About Us

The Journey

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

Let's Get Sporty Mentor

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.

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Natasha Humphries

Let's Get Sporty Mentor

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A former pupil of Loreburn Primary and Dumfries Academy. Tasha has both a HNC & HND in Coaching and Developing Sport. Currently she is in 3rd year of the Sports Coaching degree at University of the West of Scotland (Hamilton). Tasha has an UKCC Level 1 in Curling and also 2 years coaching experience on the Let's Get Sporty trainee programme.

Lewis Gilmour

Casual Let's Get Sporty Mentor

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Lewis joined Let's Get Sporty in October 2017. Lewis has a keen interests in lots of sports including Tennis. Lewis completed his HNC in Sport Coaching and Development and is currently working towards his HND in Sport Coaching at Dumfries and Galloway College. Look out for Lewis out and about in the community.

Heather Thomson

Casual Let's Get Sporty Mentor

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Heather went to Eastriggs Primary, where she got involved in sport from a young age. She has spent 4 years at Dumfries and Galloway college where she has completed BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Sport, BTEC Level 3 in Sport, HNC Sports Coaching and Developing Sport and HND Sports Coaching and Developing Sport. She was on the Let's Get Sporty trainee programme where she gained vital skills of coaching and now enjoys her time as a casual sports coach as well as volunteering at her old primary.