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Sport Aberdeen hosts holiday sporting extravaganza for local primary children


Award-winning charity Sport Aberdeen hosted a special sporting extravaganza to encourage young children to stay active throughout school holidays.

Active Schools Aberdeen, part of Sport Aberdeen, yesterday (Wednesday 19 February) hosted a free sporting festival at Kincorth Sport Centre for children in the community from primary one to three.

Active Schools is sportscotland’s national initiative that aims to get more children, more active, more often.

The participants took part in several sporting activities throughout the morning working in teams, allowing them to meet new children whilst getting active.

One of the children who took part in the festival, said:

“My favourite thing was the assault course, I liked jumping off the stand onto the big mat!”

The event was organised by Active Schools coordinators with help from several Robert Gordon University students currently carrying out work placements with Sport Aberdeen as part of the Aberdeen Youth Games partnership.

Graeme Dale, Sport Aberdeen Head of Sport and Active Communities, said:

“By organising free sporting events such as this we can ensure that more children and young people have the opportunity to engage in sort and physical activity more often, particularly during school holidays, whilst meeting people and making new friends.

“The event was also a brilliant chance for the students here on placement with Sport Aberdeen to try their hand at running, delivering and organising sporting events within the community, giving them real hands on experience for a future within the sporting sector.”

Dr Katherine Burgess, Sport and Exercise Science Academic Team Lead, Robert Gordon University, said:

“RGU’s partnership with Sport Aberdeen gives our BSc(hons) Sport Coaching students a fantastic experience to allow them to develop and enhance their skills, it also gives them the opportunity to enthuse and inspire young people as we strive to work together to make the nation more active”