Community Sports Hubs

SPORT American Football LOCATION Meggetland Sports Complex, Union Canal
AGE GROUPSHigh schoolsTRAINING TIMESWednesday 3:30pm to 5pm

The Colinton Barbarians are an American Football Club based out of Meggetland Sports Complex. They are made up of high school students from Boroughmuir, Firrhill and Tynescastle High Schools. They are part of several teams around central scotland ran by TOUCHDOWN UK. For more information on TOUCHDOWN UK please see the information below.

TOUCHDOWN UK – What we do…

TouchDown UK is an SCIO based in Fife, Scotland, promoting physical health and wellbeing through the involvement of young people in sport in general and American Football in particular.

Set up in 2012, TouchDown UK has built on the previous work of Trust Founder and Lead Coach Tom Cramb, who has been working as a community based sports coach in Edinburgh and across Scotland since 2006.  The Trust seeks to build schools and community programmes in partnership with local bodies to engage young people in the sport, and developing locally based teams to allow young people to fulfil their full potential within the sport. TouchDown UK also has strong links to the UK League teams, at U-16, U-19, University and Adult levels which allow a pathway for participants to play the game at the highest available level.

In our first year, TouchDown UK set up and supported 3 schools teams, ran 5 inter scholastic tournaments, offered taster sessions to over 1000 school pupils, engaged 165 players across our school clubs and ran a further 6 short term programmes in primary and secondary schools. We were also involved in 2 summer events, both with partners with which we have a long standing relationship.  Although not all of the short term programmes have developed as we would have liked, we will be launching 2 further community teams in the 2013-14 school session and running a 6 team league in Eastern/Central Scotland.

Sessions can be non-contact (known as ‘flag’) or fully kitted and offered as a ‘taster’ during activity weeks or as a one off in curriculum time or on a longer term basis over a number of weeks as required by the community partner. Although our primary community is of High School age, we also run programmes and ‘taster’ sessions for the p5-p7 age group in primary schools.  We are looking to source school and community teams wherever possible, using qualified from the local area or helping to facilitate coach training where required.

All coaches are either fully qualified and insured or working under the direct supervision of coaches who are.  The Lead Coach has had regular PVG updates and is a qualified emergency first aider.  There is a basic expenses cost to cover ‘taster’ sessions, with all other costs based on the specific details of the programme required.


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