On Wednesday 5 October Grampian Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) donated a Mercedes Vito van to StreetSport, a unique community sport programme.
Run in collaboration between GFRS, Robert Gordon University's sport facility, RGU: SPORT, Grampian Police, Taqa Bratani and a number of local partner agencies, Street Sport is a youth diversionary project carried out within Aberdeen city's many communities.
The StreetSport concept is based on the deployment of temporary portable sports pitches around various locations within the city, taking activities to young people in their own communities with the aim of reducing anti-social behaviour whilst promoting an active and healthy lifestyle and encouraging inclusivity.
GFRS has been working with StreetSport since 2006, allowing GFRS to help youngsters in Aberdeen by giving them a chance to get involved in sporting activities which are safe, healthy and lots of fun.
The deployment of activities is intelligence based from statistics provided by GFRS and Grampian Police. This information sharing and partnership working is essential to ensure the activities are in areas where the kids will benefit most.
Gordon Riddell, Station Manager at North Anderson Drive Fire Station said, "StreetSport has been a fantastic youth diversionary initiative that has led to reduction in wilful fire raising in high risk areas.
It provides and helps other areas of anti-social behaviour and not forgetting the physical fitness of our youth of today".
He continued, "The additional vehicle will allow StreetSport to get their volunteers out to more than one area on the same night. Our statistics clearly show that during these events, we see very few problems with wilful fires in the areas where StreetSport are engaging with the kids, and this is ultimately our aim".
Notes to Editor
- The StreetSport initiative is run in collaboration with, and supported by Taqa Bratani, Aberdeen City Council, Grampian Police, Grampian Fire and Rescue, Langstane Housing Association, ADT, Aberdeen Safer Communities Trust, Grampian Housing Association, Scottish Football Association, Aberdeen Football Club and the Fairer Scotland Fund.
The programme works in conjunction with SACRO (Safeguarding Communities - Reducing Offending) in order to bring troubled young people and ex-offenders into the project as volunteers.
- The StreetSport project has successfully demonstrated an ability to reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour, wilful fire raising, and the number of ‘nuisance' phone calls and complaints made to Grampian Police within local communities.
StreetSport can set up its portable sports pitch in any suitable sized area, such as car parks, community parks and on School grounds. The area of each venue is determined by statistics provided by Grampian Police and GFRS on areas of high youth anti-social behaviour and wilful fire raising to engage with these youths and give them more opportunities to take part in something fun and constructive.
The initiative now boasts an ever-growing portfolio of activities, including Street Football, Rugby, Basketball and Art. www.streetsport.org
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