Sport Aberdeen presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Award-winning registered charity Sport Aberdeen was officially presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a charity or voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Sport Aberdeen Chairman Colin G. Taylor and volunteers from the charity were presented with the prestigious award by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Aberdeen, Councillor Barney Crockett.

In May this year volunteer representatives from the Granite City charity travelled to London to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace along with other recipients of this year’s award.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognises and celebrates outstanding work by volunteer groups benefitting their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Volunteers contribute hugely to the community work carried out by Sport Aberdeen, including helping people to overcome mental health problems through participation in sport, helping to run ‘Move More Aberdeen’ classes - an innovative physical activity programme that helps people affected by cancer through physical activity. They also assist with ‘Active Lifestyles’ sessions - a programme developed specially for those starting out, recovering from injury, living with a long term health condition and older adults.

Colin G. Taylor, Sport Aberdeen Chairman, commented on receiving the award:

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of Sport Aberdeen. Receiving this prestigious recognition is testament to the invaluable time and enthusiasm that is offered up on a daily basis by our volunteers, allowing Sport Aberdeen to serve the local community and change people’s lives through sport and physical activity.

“Nearly 1500 volunteers support in the delivery of Sport Aberdeen’s community-based programmes and I would like to thank each and every one of them for their commitment and outstanding service.”