work hard and work as a team to achieve.
Josh Duncan Basketball
Thank you very much for the grant; it helped fund the cost of training sessions in Stirling, Falkirk and Edinburgh for Josh as part of the Scotland Under 14s Squad. As part of Scotland Under 14s he played in the Summer Slam against teams from Spain and Northern Ireland and the team won a silver medal. We were really impressed not only with the level of skill and determination the boys had but also the sportsmanship they displayed to each other and the other teams. Josh’s selection to represent Scotland at an international event will hopefully raise the profile of Alford Basketball Club within Scotland. He played as part of the Alford Under 14s at a regional tournament last weekend and the boys worked really hard to win gold medals. Their coach, David Wylie, is dedicated to the sport and the team and puts a huge amount of effort into the training the boys. Josh’s future plans are to continue training every day to try to be selected for the Under 15s Scotland Squad. He is attending a Basketball Camp during the summer to help his development. He has been asked to train with and play at regional level for the Under 16s and Under 18s for the Grampian Aberdeen based club, Flyers, who compete against other clubs around Scotland. He is a very determined and dedicated player who is passionate about his sport.
Aboyne Judo Club Coaching Success
Club member, Kirstie McBeath attended the UKCC Level 1 Judo Course. She passed both theory and practical modules. The certificate was received in January 2014. The grant received from the Sports council enabled us to send Kirstie down to Edinburgh to participate in the Coaching Award. This was valuable to our club as it meant that we now have another club coach, which has enabled us to increase the amount of pupils on the mat at a time, as well as introduce another session. Since October the club has gone from strength to strength and our numbers have doubled. In the future we look to put another club member through their Coaching Award to expand the club further.

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