Graham Thom of the Denis Law Legacy Trust and Development Officer Mark Williams of Streetsport, share how the project is helping to change the lives of youngsters in the city.
‘The Denis Law Legacy Trust was set up to give young people in the city free access to sport and other creative activities, and to help disadvantaged young people achieve positive destinations in life.
Graham Thom explained ‘Denis Law rose from humble Aberdeen beginnings to become the most deadly striker that Scotland has ever produced and an iconic footballer revered and loved throughout the football world.The Trust wishes to use Denis as an example of what can be achieved by hard work and dedication.
‘The charity’s work with the Streetsport project delivers ten programmes of activity, each dedicated to improving and enhancing aspects of the lives of young people throughout Aberdeen. The overall aim is to support and empower young people to be confident, capable, independent and responsible citizens within their communities.’
Mark Williams, Development Officer for StreetSport, elaborated, ‘Streetsport currently run 15 sessions a week all across the city. Everything we do is free and in the heart of the communities in Aberdeen that need it the most. We expect to have over 10,000 participations in 2016. With a bank of over 50 volunteers, Streetsport is going from strength to strength. We offer a range of different activities including football, basketball, hockey and park games.
‘We strive to find an activity for each participant which engages and captivates them, making them come back week after week and also pursuing the opportunity further. It’s about helping young people in Aberdeen become the best they can be.
‘Everyone involved with the initiative is passionate about what we do. It’s all about communities in Aberdeen feeling closer, healthier and most importantly safer. We’re always on the lookout for volunteers and fundraisers!’
The Charity relies on donations and sponsorships for its funding.