sportscotland chair learns more about plans to increase participation The chair of Scotland’s national agency for sport visited award-winning charitable leisure trust Sport Aberdeen last week. Mel Young, who was appointed as Chair of sportscotland in February this year, was given a tour of sports facilities across the city by Sport Aberdeen’s Managing Director Alistair Robertson. During the visit, Mr Young also met with Sport Aberdeen’s Director of Sports and Active Lifestyles, Jo Bell, to learn more about the organisations efforts towards creating opportunities, inspiring people and changing lives through sport and physical activity. Recently, Sport Aberdeen announced a range of specialist aquatics programmes to enable more people to take part in physical activity and sport. It is part of a wider effort to develop activities for individuals and groups who find regular services difficult to access. Speaking after the visit, Alistair Robertson said it was a great opportunity to highlight the breadth of programmes delivered by Sport Aberdeen: “From founding the Homeless World Cup to co-founding the Big Issue, Mel Young has considerable experience of driving forward sports and physical activity programmes which can change lives. “It was great that the team at Sport Aberdeen had the opportunity to host the sportscotland Chair and share what they are doing. “Sport Aberdeen is committed to creating opportunities, inspiring people and changing lives through sport and physical activity. Engaging with national organisations, such as sportscotland, is an important opportunity for us to share our own good practice and indeed learn about what else we can do to increase participation in sport.” Mel Young commented that he was extremely impressed with the breadth of imaginative programmes, adding that it was clear that the staff have a passion for what they are doing.