Published: 20th July 2018
Football will once again be available free to disadvantaged young people across Dundee this season thanks to the generosity of Dundee United FC and its fans.
For over a decade the Club, its supporters, the Dundee United Community Trust (DUCT) charity (previously United for All) and Dundee City Council have joined forces to give away free season tickets for Tannadice.
This year, younger supporters will also have the chance to sign up to Dundee United's new “Junior Tangerines” supporters’ club as part of the initiative.
The City’s Lord Provost Ian Borthwick, Chief Social Work Officer Jane Martin, DUFC Chairman Mike Martin and DUFC Associate Director Colin Stewart united at Tannadice today with the full First Team Squad and Management to hand over 400 season tickets.
Lord Provost Ian Borthwick said: "In Dundee we are committed to ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’ and their families. This means no matter your background or circumstances, children, young people and families should have the same opportunities and chances as anyone.
“We have had excellent feedback from the children and parents who attended last year.
“There are huge benefits to the children and families who use these tickets. It creates time for families to bond together, incentivises participation and achievement from our young people and allows some our most deprived children to access the same activities and experiences as their peers. These tickets start the journey not only of a lifelong attachment to Dundee United but of pride and a connection to the City of Dundee itself.”
The United for Kids appeal was originally suggested by exiled fan Dr Andy Holt living in Canada and was launched at the end of June 2005, with the Club pledging to match every penny donated to the appeal by fans.
Mike Martin, on behalf of DUFC said: “The Club is very proud of this long-standing initiative and is very happy to again provide the tickets to the individual families identified by staff at the Council’s Children & Families Service.”
David Dorward, on behalf of DUCT said: “This initiative is so worthwhile, and the Community Trust is proud to continue to support it. Creating opportunities for these youngsters is only possible with the continued generosity of the United fans.”
If you wish to contribute toward United for Kids, please follow this link.