Robert Gordon University

Transforming children's lives through sport

Thousands of schoolchildren in Aberdeen have witnessed the transformative power of sport, thanks to the annual Aberdeen Youth Games, developed Dr Bryan McCann at Robert Gordon University. 

Bryan worked with Sport Aberdeen to organise placements in local schools for his students studying Applied Sport and Exercise Science. These placements were designed to promote exercise and physical activity. With the 2014 Commonwealth Games on the horizon, Bryan worked with Sport Aberdeen to create the Aberdeen Youth Games as an innovative and fun city-wide celebration of sport for children. Under Bryan’s tutelage, students from Robert Gordon University and North East of Scotland College now deliver more than 900 hours of skills-based coaching at local schools every year, culminating in the final Festival of Sport attended by more than 1500 pupils.

The Aberdeen Youth Games has attracted recognition from many funders and sports stars, including Olympian Dame Katherine Grainger, who now acts as an ambassador to the programme.

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