May 252017

With thanks to Clare Scott, Communications Consultant, CJS Communication & Marketing.

A long trip south proved more than worthwhile for a group of north-east wrestlers, with several among their number ascending all the way to the medallists’ podium.

Wrestlers from Oldmeldrum-based V Wrestling Academy won a number of medals at the recent English Junior Wrestling Championships at Thames Valley Athletic Centre in Eton.

11-year-old Colby Taylor struck gold in the 41k category. His fellow club members Leon Etko and Erin Mortimer added to V Wrestling’s medal haul taking silver and bronze in the 37k and 67k categories respectively.

There was further success for V Wrestling Academy in the Veterans’ Championships, which took place over the same weekend. Club member Keith Mortimer returned to Aberdeenshire with a silver medal in the 90k category.

Head coach Vio Etko accompanied the team along with his fellow coach Nicolae Cojocaru.

He said:

“This was a long trip to make for some of our younger wrestlers but they certainly rose to the occasion.

“As well as showing commitment and focus while competing, they all demonstrated great team spirit and camaraderie. The medals are the icing on the cake of a really great developmental experience.”

Leon Etko (12) repeated his silver medal success with a second placing in the 35k category of the recent International Tournament Calarasi Cup in Moldova.

Leon’s achievement in Moldova replicates that of his father and coach Vio Etko, who won the silver medal 25 years prior in the same event.

V Wrestling Academy is based at ETKO Sports Academy in Oldmeldrum. Head coach Vio Etko is a seven-time British wrestling champion and the current Commonwealth Games bronze medal holder. He is also a former winner of Aberdeenshire Sport Council’s Coach of the Year award.

Further information on V Wrestling Academy’s coaching programmes is available by calling ETKO Sports Academy on 01651 873876.

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Feb 272015

Alex Salmond and Paul LawrieWith thanks to Ann-Marie Parry.

Aberdeenshire East MSP, Alex Salmond has welcomed a £100,000 funding boost for the Paul Lawrie Match Play which will take place at Murcar Links Golf Club in Aberdeenshire this July.

The event will involve a 64 main field competing for a £1m euro prize.

Scotland will now host four full European Tour events in 2015, more than any other country in the continent.

The £100,000 investment will be managed through VisitScotland and will help raise the profile of the new event.

Alex Salmond said:

“Aberdeenshire is renowned for its world-class golf courses and I am very pleased that this event will help to showcase the best the region has to offer to both visitors and locals.

“Aberdeen played host to its first European Tour event last year with the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and I am delighted that the Scottish Government is helping to ensure the success of major tournaments in the north-east.

“We saw during The Ryder Cup how exciting match play format can be and I would encourage anyone to take advantage of the low ticket prices recently announced by the European Tour.

“This is fantastic news for Aberdeenshire and will help to raise the profile of this exciting new event and golf in general.”

Aberdeen golfer Paul Lawrie said:

“I’m delighted with the announcement that the Scottish Government will lend its support to the event and it will be great to have VisitScotland on board as a partner.

“There are some fantastic golf events taking place in Scotland in 2015 so we are grateful to receive this financial contribution to help make our event a success in its inaugural year.”

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Jul 052013

With thanks to Dave Macdermid.

The third annual Denis Law Soccer Tournament begins at Aberdeen Sports Village (ASV) on Thursday 18July and defending champions Motherwell will face English Premiership side Sunderland in a testing opening match.
The pair have been drawn in Group A with Inverness Caley Thistle and Aberdeen.

Under 16 Group B comprises Celtic, Dundee, Sheffield United and local representatives Albion Boys Club.

Sunderland were last in the city three years ago at the 30th Aberdeen International Football Festival where their winger George Honeyman was named player of the tournament, whilst Motherwell emerged victorious twelve months ago, defeating Dundee in the final.

The first games of the four day event will kick off at noon on 18 July with the final scheduled for the Village at 1430 pm on Sunday 21st. All trophies will be presented at the Sports Village on Finals Day following final match.


Group A:                Motherwell          Sunderland           Inverness CT         Aberdeen
Group B:                Dundee                  Celtic                      Sheffield Utd        Albion BC

Thursday 18 July
Kings Pitch 1         12noon                  Motherwell v Sunderland
Kings Pitch 2         12noon                  Inverness CT v Aberdeen
Kings Pitch 1         1500                       Dundee v Celtic
Kings Pitch 2         1500                       Sheffield Utd v Albion BC
Kings Pitch 1         1900                       Motherwell v Inverness CT
ASV                         1900                       Sunderland v Aberdeen

Friday 19 July
Kings Pitch 1         12noon                  Dundee v Sheffield Utd
Kings Pitch 2         12noon                  Celtic v Albion BC
Kings Pitch 1         1500                       Motherwell v Aberdeen
Kings Pitch 2         1500                       Sunderland v Inverness CT
Kings Pitch 2         1900                       Dundee v Albion BC
ASV                         1900                       Celtic v Sheffield Utd

Saturday 20 July
Kings Pitch 1         12noon                  Consolation Semi Final 1: 3rd Place Group A v 4th Place Group B
Kings Pitch 2         12noon                  Consolation Semi Final 2: 4th Place Group A v 3rd Place Group B
ASV                         12noon                  Semi Final 1: Winner Group A v Runner Up Group B
ASV                         1500                       Semi Final 2: Runner Up Group A v Winner Group B

Sunday 21 July
Kings Pitch 1         1000                       Consolation Cup Final
Kings Pitch 2         1000                       Consolation Cup 3rd/4th Place Play Off
ASV                         1100                       3rd/4th Place Play Off
ASV                         1430                       Final


Jun 282012

With thanks to Dave Macdermid.

The deadline for entries for next month’s 28th City of Aberdeen North East Tennis Championships has been extended until this Friday (29th June) with entry levels already up on last year at 168.

In addition to the open competition, age group events range from Under 9 to Over 60 with juniors and veterans only required for part of the week depending on the age group.

Both of last year’s men’s and women’s singles champions, Matthew Colvin (Stonehaven) and Morven Duff (Cults) return to defend their titles.

Current junior title holders Lucy Whelan (Cults), Adam Irvine (Cults) and Callum Michie (Rubislaw) will also return to the 2012 tournament.

Entry forms for the event, which is supported by Sport Aberdeen, will be available at Westburn Tennis Centre, or online at using tournament code SCO412

For more  information please contact Dave Macdermid – 07710 580148

Mar 222012

With thanks to Dave Macdermid

With the start of the traditional outdoor tennis season just a few weeks away, entry forms for two of the North East’s long standing tournaments are now available.

The 63rd NESLTA Schools Tournament, which is supported by sportaberdeen, will take place at the Ruthrieston Outdoor Centre and Westburn Tennis Centre between the 21st and 26th May, with competition from age 8 and under through to age 18 and under.

The closing date for entries is Friday 4th May, with entry forms available at:

June sees the staging of the Rubislaw NESLTA Confined Tournament between Sunday 10th and Saturday 16th, with four events, namely Men’s and Women’s singles, and boys and girls singles at 16 and under.

The closing date for entries is Sunday 3rd June, with entry forms available at tennis ‘places to play’ throughout the area including Rubislaw LTC.

Mar 092012

With thanks to Dave Macdermid. 

Organisers of the Denis Law Soccer Tournament, which replaced the longstanding Aberdeen International Football Festival last year, are looking to cement the financial future of the event with the formation of a ‘Friends’ group comprising 200 members.

Scotland legend Denis, the Patron of the DLST, is passionate about the tournament.

“Sport and in this case, football, forms an important part of a child’s upbringing and I firmly believe the experience and enjoyment that kids get from this event in my home town will stay with them forever. The organisers need your support to be able to sustain this worthy cause and I would urge you to become a Friend to ensure it can continue as an annual event. I look forward to seeing you at some point during the year to thank you personally.”

And everyone who signs up at £200 per annum to become a ‘Friend’ will get the opportunity to do just that as there will be ‘Friends of DLST’ reception at Aberdeen Sports Village, hosted by Denis himself.

In addition, Friends will receive recognition of support within the tournament programme, venue and website, a quarterly e-newsletter and entry into a prize draw for a complimentary team to be included in the DLST corporate football event.

This year’s tournament will take place at ASV between July 16th and 21st with action at 16 and Under and 14 and Under age groups.

Anyone wishing to become a Friend can pay via BACS, cheque or debit card via the ‘Friends of DLST’ link on or by contacting ASV Events Manager Fiona Cardwell on 01224 438926 or

Mar 012012

With thanks to Dave Macdermid.

Winning Wheels, the wheelchair tennis club based at Craiglockhart Tennis Centre, is pleased to announce that they have secured funding from Awards For All to support travel and hotel expenses for Scottish players travelling to the second Edinburgh Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.

The 2012 tournament being held on 14th and 15th April, is part of the Tennis Foundation’s development series. Entry is open now, with a closing date of March 22nd.

Please contact tournament organiser David Hogg for details: or 07835222533.

Keith Thom (pictured) from Dumfries, last year’s inaugural series winner said:

 “Having the Awards For All funding to support Scottish adult and junior players will hopefully encourage more disabled people to travel to this event and also help raise awareness of wheelchair tennis throughout Scotland.”

If you would like to try wheelchair tennis, weekly coaching sessions take place in Aberdeen, Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow. New players are always welcome, and all equipment is available at the tennis centre. For more information and details of sessions please contact:

Andrew Raitt or 07908091820