A Scottish charity has extended its support for an award-winning sport and culture project for city school pupils.
Following last year’s £10,000 award, The Wood Foundation has committed a further £50,000 over the next five years to the Aberdeen Youth Games, which is delivered in partnership by Robert Gordon University and Sport Aberdeen.
The funding will give organisers a strong base from which they can develop and enhance the programme until 2020.
Since they were launched in 2013, the Games have engaged thousands of pupils at 42 primary schools and 11 secondary schools across the city, who participated in a number of sporting, health and cultural activities throughout the previous two school years.
The project culminates in May every spring with a festival at Aberdeen Sports Villages which sees more than 1,000 pupils try a number of different sporting activities.
Olympic gold medalist, Katherine Grainger, and chairman of The Wood Foundation, Sir Ian Wood, have been ambassadors for the Aberdeen Youth Games since its launch.
They were joined last year by a trio of north-east sport stars: hockey player Leigh Fawcett, footballer Rachel Corsie and snowboarder Ben Kilner.
Sir Ian Wood said: “The Aberdeen Youth Games is a fantastic, positive project that has proved to be very successful in its first two years of delivery.
"Energising a large number of young people while encouraging them to exercise and lead healthy, active lifestyles is an area The Wood Foundation takes great pride in supporting.
“Through committing a five year investment, The Wood Foundation is looking forward to seeing the programme grow and we are confident of the impact it will have on energising and encouraging Aberdeen’s next generation.”
RGU’s Sport and Exercise Science team and Sport Aberdeen deliver the project in partnership with a range of additional partners, including North East Scotland College and First Bus.
Bryan McCann, lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at RGU, leads the project and is eager to take the programme to the next level.
He said: “We are delighted to have secured a five year commitment from The Wood Foundation to help us make the Aberdeen Youth Games even bigger and better.
“Sir Ian has supported the programme from the very beginning and has helped us to develop a number of activities for young people.
“Feedback from pupils, teachers and students has been overwhelmingly positive each year and we hope the project continues to inspire young people in the city to become more active.