Aberdeen football hero is recognised by Buckingham Palace

A world-renowned footballer and Patron to the Robert Gordon University (RGU) Streetsport community engagement initiative has been recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Denis Law (Centre) with the team from Denis Law Legacy Trust RGU Streetsport.Aberdeen’s footballing son, Denis Law, has been awarded a CBE by Buckingham Palace for his charity work as well as his sporting achievements.

Law, 75, has been honoured for his fundraising work with the Denis Law Legacy Trust, Streetsport, Meningitis Now and Cancer Research UK.

On the field, Law is still the only Scottish winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or and third in Manchester United’s all-time goal-scoring list.

He holds the record for 18 Manchester United hat-tricks, was capped by Scotland 55 times and represented the country at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany.

Streetsport, which is based at RGU SPORT and operates under the auspices of the Denis Law Legacy Trust, is a targeted and intelligence led programme which aims to reduce instances of youth crime and anti-social behaviour across Aberdeen.

Established in 2006, the initiative sets up mobile activity arenas throughout the city, enabling free access to a range of sports and other activities on the streets for young people directly within their own communities.

Denis Law visited Aberdeen in November for his annual fundraising dinner and to launch the work of removing all of the ‘No Ball Game’ signs in Aberdeen after a local campaign by Greenspace and Streetsport.

While there he also met a number of Streetsport volunteers who work throughout the year to deliver a wide range of activities.

Mark Williams, Streetsport Development Officer, said: “Denis Law is a fantastic ambassador and we were delighted that his efforts have been recognised with a CBE in the New Year Honours list.

“The Denis Law Legacy Trust funds the delivery of the Streetsport programme and Denis has inspired thousands of young people through our activities across the city. Streetsport is now entering its tenth year of operation and we are looking forward to another successful year in 2016.”

More information about Streetsport is also available online as well as or @StreetsportRGU on Twitter.

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Dan DiackRGU Communications Office