Preparations for this year’s Aberdeen Youth Games (AYG) Festival of Sport have reached a head thanks to the winning medal design of a creative primary school pupil.
Around 1,400 medals, featuring the winning design by P5/6 Kaimhill School pupil Marta Stachowska, will be presented to pupils across the city at the festival, which takes place at Aberdeen Sports Village on Friday 26 May.
Marta, who won a primary school competition held by RGU’s Gray’s School of Art to design the medal, has worked with students and staff at the university to refine her original design and start production of the medals.
Marta was joined by classmates at Make Aberdeen on Belmont Street on Thursday 18 May to unveil the medal design, signalling the final countdown to the AYG Festival of Sport.
The finalised design has been digitised, laser cut and engraved to produce wooden medals with help from staff at MAKE Aberdeen and Gray’s School of Art.
Ben Durack, Studio Manager at MAKE Aberdeen, said: “The Aberdeen Youth Games medal design competition has been very popular and there have been a lot of creative entries this year.
“Marta’s design really captured our imagination and it has been great to work with her to develop the finished medal which we hope pupils will like when they receive one at the Festival of Sport.”
The award-winning Aberdeen Youth Games project, which is organised in partnership by RGU’s Applied Sport and Exercise Science team, Sport Aberdeen and North East Scotland College (NEScol), aims to motivate primary school pupils to lead healthy and active lives through the celebration of sport.
Bryan McCann, lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at RGU, leads the university’s involvement in the Aberdeen Youth Games programme.
He said: “Marta’s winning design has given our medals a great new look this year and we’re very proud to involve North East pupils in our preparations for the Festival of Sport.
“The schools continue to really get behind the competition and unveiling the medal is a fun way to get the final countdown to the festival started. This year’s event will see every primary school across Aberdeen involved for the first time since the project’s launch and we hope to inspire more young people to take up a new sport.”
As part of the build-up to this year’s Aberdeen Youth Games, second year BSc (Hons) Applied Sports and Exercise Science students have been coaching pupils in hockey, rugby and basketball as part of their work placements with Sport Aberdeen this semester.
Sport Aberdeen’s Director of Sport and Physical Activity Jo Bell said: “As a charity, Sport Aberdeen is committed to creating opportunities for everyone to take part in sport and physical activity. The Aberdeen Youth Games is a shining example of the partnership working approach needed to drive up participation amongst children and young people in the city.”
Funding for the 2016-17 Aberdeen Youth Games has been provided by The Wood Foundation and First Aberdeen, while the medal design competition has been funded through donations to the RGU Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the university.
Sarah Dingwall, Development Manager at the RGU Foundation, said: “The RGU Foundation was delighted to be able to support the medal competition through donations to the Annual Fund. Donations from RGU alumni and friends are intended to rise aspirations and create opportunities at RGU and the Aberdeen Youth Games does this, not only for staff and students, but for the wider community.”
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