Attn: Newsdesks / sports reporters

For immediate release: Saturday 13 August 2016

SALMOND SUPPORTS GUERRILLA DODGEBALL REVOLUTION IN NORTH EAST 

MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond has praised local dodgeball team, the Granite City Guerrillas, for their work in the community. 

The Guerrillas, who were founded in 2012,  are the reigning Scottish UK Dodgeball Association Champions and the club has also played at three UK National Championships. 

Recently, the club received a 'Sports Scotland Awards for All' grant for £1680. The grant, awarded to projects which involve bringing local people together, encourage learning, improving local spaces and getting people more active, went towards hall hire, equipment and funding Scotland's first ladies dodgeball team. Since mid-July, the side has been actively recruiting and holding weekly training sessions. The squad is now comprised of 20 members. 

The next goal is for their ladies team to compete at the club's charity tournament which is set to be held in October, where teams will clash as they bid to secure the Iain McLean Memorial Cup. 

The tournament will be held to support of MND Scotland and in memory of Mr McLean, father to squad member Chris. Sport Aberdeen donated the use of their games-hall free of charge for the event, which aims to raise £1000. 

Commenting, Mr Salmond said: 

"I was delighted to see the Granite City Guerrillas receive their grant, which will go a long way to helping them continue their excellent community work. It is also extremely encouraging to hear of their tournament in aid of MND Scotland, a truly worthy cause. 
The effort they have put into this club proves that they are anything but average joes, and I'd urge anyone interested to get themselves involved. I'll add that I am aware of the club's invitation to join them for a game. Watch this space, you may one day see my name on their Sudden Death leaderboard." 

Granite City Guerrillas Club Secretary, Peter Watt, said: 

"We really appreciate Alex’s support for our club and the activities we are undertaking. Our aim is to provide our community with a way to stay healthy out with the mainstream sports readily available.
"Dodgeball is a sport for all – it requires no special equipment or prior knowledge to take part – and our club is always welcoming new players. Our club has grown by more than 200% this year alone and we hope we can continue to expand the club and the sport locally in the coming years."

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

Mixed sessions are held on Monday 8pm – 10pm at the Jesmond Sports Centre and Ladies only sessions are on Wednesday 8.30pm – 10pm at Danestone Community Centre.

Training is open to all players, both male and female. Training is very informal and involves mainly games. Guidance on how to throw, catch, dodge and the rules of the games is available from one of the club's 10 UKDBA qualified coaches.

Additionally, the club has a number of projects ongoing including working with Active Schools to get dodgeball into local schools.

The club offered free sessions to people facing redundancy. 

For more information, their website can be found here: www.granitecityguerrillas.co.uk

Their Facebook page can be found here: www.facebook.com/TheGraniteCityGuerrillas