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Countdown to Aberdeen Youth Games 2015 begins


A local primary school pupil has seen her medal design go into mass production as the countdown to the second Aberdeen Youth Games (AYG) Festival of Sport gets underway.

Middleton Park School pupil Zahra Magaji shows off her winning medal design with Communication Design student Sarah Black.Over 1,000 medals featuring the winning design of Zahra Magaji (9), a Primary 5 pupil at Middleton Park School, will be produced ahead of the 2015 festival, which takes place on May 29 at Aberdeen Sports Village.

A relay, featuring the official Aberdeen Youth Games baton which was designed by Braehead School pupil Reece Carson last year, started from Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Garthdee campus to mark the one month countdown.

The baton will travel around the 40 participating schools in the lead up to the event which will see around 1,200 pupils from primary schools across the city gather to take part in a variety of sporting activities.

Zahra, who won a primary school competition held by RGU’s Gray’s School of Art to design the medal, has worked with Communication Design student Sarah Black to refine her ideas.

The finalised medal design has been replicated on polished transparent perspex with laser cut engraving work and laser cut outline with help from 3D Design technical staff at Gray’s, and will be distributed to each of this year’s Festival of Sport participants.

(L to R) Sport Aberdeen Modern Apprentices Hogan Ruddell, Cassie Cowper and Alex Wilkinson started the Aberdeen Youth Games baton relay from RGU’s Garthdee campus.Lenny Smith, Head of Design at Gray’s School of Art, said: “We were very impressed by the entries that we had from pupils for the medal competition, but Zahra’s really stood out for us and it has been fantastic to see it develop and come to life with Sarah’s help.

“Gray’s is delighted to be involved in this project and the medals will be a great keepsake for all the participants in this year’s event.”

The award-winning project, which is organised by RGU’s Sport and Exercise Science team and Sport Aberdeen, aims to motivate primary school pupils to lead healthy and active lives through the celebration of sport.

Bryan McCann, lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at RGU, leads the project and is looking forward to the Festival of Sport.

He said: “We are all very excited about this year’s event, which has built on the success of the inaugural Youth Games and now involves even more schools and pupils in Aberdeen.

“The schools really got behind the baton relay last year and it is a great way to get the countdown to the Festival started. Along with the addition of these wonderful medals that Zahra, Sarah and the staff at Gray’s have helped create, everything is falling into place for what we hope will be another very successful event that will inspire young people to take up a new sport.”

Aberdeen Youth Games LogoAs part of the build-up to this year’s Aberdeen Youth Games, more than 30 second year BSc (Hons) Applied Sports and Exercise Science students from RGU have been coaching pupils in basketball, tennis and badminton as part of their work placements through Sport Aberdeen this semester, alongside students from North East Scotland College.

Graeme Dale, Senior Development Manager, Active Schools at Sport Aberdeen, said: “The medal design competition has enabled the Aberdeen Youth Games to host a project combining two areas of the Curriculum for Excellence - Expressive Arts and Health and Wellbeing. This has allowed pupils to utilise their artistic skills in a sporting context.”

The Wood Foundation, First Bus and SportsMatch have provided funding for the 2014-15 Aberdeen Youth Games.

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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology