On Wednesday 17th January, we went up to visit a StreetSport session at Torry Academy in Aberdeen.
Set up in 2006, StreetSport aims to give young people free activities to take part in on weekday evenings, helping to reduce youth annoyance and crime in the community by getting young people to take part in something positive. StreetSport has now ran in over 35 different locations, and in 2016 alone, had over 12,000 attendees, demonstrating measurable results in crime reduction and skills development.
At Torry Academy, the StreetSport team built up their own temporary activity arena which could be used for a variety of sports including football and hockey, and these arenas are deployed nightly across communities in Aberdeen.
Through doing so, StreetSport effectively cuts out the main barriers of transport and cost for young people being able to take part in out-of-school activities.
Partnered with the Denis Law Legacy Trust, the emergency services and Robert Gordon University, the initiative has built up a network of dedicated volunteers and through providing sporting and creative activities, they have managed to break down barriers between the community and its disaffected youths.
To learn more about StreetSport or see if it is running in an area near you, visit their website here!