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The Dava Way links the 24 miles between Forres and Grantown mostly following the route of the dismantled Highland Railway Line. It is recognised as one of Scotlands Great Trails and is used by thousands of walkers, cyclists and horse riders each year. It is maintained by members of the Forres-based Dava Way Association and funded by donations and occasional grants from local and national charities. The Association organises monthly maintenance days to clear drainage and cut back undergrowth and fallen trees so that the path remains usable.
As well as maintenance tasks, the volunteers are progressively improving the track as and when funding permits. Key to the ongoing success of the Dava Way is the team of volunteers who give their time to maintain the trail. Please consider joining the team on a regular or even occasional basis.
Volunteers are essential to the running of Strathmore Cricket Club enabling children, young people and adults to get involved and raise participation in this great sport.
There are a variety of roles that you can get involved in as a:
- Building Manager
- Ground Convener
If you have skills in any of these areas and want to help a local sports organisation provide sports and social opportunities for people of all ages, get in touch to find out more.
In 2018 and 2019, Strathmore Cricket Club ran cricket events exclusively for girls and women. These events had two elements:
· CricHit – which is an exercise and fitness programme specifically developed for females
· Softball Cricket – cricket games played with a softball
The club plans to develop cricket for girls and women in 2020 and needs volunteers to help it do that. The club’s ambition is to establish regular girls and women’s sessions.
CricHit – we would like to recruit and train volunteers who can deliver this programme to groups of girls and women. We would like to see the programme offered as an extra-curricular activity in school and on a regular basis at the club and in the community.
Softball Cricket - This is the fastest growing aspect of the sport of cricket, in Scotland and across the world. We want to make sure that Forfar is part of that development. Girls’ and Women’s softball sessions are intended to be fun and social events. They normally include a mix of activities and games – with plenty of time for participants to socialise. They are flexible and try to take account of what participants want to do. For those who want to play more competitive games, sessions can be adjusted to make this possible. Strathmore Cricket Club is seeking to establish regular sessions at the club
We are also keen to develop sessions at Forfar Academy – open to students and staff and have run some sessions for Brownie and Guide Groups in the past so the possibilities for this new venture are endless!
To take these opportunities forward we also need volunteers in different roles, including to:
· Promote and market programmes
· Organise the cricket activities
· Organise the social elements of events – music, catering etc
This opportunity would be of interest to people interested in sports development, youth work, hospitality, marketing and promotion as well as for girls and women with an interest in fitness and sport.
Strathmore Cricket Club has a number of volunteering opportunities to offer to young people and adults working with people of different ages. This opportunity would be suitable for someone with an interest in working with children – in childcare, education or sports development
Dynamos Cricket - Dynamos Cricket is a programme for 9-11-year olds, which is played with a soft ball. It provides an introduction to playing the game of cricket and offers some opportunity for skills development – but the primary emphasis is still on fun and positive experiences.
Dynamos Cricket at Strathmore runs on Friday evenings from May to mid-August outdoors and then moves indoors in the winter.
This opportunity would be suitable for someone with an interest in working with children – in childcare, education or sports development. No prior knowledge or experience of playing cricket is required - full training for role provided.