The Aberdeen Youth Games was developed in partnership between Robert Gordon University’s Sport and Exercise Science team and Sport Aberdeen’s Active Schools team. The programme has developed significantly over the past few years.
Aberdeen Active Schools agreed to take 35 second year BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Science students on a four week placement. Students were provided with training to deliver coaching in badminton, tennis and squash, and delivered four weeks of training in 30 primary schools across Aberdeen. At the end of the placement three small festivals were held at different venues celebrating each of the sports.
The programme team were successful in gaining funding from the Celebrate Fund, which was available to projects that celebrated the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. This provided valuable resource to enhance the overall placement arrangements but also to stage a Festival of Sport, and the Aberdeen Youth Games was created. Approximately 3,500 primary school pupils are involved in AYG-related activities.
Sport Aberdeen Active Schools Programme
The benefits of sport and physical activity participation are well documented, especially amongst children.
To help increase the number of Scottish children participating in sport and physical activity the Active Schools Network was established by Sport Scotland. Within Aberdeen, Sport Aberdeen's team of Active Schools Coordinators aim to get "More Children, More Active, More Often."
The Active Schools Programme in Aberdeen is delivered mostly by volunteers, and in the last academic year had clubs and sessions in 46 different activities ranging from Athletics to Zumba and everything in-between. Results have been very positive in Aberdeen over the last 2 years:
- 44% increase in the number of Participant Sessions (no. of participants multiplied by no. of sessions)
- 138% increase in the number of links between schools and sports clubs
- 22% increase in the number of Distinct Participants
- 69% increase in the number of volunteers delivering activities.
- 33% of all primary school children participated regularly in Active Schools programme during last academic year, an increase of 5% on the previous year.
Robert Gordon University - Placements
RGU's Sports and Exercise Science Course BSc (Hons) (ASES) course aims to provide students with the knowledge and applied experience necessary to prepare them for a wide variety of career pathways. One way of doing so is to incorporate workplace experiences, during which students are able to apply their knowledge and skills in a practical, real-life setting.
Learning In The Workplace I (HS2103) is a four week full time placement module for second year ASES students. In partnership with Sport Aberdeen, students are up-skilled in various sports and deployed through the Aberdeen Active Schools team to deliver sports coaching and education sessions to primary schools across the city. This culminates in a ‘final event’ in which pupils participate in a day of activities and celebration of sport.
Aberdeen Youth Games has won three prestigious awards, including two at a national level.
This award recognises a project or initiative in which college and higher education institutions have utilised Glasgow 2014 and its legacy goals to make a significant contribution or substantial difference in sport, sporting performance or activity levels. It is sponsored by Scottish Student Sport.
Sporting Chance Initiative, Scotland’s only hub for innovation in sports business, is the driving force behind the Sports Business Innovation Awards.
These awards exist to reward student involvement, volunteering achievements and dedication to societies and student groups at Robert Gordon University.
For further details about the Aberdeen Youth Games, how you can get involved or how you can support the event, contact:
- Bryan McCann
Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, Robert Gordon University