Broch hosts last Street Sports of the summer

Street football fun for: Lauren Robinson, Courtney Robinson, Jensen Simpson, Kyle Kewley and Junior Kewley. Picture: Alison Kennedy
Street football fun for: Lauren Robinson, Courtney Robinson, Jensen Simpson, Kyle Kewley and Junior Kewley. Picture: Alison Kennedy

Shire Street Sports ran its last session of the summer at Kinnaird Head on Thursday, July 28, offering young people the opportunity to have a go at various sporting activities.

The afternoon session saw the mobile sporting arena set up in the car park of the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses and Fraserburgh Heritage Centre.

Despite the grey and blustery weather, there was a reasonable turnout of young people taking up the opportunity of the specialised facility that enabled them to enjoy a game of street football, street hockey and street basketball.

Speaking to the Herald, Kenny Gibb, Street Sports co-ordinator said: “Unfortunately the weather has not been as kind to us as it was last year when we had a glorious day and around 50 young people turned up to enjoy one of the sporting activities on offer.

“However we have had a reasonable attendance considering the weather and everyone has enjoyed it.”

Aimed at improving youth participation in sporting activities, Shire Street Sports is run by a partnership between Aberdeenshire Council and Grampian Police, rotating around towns and villages and delivered on the streets where young people meet during evenings, weekends and holiday times; filling a gap and countering claims that there is ‘nothing to do’.

Community learning and development worker Jan Brown explained that although this was the last street sports session of the summer more are in the pipeline at a later date.

“This is the last street sports session of the summer however we are looking at starting up again in October and will release further details nearer the time,” she said.

Utilising mobile football arenas that measure 10m x 15m, with solid kick board sidings and a high netting surround, the street sports facilities are designed to be erected on flat areas wherever the need to provide activity arises.