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Sport Aberdeen sees double as third sector awards announce finalists


Registered charity Sport Aberdeen is proud to have been announced as a finalist in two categories at a prestigious north-east third sector awards event.

The annual ‘Celebrate Aberdeen Awards’, which aims to shine a light on the city’s leading third sector organisations and individuals, has shortlisted Sport Aberdeen in the Large Organisation of the Year and as third sector partner in the Corporate Partnership of the Year category alongside Me Too!

The Large Organisation of the Year award recognises Sport Aberdeen’s commitment to providing positive change in the community through a variety of impactful programmes, with local people at the heart of them, as well as an ongoing modernisation of its facility network which currently comprises 19 venues across the city.

Alistair Robertson, Sport Aberdeen Managing Director said:

“It is always humbling to receive award recognition, and this only stands to highlight the incredible work carried out on a daily basis by our employees and volunteers alike. There is always a host of deserving entries to select from, so I am delighted that Sport Aberdeen has been selected as a finalist in not only one, but two categories this year.

The last year has undoubtedly seen us face some challenges, but throughout this we have continued to focus on our goals of increasing participation in sport and physical activity by creating opportunities, inspiring people and changing lives.”

Sport Aberdeen’s ongoing work with local Additional Support Needs (ASN) charity, Me Too!, will also be in competition for an award with the organisations in the Corporate Partnership of the Year category.

The partnership launched the ‘Boost Band’ initiative last year at Sport Aberdeen’s Beach Leisure Centre, providing discreet wrist bands which can be worn when visiting venues which subtly notify trained staff of any hidden disabilities.

The initiative aims to create an environment of understanding and is designed to boost independence in all users and staff.

Phionna McInnes, Me Too! Chief Executive commented on the news:

“We are delighted that our ongoing relationship with Sport Aberdeen has been recognised by Celebrate Aberdeen.

“Boost Bands can empower parents and carers to have confidence to allow their cared for to have increased independence without having to explain to multiple staff members of their additional support needs.

“Rolling this initiative out across Sport Aberdeen’s venues has been a rewarding experience and it’s great to know that the reception form users and staff has been so positive.”