Sports personalities are set to be recognised at the 25th anniversary annual Dundee Sportsman’s Dinner later this year.
The special anniversary event will take place on Wednesday 20 September 2017 at the city’s Invercarse Hotel, and features a strong lineup of sporting legends and headline speakers.
Organisers are calling out for nominations for local sportspeople and those who go the extra mile to help clubs and sports groups in the Tayside area grow.
This year’s headline speakers include former Wales international Dean Saunders, who played with Liverpool and Aston Villa in the English Premier League in 1990s. He will be joined by one of Scotland's finest After Dinner Speakers, Eric Davidson, who since joining the Scottish After Dinner circuit has picked up several awards along the way. This year will see Willie Allan host the charity dinner again after his success in past years.
Gavin Garden, chair of the Dundee Sportsman’s Dinner organising committee, said: “This year the Sportsman’s Dinner is set to be a fantastic event especially since we are celebrating our 25th anniversary.
“It’s really important that we get to celebrate local sporting talent and recognise their efforts. I would also like to thank our main sponsors who ensure this event continues, and who without their support we would not be here celebrating 25 years.”
The organisers have promised that it will be a truly winning night with great food, entertainment and company.
The Dundee Sportsman’s Dinner, sponsored by law firm Thorntons, Brewin Dolphin, DWK Office Solutions and Bank of Scotland, not only recognises local sporting successes but also raises vital funds for local sports clubs in the area. Since the dinner launched in 1992, it has raised a total of £380,000.
Awards are presented for International Sportsperson, Junior Sportsperson and Outstanding Contribution. Anyone seeking more information should visit the dinner’s website www.dundeesportsmansdinner.co.uk to find out more.
Leading sports broadcaster Hazel Irvine and football legend Frank McAvennie have been announced as the headline speakers at one of Tayside’s longest running charity events.
The 24th annual Dundee Sportsman’s Dinner, which raises vital funds for local sports clubs in the area, will take place at the Invercarse Hotel on September 16. The charity dinner, sponsored by local law firm Thorntons, Brewin Dolphin, DWK Office Solutions and Bank of Scotland, will once again be hosted by the renowned after-dinner personality Willie Allan.
Hazel Irvine, who leads the BBC’s golf and snooker coverage, will be joined by West Ham and Celtic legend Frank McAvennie in speaking at the event.
Frank said: “I’m looking forward to joining Hazel and Willie at what promises to be a top class fundraising event “Encouraging sports at a grass roots level is hugely important, and it is great to be able to help in any way I can”.
Gavin Garden, chair of the Dundee Sportsman’s Dinner organising committee, said: “The Dundee Sportsman’s Dinner is a fantastic occasion that everybody looks forward to. “Once again, we can look forward to an excellent line-up of sports personalities and it gives me great pleasure to welcome both Hazel and Frank to this year’s event. “With the continuing support of local businesses, the event has been able to raise a huge amount of money for local sports organisations over the years – but this year we are aiming to make it better than ever.”
Funding generated by the event is used to fund a wide range of trips, competitions, equipment and coaching for local sports clubs. The dinner also recognises the achievements of local sports people. Awards are presented on the night to Local ‘International’ Sports Personality and the PS Ridgway Trophy for Young Local Sports Personality.
Tickets for the event are now on sale. More information is available on the dinner’s website www.dundeesportsmansdinner.co.uk