Cruyff Court Denis Law – Aberdeen

As part of Aberdeen’s city centre regeneration plan Catherine Street Court was recently transformed into Scotland’s first Cruyff Court. A collaboration between Aberdeen City Council, the Cruyff Foundation, People’s Postcode Lottery and the Denis Law Legacy Trust.

Video courtesy of BBC Scotland.

Before & After

The new Cruyff Court includes an all-weather playing surface that provides a safe area for young and old within Aberdeen city centre. There are 200+ Cruyff Courts in more than 15 countries around the world enabling access for thousands of children and young people. A number of professional footballers and other sports stars have credited their success to having access to Cruyff facilities while growing up.

Our Cruyff Court is the first in Scotland and is named in honour of our patron Denis Law.

Video courtesy of STV News.

The Denis Law Cruyff Court, was designed with the help of Communication Design and Architecture students at the Robert Gordon University. Our Streetsport programme will support the delivery of activities on location and enable access to a wide range of free sessions including Freestyle Football, Street Hockey and Street Dance.

Graham Thom, chairman of the Denis Law Legacy Trust, said: “We are thrilled to now include the Cruyff Foundation as one of our delivery partners”.

Streetsport Development Officer Mark Williams said: “The plans for Aberdeen’s first Denis Law Cruyff Court will help us to build on the previous 10 years of activities and impact across the city.

“Our first fixed location will enable us to expand the delivery of our activities and continue working with our delivery partners in and around Aberdeen. It will promote health and well-being through sport and physical activity and help to further reduce instances of youth crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Cameron Craddock, Co-founder of Streetsport and Communication Design Course Director at Gray’s School of Art, said “This is a fantastic opportunity for students at RGU to explore the role of design and social innovation within a local community led initiative”.

Ilja van Holsteijn, Manager Cruyff Courts at the Cruyff Foundation, said: “The Denis Law Legacy Trust has engaged a significant number of young people in sport in Aberdeen and has many parallels with our aims and objectives.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Denis and look forward to seeing the benefits of the first Cruyff Court in Scotland in the Granite City”.

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