DUNDEE SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY STRATEGY
IMPLEMENTATION GROUP MEETING
Held on Thursday, 2 August in the Wighton Centre, Central Library
Present: Stewart Murdoch, Director, Leisure & Communities
Ross McGuire, Sports Development Officer (Policy), L&CD
Mary Colvin, Health Promotion Programmes Manager, NHS Tayside
Merrill Smith, Head of Policy (Leisure, Culture & Communities) Chief Executive's Dept
Gary Robertson, Head of Environmental Management, Environment Department
John Whyman, Outdoor Access Officer, Environment Department
Graham Wark, Head of Leisure & Sport, L&CD
Ian McGregor, sportscotland & Tayside and Fife Sporting Partnership
Apologies: Dave Nicoll, Education Support Officer Sports Development, Education Department
Elaine Roberts, Dundee College
Ryan McAlindin, sportscotland
Paul McPate, Institute of Sport and Exercise, University of Dundee
Euan Lowe, sportscotland & Tayside and Fife Sporting Partnership
Audrey White, Sports Development Section Leader, L&CD
No. Item Action
1. Note of Meeting Held on 10 May at Brae Riding Centre for the Disabled
2. Matters Arising
2.1 Brae Riding Centre for the Disabled
The group were disappointed to hear from Mary Sneddon that the application
submitted by the Brae Centre for financial support to continue their work had
been unsuccessful. This left an on-going challenge for the group to ensure
the viability of the centre going forward.
2.2 Updating the Action Plan
Ross McGuire has received some updates from partners in relation to the
forward action plan but the response in incomplete.
Stewart asked those present, and through the minute, that members of the
Sport and Physical Activity Strategy Group assisted by sending updates to
Ross, no later than the end of August and ideally by return! All
3.1 Games Legacy Plan
The Olympic Torch visit to Dundee had been a huge success despite the
difficulties of working with the organising group. Ian advised that a Queens
Baton Rally is planned for 40 days before the Commonwealth Games in
Scotland and it is intended that the baton will spend a day in each of the local
authorities in Scotland during that period.
The group agreed that the Dundee Games Legacy Plan should be updated
post Olympic Games and that the period to do this would be between
October and Christmas 2012. Stewart/Gary
3.2 Pitch Strategy
It was noted that Gary and Ryan had met to discuss the review of pitches
and the potential for sportscotland funding over the next five years.
No. Item Action
3.3 Dundee Sports Awards
Arrangements for the 2013 event are progressing. Ross has been in touch
with Derek Welsh from the Tayside and Fife Sporting Partnership to discuss
the relationship between the city awards and the proposed regional awards.
Mary Colvin was optimistic that NHS Tayside would be able to support the
awards, particularly if there was a clear opportunity for them to promote
individuals and initiatives being taken to promote physical activity and
wellbeing. She agreed to meet with Ross to discuss further. Mary/Ross
3.4 Sports Hub Development
Ross confirmed that Dundee East (based in Whitton Park) and Dundee West
(based in Charlotte Street) had both become Scottish Charitable
It was likely that Craigie (based in Huntley Square) would follow suit very
Discussions around Caird Park and Dundee West continue.
There had been a good initial meeting with representatives of water sports
clubs to discuss a Tay Estuary water sports hub.
It was unlikely that the High School sports hub proposal would progress and
there were concerns about the way in which individual sports clubs in the
Lochee area had used spots hub discussions to profile their own interests.
There was a brief discussion about the difficulty of supporting development
which ultimately was not controlled by any one individual or agency. The
balance between development and control would remain a challenge in
The group agreed that it was important that the Sports Development Team
developed a media protocol for those involved in this work to minimise the
chance of individuals speaking without reference to the group that they were
part of. Audrey/Ross
3.5 Dundee Booklet
Progress with the rollout of the online booking system continues, albeit
4. Facilities Update
4.1 New Olympia
The project continues to progress well. There have been a range of
inevitable challenges given the complexity of the building but it is still
anticipated opening early in 2013, February looks more likely that January.
4.2 Regional Gymnastics Centre
The position with the Gymnastics Centre is complex. The roofing contractor
went into liquidation and as a result there has been a protracted delay in
completing roof works.
This has had a knock on effect to remedial work required for the pits and for
fit out. As a consequence, the best estimate was that the facility would be
available for use from late October onwards.
No. Item Action
Merrill agreed to work with Ross to ensue that key stakeholders were advised
on the position. Merrill/Ross
4.3 DISC Pitches
The new pitches have proven to be very popular and forward bookings are
strong. A policy of use was eventually agreed and there had been no issues
with sports clubs or the national governing bodies in relation to
implementation of this policy.
4.4 Velodrome at Caird Park
Sign off on the contract is expected on 7 August. The cycling fraternity are
still seeking further developments which are outwith the original specification
and ultimately this would become their responsibility if a lease is agreed.
The budget for the development of MUGAs has been discussed further and it
is likely that there may be some improvements made to existing tennis courts
as part of an overall programme of developing MUGAs and tennis courts
within the city.
In some cases external funding is being sought for this work.
4.6 Lynch Sports Centre and DISC
Leisure & Culture Dundee have indicated their priorities for capital
expenditure on these buildings. Further work undertaken by City
Development has suggested that a full roof replacement at Lynch may not be
necessary and the budget identified for this could be reinvested in other
4.7 National Performance Centre
Following an option appraisal the City Council had determined that Caird
Park was the preferred location for a National Performance Centre. This
would include a full size indoor pitch, training facilities and hotel
The development team are to visit St George’s park to look at the facilities
which exist in England and to learn from their experience.
The business plan and links with hoteliers is being taken forward by City
The groundwork for the bid has been done and the final shaping of the bid
will be fine tuned once bid guidelines are published.
5. Cycling, Walking and Safer Cities
The success of the marathon and half marathon was noted.
A cycling route between St Mary’s and Lochee and Dudhope Park and the
City Centre will be taken forward as part of the safer streets initiative during
The Outdoor Access Strategy has completed consultation and a final report
is under preparation.
No. Item Action
6. Outdoor Learning Strategy
The Outdoor Learning Strategy has also completed consultation and will go
to Dundee City Council for approval on 20 August.
7. Play Areas and Allotments
Stewart had received an enquiry from Scottish Parliament in relation to
implementation of the city’s Play Strategy. This has been referred to Peter
Sandwell in the Environment Department.
Work to integrate play areas and allotment strategies with local community
8. Physical Activity and Health Alliance
Mary advised that the initiative was focused initially very much around NHS
staff and ‘getting staff active’. A communication plan has been approved and
a number of initiatives are planned to support and roll out the strategy.
9. Healthy Lifestyles Seminar – Tuesday, 21 August
The group then went over the attendance list and outline programme for the
seminar which is to take place later this month.
It was remitted to Mary and Stewart to allocate members of the Strategy Mary C/
Group to facilitate table top discussion. Stewart
Speakers will be invited to arrive early enough that they can be informal
discussion from 1.15 pm. The seminar is programmed to start at 2.00 pm.
Preparation in advance of the seminar includes:
Development of some background information on the strategy, the action
plan and the outcome of our monitoring of performance. Stewart/Ross
Preparation of a facilities map showing the distribution of the facilities in
Briefing of speakers. Mary/Stewart
10.1 Ryan had apologised for the meeting but indicated that the Facilities Planning
Model (FPM) planning tool used to establish indicative levels of demand for
sports facilities based on demography, travel times and sports participation
rates was now available through sportsscotland.
It was also noted that there is to be a national audit of sports facilities in the
national school estate and that this is being commissioned by sportscotland
and is expected to be presented early 2013.
10.2 23 and a Half Hours Per Day
"23 and a half hours per day" by Dr Mike Evans which demonstrates the
importance of physical activity is widely promoted by Dr Andrew Murray. He
will refer to it at the seminar on the 21st. It lasts about 7 minutes and has a
big impact and I would encourage our members to watch it and disseminate
to others.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUaInS6HIGo .
The AHP Directors announced a national "pledge" to increase physical
activity in the population of Scotland. The pledge states "We will work with a
range of partners to increase the level of physical activity in Scotland".
Further information on the pledge can be accessed by clicking here.
The Physical Activity and Health Alliance at national level are developing a
plan that will see the assessment and intervention for getting people active
fully embedded into the NHS in Scotland. As an employer the NHS in
Scotland will be an exemplar in the promotion of workplace physical activity.
A recent evidence paper stating the importance of physical activity and the
merits of delivering physical activity brief advice and brief interventions in
primary care was compiled by Dr Graeme Scobie Public Health Adviser NHS
Health Scotland The Dundee Sport and Physical Activity strategy group will
explore this with stakeholders at the seminar on the 21st August.
The key points from this paper are as follows:
Physical activity has both disease prevention and management
Even moderate physical activity helps to prevent and manage many
There is a strong economic case for promoting physical activity (including
considerable cost savings to the NHS in Scotland) in the healthcare
There are direct benefits of investing in physical activity programmes –
these include brief advice, brief intervention, and to a lesser extent,
Brief advice/brief interventions which are delivered by trained GPs or
health professionals can be effective.
There is new evidence available that still questions the effectiveness of
exercise referral schemes.
11. Date of Next Meeting
Thursday, 1 November 2012 at 10.00 am in the Wighton Centre, Level 2,