About Us

WHAT DO LET'S GET SPORTY DO?

Let's Get Sporty was founded in 2012 by Directors David Bradbury and Kevin Somerville. Our background in training and development, coach education, mentoring and leadership were brought together into a new social enterprise group. The aim is to provide an essential sport service to local communities whilst supporting young people into employment.

Let's Get Sporty launched in 2012, delivering a 9 hour a week programme at Georgetown Community Centre with 5 volunteers and one staff member. Since October 2017, Let's Get Sporty has grown to over 30 classes per week delivered across Dumfries and Galloway.

Let's Get Sporty also deliver over 12 weeks of holiday camps per year and over 70 birthday parties per year. Our after school programme consists of over 40 classes delivered across Dumfries and Galloway.

In 2016/17 Let's Get Sporty we have had 39 young people on the trainee programme. Of those 39 trainees, 31 have moved on to either further education or employment with the 8 remaining trainees still on the programme.  In 2015, Let's Get Sporty were awarded 3rd place in the European Investment Bank Institute Social Innovation Tournament in recognition for work with young people.

Let's Get Sporty has been working closely with various partners to not only increase service demand but support young people into employment- Dumfries and Galloway Council; NHS; Loreburn Housing Association; DGTAP; and Tennis Serves to name a few.

Our Family Fun Day event 2017 at the Crichton Campus was a huge success and was attended by over 2000 families. Attractions included Nerf Wars, a Train; Soccer Arena; It's a Knockout; on stage entertainment; inflatable services; segways; pony rides; nine station multi sport zone; TOTS play area; Football Golf Course; Music and more.

The Mission

What do we do?

“Let’s Get Sporty is a not for profit social enterprise based in Dumfries & Galloway. We provide young people with training, mentoring and employment opportunities through the delivery of sport & physical activity.”

Why do we do this?

In Dumfries & Galloway youth unemployment levels are high and physical activity levels are low.....this concerns us. We are focused on improving these with innovative, engaging, quality projects throughout the region.

How do we do this?

We provide young people with an individualised training programme focusing on improving their social skills, employability skills and self-confidence. They work with our staff to deliver our sport and physical activity programmes throughout the region. We pride ourselves on getting young people to develop in a professional, inspiring environment delivering quality services in their local community.

The Result

Since we were established in 2012, 96% of our trainees have progressed to a positive destination (either education or employment). In total, our trainees have delivered over 10,000 hours of sport and physical activity throughout the region.

The Team

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David Bradbury

Director (Coaching & Development)

Email - david.bradbury@letsgetsporty.com

Phone - 07838 909524

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A former pupil of Loreburn Primary and Dumfries Academy , David has a BTEC Diploma in sport and is qualified up to level 3 in football and qualified in multi sports coaching. David has worked in social care and has been coaching for over 10 years including roles with D&G Council, Celtic FC, Gretna FC and two successful spells coaching in the USA.

Kevin Somerville

Director (Policy & Resources)

Email - kevin.somerville@letsgetsporty.com

Phone - 07740 356733

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A former pupil of Calside Primary and Dumfries High , Kevin has an honours degree in sport studies from Northumbria University. Kevin doubles up his role at Let's Get Sporty with his job as lecturer in sport at D&G College. Qualified to level 3 in football and level 1 in hockey and tabletennis Kevin has over 20 years coaching experience including roles with Gretna FC, D&G Council and Scottish Borders Special Olympics team 2009.

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Craig Fergusson

Community Development Manager

Email - craig.fergusson@letsgetsporty.com

Phone - 07530292763

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A former pupil of Calside Primary and Dumfries High School, Craig has an honours degree in Sport Studies from University of Stirling. Craig is qualified in various sports including Football and Hockey. On top of that, Craig also had the opportunity to train with A.C Milan Under 15’s during a two week camp in Italy. Further experiences relate to retail and numerous awards received for outstanding customer service.

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Liam Fuller

Senior Let's Get Sporty Mentor

Email - liam.fuller@letsgetsporty.com

Phone - 07530292763

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A former pupil of St Andrews Primary and St Joseph’s Secondary, Liam has a BTEC Diploma in sport coaching and is also qualified at Basketball Level 1. Further experiences relate to coaching for 3 years as a sports coordinator at Let’s Get Sporty. Liam was also a camp coordinator and sports coach in U.S.A.

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Dayne Moore

Lochside and Lincluden Development Officer

Email - dayne.moore@letsgetsporty.com

Phone - 07530292763

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A former pupil of St Ninians and Max High Secondary, Dayne is currently completing a degree in Business Studies at Dumfries University. Dayne is qualified in multiple sports and also has experience of coaching during hours volunteered at St Ninians. Dayne is enjoying his new role at Let’s Get Sporty.

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Charlotte Thomson

Marketing Trainee

Email - charlotte.thomson@letsgetsporty.com

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A former pupil of Eastriggs Primary and Annan Academy. Charlotte also attended Dumfries and Galloway College studying creative media. Charlotte volunteers at Let’s Get sporty for 2 days and in that time, she creates posters and certificates to help promote our current projects. She is thoroughly enjoying her time at Let’s Get Sporty.

Alastair Barnes

Casual Let's Get Sporty Mentor

Email - alastair.barnes@letsgetsporty.com

Phone - 07530292763

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When did you start with Lets Get Sporty?- started as a trainee in 2015

Job title- Casual Coach/Mentor

What is your favourite sport to coach?- football

What is your favourite thing about Lets Get Sporty?- building relationships with children and watching them progress

Jazmin Cain

Casual Let's Get Sporty Mentor

Email - jazmin.cain@letsgetsporty.com

Phone - 07530292763

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When did you start with Lets Get Sporty? May 2018

Job Title- Casual Coach

What is your favourite sport to coach?- football or rugby

What is your favourite thing about Lets Get Sporty?- getting experience in coaching sports to a variety of different abilities as well as working with a great team

Emma Mckendrick

Casual Let's Get Sporty Mentor

Email - emma.mckendrick@letsgetsporty.com

Phone - 07530292763

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When did you start with Lets Get Sporty?- May 2018 but was a trainee since September 2017

Job title- Casual Coach

What is your favourite sport to coach?- Basketball and hockey

What is your favourite thing about Lets Get Sporty?- I like doing something different everyday whether it’s a different sport or location and seeing the participants gradually improve their skills and enjoy the sport they are participating in

Mairi Gordon

Mentor and Marketing Officer

Email - mairi.gordon@letsgetsporty.com

Phone - 07530292763

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When did you start with Lets Get Sporty?- May 2018

Job title- Let’s Get Sporty Mentor

What is your favourite sport to coach?- Fundamental Skills or Multisports

What is your favourite thing about Lets Get Sporty?- I enjoy meeting all the different people, from children to parents to older adults, I love getting to know them all.