Sport Aberdeen recently hosted a delegation of educational staff from Iceland.

The educational study trip, which coincided with the Aberdeen Youth Games Primary Festival of Sport on Friday 24 May, was attended by 17 educational staff from preschool, primary school, sport and leisure backgrounds from the Municipality of Kopavogur in Iceland.

During the visit, the VIP guests learnt about Sport Aberdeen’s Active Schools, Looked After Children and Priority Families programs and received a tour of Aberdeen Sports Village, before observing the Aberdeen Youth Games Primary Festival of Sport opening ceremony and activities.

In a tribute to the VIP guests, school pupils and students from RGU and NESCOL welcomed the visitors to the games with a spectacular ‘Iceland Viking thunder clap’ as part of the opening ceremony.

Keith Gerrard, Director of Healthy and Active Communities at Sport Aberdeen, said:

“This year’s Primary Festival of Sport brought 1,500 children from over 45 schools together in the name of encouraging active lifestyles amongst young people. It was our absolute pleasure to be able to share this special event with our Icelandic friends and we are confident that the days activities and festivities were enjoyed by all.”

The educational group also visited  schools with Unicef UK to learn about the Child Friendly Cities & Communities project, Children’s Rights Respecting Schools and best practice of implementation of the Convention on the rights of Child.