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Streetsport initiative is helping north-east kids keep the law

Streetsport initiative is helping north-east kids keep the law

Denis Law always appreciated the value of playing football and learning about team spirit as a youngster.

And the values which the great Aberdeen-born star derived from his love affair with sport are still yielding a positive benefit for youngsters in his home city.

The Streetsport Scheme, pioneered by the Denis Law Trust and Robert Gordon University, was designed to foster a camaraderie and team ethos among kids in different parts of the Granite City.

The initiative, which uses a mobile activity arena, has proved a big success in areas such as Northfield and Kittybrewster with recent figures showing youth crime has fallen by as much as 50 per cent in places where Streetsport has made the greatest impact.

Following this success, there are now plans to expand the scheme into the likes of Torry and Kincorth in the months ahead.

Streetsport RGU

Tom Holt is one of the people at the heart of the project.

He's witnessed the transformation which can happen when young people are encouraged to pool their resources to positive effect.

"Streetsport helps to engage hard-to-reach young people," he said.

"It also helps foster a sense of social value and belonging.

"Currently, the team is out and about five nights a week and has targeted around 30 city locations in consultation with Police Scotland and Aberdeen City Council."

The success of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games had demonstrated how sport can turn lives around.

And while nobody's pretending all Scotland's social problems can be cured overnight with a few balls and mobile pitches, the results speak for themselves.

"In some instances, anti-social behaviour is down by more than 50 per cent when we are around," Holt said.

"And there is a huge demand around the city for the Streetsport initiative so we would very much like to expand the project in the future."

On the strength of the Games, it seems difficult not to share that vision.

Further information about Streetsport is available on its website.

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