Our 2018 highlights


Sport is changing lives right across Scotland

Sport changes lives, as we are increasingly discovering through the testimonies of people who live and breathe sport in communities across Scotland.

In 2018 we told a number of these inspirational stories on Sport First, highlighting the incredible experiences of people like Kirsty Ewen, the McCowan family and Eve Muirhead through articles and short films.

We also documented many of the opportunities provided by Scotland’s world class sporting system that enable people to create real and lasting change.

It was another year of great progress and achievement at home and on the world stage. Here we take you through the highlights of 2018 through the headlines of Sport First.

Aberdeen’s dementia friendly disco celebrates ongoing success

In January, an overwhelming number of dancing feet ensured an Aberdeen initiative, aimed at bringing together older people of all abilities, became a permanent monthly fixture.

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Sport Aberdeen grew

In April, following a review commissioned by Aberdeen City Council, Sport Aberdeen, Aberdeen Snowsports and Adventure Aberdeen merged.

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Sports participation in Granite City school’s doubles in five years

The figures for August to December 2017, reported by Sport Aberdeen’s Active Schools team, showed that participant sessions have risen by over 100 per cent when compared to the same term five years ago and an 11 per cent increase seen from 2016 to 2017.

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Active Aberdeen Partnership awarded a record number of grants to the local 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.

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Local charities said yes to boosting awareness of hidden disabilities

Registered charities Me Too! and Sport Aberdeen recently launched Boost Bands, discreet wrist bands which can be worn during your visit to the Beach Leisure Centre which subtly notify trained staff of any hidden disabilities.

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Move More Aberdeen reached the finals in the Scottish Charity Awards 2018

Move More Aberdeen (MMA), a physical activity programme designed for people living with long term health conditions, was shortlisted as a ‘Pioneering Project’ at the 2018 Scottish Charity Awards.

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BHGE 10K got environmentally friendly

After receiving a letter from Aberdeen South MSP, Maureen Watt, enquiring about the volume of single use plastic bottles available at the event, organisers were keen to reassure all participants and members of the community that environmental sustainability is of the highest importance.

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The biggest ever Aberdeen Youth Games marked the Year of Young People

Around 1,400 pupils from 45 city primary schools converged on Aberdeen Sports Village on Friday 25 May, as the annual Aberdeen Youth Games culminated in a Festival of Sport.

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What a year and we can’t wait to do it all again in 2019.