RGU’s Streetsport initiative, which delivers free doorstop activities and programmes across Aberdeen, has been named as Community Sports Project of the Year at the annual Aberdeen Sport Awards.
Streetsport’s efforts are aimed at preventing youth crime and antisocial behaviour, by giving young people engaging activities to take part in or intervening and diverting those who have already become involved in such behaviour.
This latest award follows in the footsteps of a prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and an award from the Scottish Football Association – both of which were earned earlier this year.
The man behind the project, Streetsport’s Chief Operating Officer, Mark Williams, believes these awards recognise the hard work of the many volunteers who work every night of the week to provide the opportunities that make the programme what it is.
He said: “They really are the backbone of Streetsport and these awards go some way to reflect the hard work they’ve done over the years and especially this year.
“Our main aim is to empower young people to be confident, capable, independent and responsible citizens within their own communities and the programme really is excelling just now – leading the way in innovative community engagement.
“There has also been so much support from across the RGU departments, towards the Trust and Streetsport, which has helped us get to where we are today. It continues to be a shining example of the impact this university can have on the community when working together and the rewards it can lead to.
“It’s not often you get to look over your shoulder and see the impact you’re making, but we get to do that every day when we look in the faces of the young people we work with. To be recognised with another award like this is absolutely the icing on the cake.”
Release by Jonathon Milne
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