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Primary children across Aberdeen show sport some love


Primary school children from across the city took part in a range of sporting activities as part of this year’s Love Sport Day on 12 February.

Love Sport Day is a citywide initiative which aims to give primary school pupils the opportunity to take part in sport. The event focusses on those who may not have the opportunity to take part in sport throughout the year. This annual celebration of sport aims to encourage participation at all levels and will include a wide variety of activities taking place across the city.

Run by Sport Aberdeen’s Active Schools team in partnership with North East of Scotland College (NESCOL) and Robert Gordon University (RGU), students studying BSc Sports Coaching at RGU and HNC/HND Sports Coaching with Sports Development at NESCOL, helped organise and arrange the events and activities across the participating schools.

Active Schools Coordinator, Sam Main, who took a lead role in the organisation of the day said:

“We are delighted to have organised our biggest ever Love Sport Day this year with events happening throughout the city.

“We hope that everyone who took part enjoyed the day are inspired to take up lots of new sports and activities as a result.

“A big special thanks has to go to all of the staff and students at North East of Scotland College for the hard work they did in organising and running these events.”

All of the events were very well attended, and in some cases fully booked, proving a real appetite for sport amongst the children taking part.

This year’s events took place at Culter School, Dyce Primary, Hazlehead Primary, Seaton Primary School, Skene Square Primary, Oldmachar Academy and Sport Aberdeen’s Get active @ Beacon, Get active @ Sheddocksley and Torry Sports Centre.

Commenting on the success of the event, Sport Aberdeen’s Director of Healthy and Active Communities, Keith Gerrard said:

“Days such as this that help instil a sense of excitement and friendly competition to children are incredibly important in getting young people engaged and setting them on a course to get active and stay active.

“Tuesday’s events were across the board a great success and in many cases were totally booked out. The Active Schools team and North East Scotland College students organised a day that they can all be proud of.”