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Sport Aberdeen celebrates a successful month of awards


Sport Aberdeen have got off to a flying start this awards season, winning the Community Award at the 10th annual TREND – Life with Style Awards on 14 June.

The Life with Style Awards has been described as being all about excellence in the areas that contribute to the quality of life people enjoy in the North-East, and it’s clear to see that Sport Aberdeen’s work fits that criteria perfectly.

The award recognised Sport Aberdeen’s commitment to creating opportunities, inspiring people and changing lives through sport and physical activity regardless of barriers such as age, cost, ability and gender.

Sport Aberdeen’s involvement in a diverse range of initiatives designed to increase participation across all ages and abilities includes programmes such as Active Schools, a partnership with sportscotland, which gets children involved in extra-curricular school sport; Active Ageing – which aims to help older adults stay active and the partnership with Me Too! who run relaxed skating and swimming sessions for people with additional support needs at the Beach Leisure Centre and Linx Ice Arena.

This success continued into the following week when Get Active @ Jesmond was named Scottish ‘Centre of the Year’ at Active Uprising Awards 2018. This is a flagship award scheme and celebrates facilities which live and breathe excellent customer service with the aim of getting more people more active more often.

Get active @ Jesmond is Sport Aberdeen’s most recently modernised sports centre, boasting a state of the art gym with over 60 work stations, comprehensive fitness class programme, sports hall and dedicated immersive spin studio.

Keith Gerrard Director of Operations and Asset Development at Sport Aberdeen said:

“I am delighted that Sport Aberdeen’s work within the communities in which it operates is being recognised both on a local and national level.

“Sport Aberdeen is committed to creating opportunities, inspiring people and changing lives through sport and physical activity. These awards are a great reminder that we continue to pursue that vision”

The Scottish Charity Awards also recognised Move More Aberdeen (MMA) – a partnership between Sport Aberdeen and Macmillan Cancer Support – which highly commended and received runner up in the Pioneering Project category. MMA was nominated for being at the forefront of working with people living with cancer and translating the evidence of the benefits of physical activity across the cancer pathway into practice.

Macmillan Support Assistant, Anna Bailey who attended the ceremony on behalf of Sport Aberdeen and Macmillan Cancer Support said:

Although we did not win at the award it was still an honour to be a finalist, especially when there were so many amazing projects present, all working to improve the lives of people in Scotland”