Christmas Party!

The NKSDG Christmas Party spirit was in full effect at the Maryhill Club on Sunday! Many thanks to Freddie for hosting us! The DJ was playing some cracking festive 'floorfillers' with some tremendous dance moves on display.  This was the case during Musical Statues which always catches someone out for cutting one too many shapes.  Look out for Santa busting some moves!

Many thanks to Fiona Cole and Kirsten MacFarlane for helping to run the party games! Thanks to Ross Nicol for giving us four trays of sandwiches which added to the Dominos pizza order we had on the table. Of course our special guest Mr. S. Claus was in town also and brought his festive goodies for the NK players. 

A great time was had by all and from all at NK United and NKSDG a big thank you to everyone who donated prizes for the raffle which was greatly appreciated as always with some great prizes up for grabs. We wish you all a happy holidays! 


Job Advert: Academy Coordinator

Job Title: North Kelvin Academy Coordinator


Hours per Week:        30 Hours per week. Monday to Friday. 12:00noon – 6pm.

Rate of Pay:                £12 per hour

Responsible to:          Management Committee

Post Duration:            June 2019 (Minimum)


Purpose of the Post

The successful applicant will coordinate the new North Kelvin Academy after-school project. The NK Academy will engage young people from the north-west of Glasgow in the pursuit of sporting excellence through participation in games, skill mastery and technical training in a variety of sports. The coordinator will also be responsible for overseeing the delivery of workshops and activities that promote personal and social development and develop positive lifestyle choices. This new project is supported by the Scottish Government’s Aspiring Communities Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF).  

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee the delivery of the North Kelvin Academy at 3 delivery sites in the north-west of Glasgow
  • Create an NKA curriculum to be delivered at each delivery site
  • Recruit and train a team of project workers to deliver the NKA curriculum
  • Provide ongoing training and support to all project workers
  • Maintain a strong social media presence using the social media strategy
  • Regular contact with the funder and ensure all reporting deadlines are submitted on time
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with participating schools
  • Abide by the club ethos and philosophy
  • Promote the improvement of coaching standards and the qualifications of coaches
  • Abide by and promote sound ethics and club policy, child protection, fair play and equal opportunities to all members
  • Report monthly to the management committee
  • Any relevant club business as directed by the club management committee

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree in sport or community education
  • Relevant sports coaching qualifications
  • Project management experience
  • Experience of delivering educational workshops
  • Strong leadership, organisational and communication skills
  • Enhanced PVG clearance


Applications should take the form of a detailed CV with a covering letter explaining why the candidate is suitable for the job.

Deadline for applications will be 5pm on Friday 17th November.



Tel:   0141 946 0603                 Twitter: @NorthKelvin            


Halloween Party

This October saw North Kelvin host their first Halloween party in the Maryhill Club. After much debate and feedback from our parents it was decided to go ahead and hold our first ever party at this time of year. With parents instrumental in running the party it was sure to be a great day and this was how it turned out.

We asked that all the kids and parents dress up and for the most part everyone did. We had club coordinator, John Burns, dressed as a Ghostbuster, committee member Joanne White dressed as a scary nun! We also had Witches, Mexican’s, Mad Scientists and club chairman Mark Adams and his partner Pauline Robertson dressed as Donald and Melania Trump plus many more.

With scary prizes for the winners of the party games everyone was taking part and this included some of our big kids i.e. [parents] who were taking the dance off very seriously but was great to see everyone having a good time.

We have to thank everyone who came along to make it such a great day and to Joanne White and Susan Gow for taking the time and effort to make food, arrange party games and keep all the kids big and small entertained over the day.

We hope that this event will stay on the calendar next year as we look to establish it in the calendar.


Club Open Night on 24th October: Benview Campus at 6pm

Following the club’s September meeting, it has been agreed that it would be beneficial for all if we were to hold a club open night in October. It is an invitation for club members’ parents/guardians to meet and discuss any concerns or matters they have, regarding the club, with coaches and committee members. We’re happy to speak to people informally on a one to one or as a group basis, whatever suits attendees. It will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 24thOctober at Benview Campus (usual training time) - Parents will have the opportunity to find out more about how the club is run and how we hope to progress in the future.

Issues that may be discussed are Funding, Fundraising, Player Development, Coaching etc. We’ll be happy to review and explain the club’s position on all matters and we also welcome any feedback and suggestions on how we can progress. We recognise that it’s people who make the club what it is and we want everyone involved to feel they play an important part to ensure the club keeps moving forward.

Please note your interest in attending to John Burns - - thank you.

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Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal: NKS Donate to Lithunian children

The Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal has been donating to children’s charities in every country that the Scotland National team has played in since 2003.  That’s 63 consecutive donations - with not a game missed!

In early September they will be donating £5000 to a children’s sports club in Vilnius when Scotland travel to play a crucial World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.  The Sunshine Appeal put a shout out for any organisations who would be willing to donate second-hand football strips that could be used by the kids in Vilnius.  North Kelvin Sports stepped up to the mark and have donated over 20 football tops and some shorts.  These will be couriered to Vilnius and will be there for the Scotland fans arriving at the donation presentation.

It closes a circle in a way. WESTA are longtime supporters of both North Kelvin Sports and the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal.  Purchase of the football tops was assisted by WESTA donations, and now North Kelvin Sports are supporting the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal. What goes around comes around.

John Daly (Trustee of the Sunshine Appeal) came to North Kelvin Sports and met with John Burns to pick up the strips. Mr Daly said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the folk here have found a way to support, not just the Sunshine Appeal, but kids in Vilnius who are struggling to get kitted out for their games. It’s deeply appreciated”

John Daly & John Burns with the strip donation

John Daly & John Burns with the strip donation

Funders: Thank You

NKSDG would like to thank the Foyle Foundation for their donation of £5000 towards sustaining the post of Volunteer Coordinator. We would also like to publicly thank the other organisations that have previously funded, and continue to fund, the Volunteer Coordinator post including the Volunteer Action Fund, the Robertson Trust and the Gannochy Trust.

The role is vital at our organisation and oversees all 10 of our team’s coaches and volunteers to help them progress. We have at present 18 coach volunteers and 10 non-coach volunteers that have been recruited since May 2016. Their roles vary depending on their skills and the coordinator makes sure that all coaches remain current with coach education, first aid and in delivering training we expect as a club. A large part of the role is retaining coaches and developing them, making sure all our teams are registered to the leagues and the SYFA.
The biggest achievement has been to add a volunteer training qualification called Community Achievement Awards which are equivalent to a Higher. We plan to link with two schools to encourage pupils in Sixth Year to add real value to their CVs using this qualification.

Thanks again to all our funders!

Job Opportunity: Project Officer

Job Opportunity: Project Officer


The North Kelvin Sports Development Group are a registered charity based in north-west Glasgow with the stated aims of inclusiveness, opportunity and access for all. As a grass-roots organisation we offer our entire community sports participation, education and coaching and volunteering opportunities allowing the whole community to benefit from the opportunities provided by the organisation.

The group also run North Kelvin Utd, a well-established Scottish FA Quality Mark Community which provides weekly football coaching and games for teams at Fun 4s, 7 a-side and 11 a-side including a Girls and Adult team. 


Job Title: Project Coordinator  

Hours per Week:             21 hours per week. Monday – Thursday. May also include evenings and weekends.

This is a temporary post and is currently funded until 31st March 2018.

Additional hours may be available through club community projects, including holiday camps, subject to availability.

Rate of Pay:                      £12 per hour

Responsible to:                Management Committee  

The club's motto is 'Oportunitas', coming from the Latin meaning: fitness, advantage and opportunity.


Purpose of the Post

The post will require the Project Coordinator to manage and deliver North Kelvin’s community projects; Fit and Able, holiday camps and the extremely successful Bridges and Barriers anti-sectarian project.  Working with the Project Supervisor, the role will ensure the ongoing success of the projects department and maintaining its high standards and reputation as the club staff moves through a year of transition. The role will also include: assisting club staff with day to day operations, general office administration, and social media.


Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan and be lead deliverer of North Kelvin Sports community projects
  • Maintain effective planning, monitoring and reporting of all community projects
  • Liaise with the committee to ensure that all tasks required to run the project efficiently are carried out on a monthly basis.
  • Motivate staff and volunteers through recognition and feedback.
  • Assist staff with day to day operations and office administration
  • Maintain a strong social media presence using the social media strategy
  • Abide by and promote sound ethics and club policy, child protection, fair play and equal opportunities to all members

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum Scottish FA Level 2 Qualification (Children’s Award/C Licence)
  • Relevant professional qualification in Sport or Community Education
  • ·Community project experience
  • ·Understanding of sports equity
  • Enhanced PVG clearance



Applications should take the form of a detailed CV with a covering letter explaining why the candidate is suitable for the job.

Deadline for applications will be 5pm on Monday 10th July




Tel:        0141 946 0603

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