Sports and leisure
Dunblane's original Golf Course, laid out by Old Tom Morris and opened in 1892
In January 2019, local sports historian, Andy Mitchell, gave a talk to Dunblane Local History Society about the town's fantastic sporting heritage
Today, of course, Dunblane has a great sporting hall of fame. One immediately thinks of Andy and Jamie Murray, who have brought considerable prestige to the town, but there are many other sporting giants among us. To name just a few:
* Fiona Brown and Frankie Brown could be part of the Scotland women’s football squad at the World Cup this summer
* Louise Martin (made a Dame in the recent honours list) is president of the Commonwealth Games Federation
* Elaine Hopley rowed across the Atlantic in record time
* Callum Davidson, now coaching, played for Scotland at football, having also represented Scotland at golf and tennis as a boy
* Grant McPherson was an ice hockey ace
That list could easily be added to.
Yet there was a time when sport was even more of an integral part of life here.
Dunblane offered an extraordinary range of sporting opportunities in the 19th century. Despite the town population being less than a third of what it is now, there were clubs for curling, bowling, football, golf, cricket, quoiting, cycling and angling. There were annual sports meetings each summer, shooting competitions for the Volunteers, and Dunblane Hydro boasted a tennis court and a croquet lawn.
Click here to download a pdf of Andy's talk about those sporting activities, as he attempted to explain why Dunblane had such a vibrant athletic culture, and reveal that some of our Victorian sporting heritage is still with us, even though you may not have noticed it.
Curling pond laid out in Dunblane's Laigh Hills in the 1830s - the site layout is still visible
Dunblane FC in 1888, with the Perthshire Cup, a trophy they won 12 times
having fun and getting muddy. Sometimes it’s most fun in the rain. Every member gets their own ‘team name’ and most have this proudly printed on the back of their training kit. It’s a special moment (or a difficult one, depending on your point of view) for parents to see their little darling transformed into ‘Crusher’, ‘The Missile’ or ‘The Hawk’, and it all adds to the fun and team spirit!
This is an SRU initiative to get support for grass roots rugby and aims to encourage more girls and boys into rugby. This involved obstacle courses, cross bar challenges, tackle the parent and other fun games, all helping the kids understand the basics of rugby.
Primary 4 National Champions 2018 (@Dundee Eagles)
From L to R Back Row (Backs): Brodie Horne, Oscar Underwood, Joel Gudgeon, Archie Colquhoun.
From L to R Front Row (Forwards): Blane Forbes-Hayes, Jamie Suttie, Bruce Fowler, Jake Johnston, Calvin McIntyre.
Primary 5 National Champions 2018 (@Dundee Eagles)
Primary 5 Coach – Andrew Fowler
From L to R Back Row (Backs): Kier Mather, Sandy Bateman, Alastair Ruskell, Archie Little, Ruaraidh Fowler.
From L to R Front Row (Forwards): Thomas Picton, AJ MacMillian, Jamie Campbell, JJ McIntyre.
These great performances have meant that the club is one of seven clubs to be selected by the SRU to take part in a Festival of Rugby at the Oriam Facility in Edinburgh. This festival will be filmed throughout and used as part of the SRU’s development programme internationally.
Up the Mighty!!!
What is Nia ? It is a 30 year old worldwide form of movement for fitness and health - adaptable for all kinds of personal goals, age and fitness levels. Each Nia Teacher brings their own essence to the form inspired and informed by a worldwide and Scottish community of teachers and trainers.
Why have you never heard of Nia ? - it is not pushed as the next and only thing but rather has grown low-profile through, well really just people loving it. Investment is instead in constant improvement and teacher training.
What is Special about it ? - too much to tell you here - but 3 things are:-
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* the glorious music
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Welcome to our buggy and bump walks in Stirling, Bridge of Allan and Dunblane. All walks are free and are on every week, even during the school holidays. Our walks are for parents and mums to be. All our walks are led by qualified walk leaders. Meet other new parents and babies, improve your fitness and join us at one of our new buggy walks from our new buggy walking group. Walks run across Stirling, are FREE for parents, grandparents, childminders or carers and are led by qualified walk leaders . Each walk finishes at a venue where you can stop for a coffee and chat afterwards, and share your new parent experiences with others.
Dunblane Fencing Club is a family focused community based club.
We welcome fencers from beginners to serious competitors.
We meet on Mondays 6-9 pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6-8 pm at Dunblane High School.
Dunblane Soccer Club has been providing children in and around the Dunblane area a chance to participate in development football since our founding in 2000. We are one of the largest community hubs in Scotland with over 300 footballers aged 6 to 18 in our youth sections and Girls team. We also have an 18+ Amateur team and offer 50+ Walking Football. Get in touch to find out more.