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ArabTRUST Help Launch New Schools Programme

The new Dundee United Community Schools Coaching programme was formally launched last week by Programme Manager Dave Bowman, Garry Kenneth and ArabTRUST, the principal sponsor and partner of the new community initiative. ArabTRUST has made a generous sponsorship donation of £10,000 to ensure the scheme gets off to the best possible start and to provide all of the schoolchildren who participate in the scheme with exclusive, bespoke, training kit.


The new schools programme will deliver professional coaching, by Dave Bowman and Dundee United squad players, to primary and secondary schools in the Dundee catchment area. The programme will also encourage fitness and healthy lifestyles and, moreover, emphasise complementary social awareness issues. Sessions will be available initially by way of pre or after school clubs and are already running very successfully at many local primary schools and at Websters’ HS in Kirriemuir. Any school or organisation interested in learning more about this exciting new initiative should contact Dave Bowman at


Dave Bowman said, “I’ve been delighted at the interest and response received from schools so far. There is clearly not only a very real demand for this type of scheme in our schools, but also for it to be delivered professionally, preferably by a local club such as Dundee United and from professional players who the children can identify with.


This is something that many supporters, including ArabTRUST, have said that Dundee United should do more of in the local community and I’m therefore delighted to have the Trust on board as principal sponsor and partner. The scheme is not being viewed by the Club as a profit earner, but rather a community benefit; however it obviously needs to cover its costs as much as possible. The sponsorship of the Trust will go towards this and allow us to provide exclusive kit to all the kids who participate. I’d like to thank them and all the other founder sponsors for their invaluable support.”