A leading Scottish charity has given an award-winning sport and culture project in Aberdeen a financial boost.
The Wood Foundation has handed over £10,000 to the Aberdeen Youth Games project, an initiative that encourages primary school pupils in the city to lead healthy and active lives.
Launched in November 2013, more than 3,000 pupils at 36 primary schools have taken part in a number of sporting and cultural activities throughout the last school term.
Organisers, the Robert Gordon University (RGU) and Sport Aberdeen, have set a fundraising target of £25,000 in an attempt to reach as many school children as possible.
And yesterday, they were a step closer to achieving their aim with the generous donation from the Wood Foundation.
The money will allow Aberdeen Youth Games to grow from its successful first year and include an additional platform for competitive sports between secondary schools around the city.
Founder Sir Ian Wood said: “The Aberdeen Youth Games is a fantastic project which reaches a large number of young people across the city and motivates them to lead healthy and active lives.
“I’ve seen the project in action and there’s no doubt that it has inspired school children to try a range of new sports whilst also promoting the importance of global citizenship.
“The funding we have provided will help the team develop it even further to include more primary schools as well as an opportunity for secondary school pupils to participate as well.”
London 2012 Olympic hero Katherine Grainger was announced as an Aberdeen Youth Games ambassador earlier this year.
“The first year of the Aberdeen Youth Games was a great success and with support from the Wood Foundation we can increase the reach and scope of project to involve even more pupils,” she said.