A leading sport and creative activities project for young people in Aberdeen has received praise from a Scottish Government Minister during a recent visit to the city.
Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, paid a visit to RGU Sport on Wednesday, July 8 to learn more about Denis Law’s Streetsport initiative which is operated by the Denis Law Legacy Trust in partnership with the Robert Gordon University (RGU).
Established in 2006 and based in RGU Sport, Denis Law’s Streetsport promotes health and wellbeing and creative endeavour and actively reduces instances of youth crime and anti-social behaviour wherever it deploys.
The project sets up mobile activity arenas in targeted locations 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.
The Streetsport team are out and about in all weathers five nights a week, 50 weeks of the year and with a projected 6,000 active participations in 2015 the projects is clearly proving popular with many young people in a variety of locations throughout the city of Aberdeen.
Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, said: “It was a pleasure to visit RGU Sport and see the Streetsport initiative in full swing. What I like best about this programme is that it uses sport and physical activity to create real social change.
“By working with young people in some of the more disadvantaged areas of the city it is helping to reduce health inequalities and steer these youngsters away from anti-social behaviour.
“I’m delighted that the Robert Gordon University is involved, because it’s important that young people see and feel that the university is an environment that is familiar to them, and something they can aspire to.”
“The programme has proved enormously popular over the years and has reached out to many young people across Aberdeen. It has promoted sport and creativity and encouraged health and wellbeing and has assisted in the reduction of anti-social behaviour in almost every local community across the city.
“I would like to thank the Denis Law Legacy Trust and our steering group partners who are all integral to the delivery and success of the initiative. I am also delighted to see the Scottish Government recognise and acknowledge our team of dedicated volunteers who are also vital to the future success of the programme.”
Ross AndersonCommunications Officer | Health and Sport