RESEARCH & SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY
Streetsport was established in 2006 as a diversionary tactics initiative led by Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, RGU SPORT and Gray’s School of Art.
Our overall aim was to ‘reduce instances of youth crime and anti-social behaviour; promote health and wellbeing and encourage inclusivity through sport, physical activity and creative endeavour’.
Over the past 10 years we have been delivering free sports & creative activity sessions for young people in many disadvantaged communities throughout Aberdeen City during peak times of anti-social behaviour. We operate nightly 50 weeks of the year and in all weathers.
GRAY’S SCHOOL OF ART
Staff and students at Gray’s School of Art are currently exploring the impact of design led initiatives within society and the role of design and the designer in facilitating community engagement through diversionary activties in areas of urban deprivation. The focus considers strategies and applications of ‘design for social innovation’ using Streetsport as a case study and platform for ‘field research’ to inform teaching pedagogy.
As an example of a design for social intervention, Streetsport is a vehicle of engagement that uses sport and creative activities to divert and distract disaffected young people who are considered at risk of offending.
“Gray’s School of Art has an established reputation for community engagement and Streetsport is one of our flagship ‘design led’ initiatives. Successive students from the Communication Design course at Gray’s have contributed to a wide range of activities in collaboration with a variety of project partners, sponsors and stakeholders. Through the application of design methods and processes we have been looking at ways in which designers can apply their skills within the context of intervention and social innovation for the benefit of the local community and wider society”.
Cameron Craddock – Senior Lecturer, Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University.
Enhancing graduate attributes through the facilitation and development of design skills applied within the context of the Streetsport initiative.
“Upon graduation I was employed by Wired Studio in Aberdeen to work on a wide range of design and strategy projects before moving to London in December 2015. I am currently a Visual & User Experience Designer for global service design agency Great Fridays and have worked on accounts including Adidas, Mastercard and McLaren”.
Ali MacManus, Communication Design Student, Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University.
Research and evaluation of the Streetsport project is carried out by both staff and students at Robert Gordon University and is formed around the following key themes.
RGU is a dynamic, modern university with an international reputation for providing high quality education from undergraduate through to PhD level.
Consistently ranked among the UK’s top universities for graduate employment for many years, recent accolades have included:
The diverse and exciting range of degree programmes are taught in state-of-the-art facilities by specialists who maintain close links with the world of work.
Well-established relationships with professional bodies, industrial organisations, government departments and research institutes ensure that all taught content is relevant and meets industry standards.
Our growing reputation for research reflects our interest in finding real solutions to real problems.