An Aberdeen partnership has awarded a record number of grants in the last year helping to support and develop Aberdeen’s sporting community.

Over 70 grants have been awarded by the Active Aberdeen Partnership (AAP), a collective who support and encourage everyone in the city to be as active as they can, regardless of age and ability.

The AAP Sports Grants have supported the personal and professional development of the voluntary sporting workforce across the city alongside clubs and organisations and are committed to backing Aberdeen’s talented athletes, helping them reach their full potential.

The Community Sports Grant supports clubs and organisations who play a vital role in encouraging people to be active in sport throughout their lifetime.

Filippo Antoniazzi, Chairman of the Sports Grants Committee, said:

“It’s great that the sports grants allow us to support local clubs to develop new opportunities that provides sport and physical activity for groups within their communities.”

Tony Dawson, Active Aberdeen Partnership Chairman, said: 

“The Active Aberdeen Partnership (AAP) Sport Grant scheme supports clubs, organisations and the individuals who play a vital role in encouraging people to be active in sport throughout their lifetime.

“The awards allow Aberdeen’s voluntary sporting workforce to continue to create opportunities for people of all abilities and ages to take part in physical activity. It is hugely important to support the personal and professional development of those who are championing a move to get more people in the city active more often.

“The AAP is a partnership of organisations existing to place the wider sporting and physical activity needs of the city ahead of each members’ specific interests, and we are committed to making Aberdeen the most active city in Scotland by 2020.”

Colin Dalgleish, a recipient of the talented athlete’s grant, said:

“Receiving this grant from the Aberdeen Active Partnership has been a huge boost before the Commonwealth Games. It has allowed me to travel to Düsseldorf, Germany and train in one of the top table tennis centres in Europe for two weeks in the lead up to the games. This is the ideal preparation and I can't thank them enough for the grant and their support.”