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Tuesday, 15 March 2011

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Scottish Premier League club Dundee United have offered the use of their facilities for emergency planning training in the event of natural disasters.

Following the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in North East Japan, DUFC chairman Steven Thompson has asked the UK's Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Duncan, to pass club details onto any country wishing to undertake such training.

Thompson explained :

"We at Dundee United Football Club have watched with horror the unfolding catastrophic events in the Far East.

"We feel strongly that all of us should help in any way we can to ensure that such tragedies can be responded to in the most efficient and managed way."

The club is offering the use of its ground Tannadice to any country or organisation that wishes to undertake post tsunami recovery work. Many feel that the swampish nature of the pitch is the perfect setting for demonstrating the difficulties reinstating vast swathes of flooded land to their previous condition.

Moreover, the uneven, if not downright shambolic construction of the 4 disparate stands at Tannadice would give organisations vital experience in dealing with buildings that have been left in various states of disrepair in a post earthquake scenario.

"Our ground isn't known as 'The Sticklebrick' or 'Legoland' for nothing, you know," Thompson proudly declared.

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