SPORT Aberdeen has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Large Organisation of the Year’ category of the 2023 Celebrate Aberdeen Awards.
Now in its fourth year, the awards ceremony recognises and celebrates the vast contribution made by third sector organisations, volunteers and individuals across Aberdeen and will take place at The Chester Hotel on October 28.
Thanks to the generosity and financial support of sponsors, all award category finalists and their guests will attend the evening event for free.
Sport Aberdeen’s award entry highlighted some of its achievements, including generating more than £8M in social value in the last financial year through delivery of sport and physical activity across its venues and programmes.
The impact of its SPACE programme for care experienced children and young people was emphasised – the charity delivered 600 hours of direct support to young people through one-to-one interventions.
Based on understanding that relative poverty adversely impacts on health and wellbeing, Sport Aberdeen currently provides over 500 Get active and Get active Junior memberships to all care experienced children, young people and a member of their support network.
These free memberships provide access to activities including swimming, ice skating, golf, tennis, tubing, snowsports and more.
The award entry also referred to Sport Aberdeen’s Active Lifestyles programme for older adults with long term health conditions, and the charity’s involvement in sportscotland nationwide initiative, Kit for All.
Kit for All aims to remove participation barriers to sport and physical activity by providing recycled and pre-loved sports kits to individuals and families who could benefit from the support.
Sport Aberdeen has drop off and collection points at all its fitness venues and has involved other external partners including Decathlon and Goals Aberdeen.
Graeme Dale, Head of Sport and Active Communities, said: “We are thrilled to be a finalist in this year’s Celebrate Aberdeen Awards.
“The volume and calibre of entries is always high, so it is humbling to be shortlisted and recognised for the work that we do.
“Congratulations to all the other finalists and we look forward to celebrating together at the event in October.”
Celebrate Aberdeen board member, Susan Crighton said: “This is our fourth awards event, we have been humbled yet again by the fact we received so many applications from such a diverse range of charities and individuals, all of whom are doing amazing things.
“Celebrate Aberdeen was created to give recognition to the many wonderful people who work in, volunteer for, and support our third sector. We cannot wait to share their successes on our awards night.”
The full list of finalists can be found here.
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