IMPACT & LEGACY

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Streetsport was established in 2006. We have worked strategically in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders over the past 10 years in over 35 locations throughout Aberdeen City with over 100 volunteers helping to deliver activities.

We have deployed our activity arenas over 1,600 times and provided over 3, 000 hours of free doorstep activity sessions for local youths.

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Streetsport activities alone recently exceeded 35,000 attendances & active participations. Our temporary activity arenas are deployed nightly into local communities and we exceeded over 8,000 attendances in 2015. We are on target for attracting more than 10,000 ‘free to access’ participations with 2016.

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Since 2006 we have been working in collaboration with Aberdeen Community Safety Partnership; Absafe; Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service in an effort to assist with crime prevention through intervention and diversionary tactics.

Existing impact measures of the Streetsport programme are notable and in some instances we have helped reduce complaints & instances in youth crime; anti-social behaviour and wilful fire raising by over 60%.

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We have also helped eliminate barriers with hard to reach individuals and involved a high number of disaffected youths in current community matters.

By demonstrating measurable results in a number of areas including crime reduction, skills development, partnership building and volunteering we have helped to foster a sense of social value and belonging within many disadvantged communities.

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, paid a visit to RGU Sport on Wednesday, July 8 2015 to learn more about the initiative.

Jamie said: “It was a pleasure to visit RGU Sport and see the Streetsport initiative in full swing. What I like best about this programme is that it uses sport and physical activity to create real social change.

By working with young people in some of the more disadvantaged areas of the city it is helping to reduce health inequalities and steer these youngsters away from anti-social behaviour.

“I’m delighted that the Robert Gordon University is involved, because it’s important that young people see and feel that the university is an environment that is familiar to them, and something they can aspire to.”

Our volunteers (or as we call them Soccaristas) have assisted participants with the development of their communication, interpersonal and soft skills including leadership; interaction; negotiation; team working and compromise and improved opportunities for education and employability whilst enabling members of the community to volunteer and gain valuable experience and qualifications that lead to positive destinations.

Since the launch of the project more than 1600 deployments have taken place across Aberdeen; assisted by a variety of Streetsport Volunteers, City Wardens, Active Schools Coordinators and Youth Workers between 15 and 50 young people (both male and female) regularly participate on a nightly basis.

Streetsport is also recognised by Aberdeen City Council for assisting with the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Activity Agreement Initiative while local communities have seen measurable benefits and impacts.