The Streetsport initiative in Aberdeen, partly funded by money seized from criminals across Scotland, has been highlighted for the impact it is having on young people.
A Scottish Government tour of causes, fronted by mascot Jamie the unicorn, has picked out Streetsport for the work its doing with youngsters.
Run by The Denis Law Legacy Trust, the scheme offers youngsters a number of free-to-access sport and activity programmes.
The charity, named after one of Aberdeen’s most famous footballing sons, is credited with lowering crime rates in the city.
One youngster, who attends the charity’s activities, said: “Streetsport has completely changed my life.
“They have helped me through some of my toughest times and I honestly love being part of the crew, it’s like one big extended family.”
The Denis Law Legacy Trust is one of 194 projects nationwide to have received part of nearly £780,000 from the CashBack for Communities Youth Work fund this year.
The money, seized from the profit of criminal activity, is being targeted towards young people in Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities, and those who live in remote rural locations.
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf MSP said: “For the last 11 years, Cashback for Communities has seen the proceeds of crime, seized by Scotland’s law enforcement agencies, invested in young people to help them reach their full potential.
“Since 2008, we have committed nearly £110million which has delivered 2.5 million activities and opportunities for young people across Scotland.”