friendship 1st, competition 2nd
In September 2013, Wiff Waff successfully fundraised Commonwealth Games funding to run ‘United Nations of Wiff Waff’ at Out of the Blue. The 8-month project, which led up to the Commonwealth Games in August 2014, was an opportunity to expand on the activity of Wiff Waff to develop tiered participation by
• Creating a weekly outreach programme with local school, Leith Primary School for 8 – 11 yr olds.
• Developing a weekly Junior Wiff Waff event on Friday afternoons at The Drill Hall for teenagers. 3 volunteer coaches were trained up to UK Level 1 coaching standards to run the club for up to 20 young people.
• Further enhancing the monthly Wiff Waff Wednesday event by commissioning artists to create new work which was showcased at the monthly events.
The ‘United Nations of Wiff Waff’ programme started on January 1st 2014 at the Drill Hall with a special Opening night, in keeping with the Scottish New Year traditions. The programme ran from January to July 2014 with monthly internationally themed nights, until we hosted our own Opening Night ceremony, coinciding with that of the Commonwealth Games.
An exhibition of posters was displayed in the main Drill Hall space over two weeks, closing with a community celebration and competition day on the day of the Women’s/Men’s table tennis finals, which was screened live in The Drill Hall.