A leading sport project for young people in the north-east has joined forces with Aberdeen Football Club for Offshore Europe 2013.
Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Streetsport team will be at Pittodrie Stadium on Wednesday, September 4, for the friendly match between Aberdeen and Norway’s Viking Stavanger.
The match, billed as The Energy Cities Challenge Cup, is free to attend and will take place during the bi-annual Offshore Europe event 2013 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).
The Streetsport team will set up its football pitches outside Pittodrie on the night for young people to play football from around 6pm before the match kicks off at 7pm.
Andrew Wood, Streetsport Development Officer, said: “We have strong links with Aberdeen Football Club and are proud to be working with them to provide activities for young people in the build up to the friendly match with Viking Stavanger.
“Streetsport teams have been busy throughout the summer across the city and all of our sessions have been very popular. As well as providing constructive activities for young people the Streetsport project a great way to connect with those who are disengaged and may not have had the opportunity to develop their confidence, skills and self-belief.”
AFC in the Community’s senior coach Steven Sweeney added: “AFC in the Community is delighted to have built a strong working relationship with Streetsport over the past few months. AFC is committed to actively engaging with young people to reduce anti-social behaviour and provide alternative activities which lead young people towards positive destinations.
“Having Streetsport present on the evening of the match prior to kick off is a great way to showcase the quality and impact this programme is having in the local community. AFC has had a presence at many of Streetsport’s summer activities and looks forward to continue working closely in the future.”
Established in 2006 and based in RGU: SPORT at the university’s Garthdee campus the Streetsport team uses activities and sports to provide alternatives for young people in their communities during the evenings.
The overall aim of the project is to reduce instances of youth crime and anti-social behaviour, promote health and wellbeing and encourage inclusivity through sport, physical activity and creative endeavour.
More than 3,000 young people now regularly participate in Streetsport session on an annual basis in 12 different locations around Aberdeen. Following this success, the Streetsport partnership network has grown to include a number of local companies and agencies in its annual calendar of activities across the north-east.
For more information about Streetsport, please visit: www.streetsport.org
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