Diversionary Activity Project

An exciting new multi-sports diversionary initiative has got off to a flying start across Aberdeenshire. The project is now in its fourth week and is already attracting good support at each venue with numbers still growing!

The initiative focuses on providing diversionary activities for children and young people, aged 12- 16 years. Participants are encouraged to get active and experience a variety of activities including sports, dance and healthy cooking. Opportunities are also available for older participants (17+) to volunteer, gain coaching experience and elements of programme management. The following sports are on offer: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Hockey and Rugby.

The initiative, which is open to everyone within the age group, encourages genuine engagement and support for participants through a partnership approach. The involvement of a number of key agencies has enabled the project to target young people at risk of alcohol and other drug misuse.

Aberdeenshire Council Sports Development Officer, Fraser Govan, commented on the successful start to the programme. “We are excited that this has caught the eye of Scottish Government and a number of sports governing bodies as an ideal model for multi agency working. This allows us to broaden the range of opportunities we can offer to communities within Aberdeenshire with a view to extending and sustaining this initiative into the future.”

Stonehaven Leisure Centre is one of three venues where the project has been rolled out.

Anyone wishing further information can search for ‘active hub’ on Facebook. Or contact Fraser on 01569 768355 or via email at fraser.govan@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.