Aberdeen will soon be home to Scotland’s first “Cruyff court” to encourage poorer families to get outside and be active.
Catherine Street Court is to undergo a make-over as part of regeneration plans inspired by recently deceased Ajax and Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff.
The new pitch is all-weather astroturf playing area which gives children and young people from poorer areas of the city to practice their skills.
Plans were approved unanimously by councillors yesterday, and the new venture has been backed by footballing legend Denis Law.
There are almost 200 Cruyff courts in more than 15 countries around the world, but this will be Scotland’s first. Numerous professional footballers have credited their success to the scheme.
More than £250,000 has been committed by Aberdeen City Council in partnership with The Denis Law Legacy Trust and the Johan Cruyff Foundation.
Council leader Jenny Laing said: “This ambitious project is another example of how significant investment in existing facilities as well as developing new infrastructure can transform our communities for the better.
“The Cruyff court is a global initiative which recognises the educational, social and inclusive value the old playing fields brought to our communities.
“This commitment will provide access to children and young people from all backgrounds to be active and to enjoy freedom within the city to play in a safe, secure environment.”
The Denis Law Cruyff Court, which has been designed with the help of communication design and architecture students at the Robert Gordon University, will host a range of free sessions, including football, hockey and street dance.
Graham Thom, chairman of the Denis Law Legacy Trust, said: “We are thrilled to now include the Cruyff Foundation as one of our delivery partners and all funds raised will help support the delivery of our activities including Streetsport and the annual Denis Law Community Football Festival which is hosted by Aberdeen Sports Village throughout July.”
The trust already delivers several activities across the city, including its flagship Streetsport programme.”