Final countdown for Aberdeen Youth Games as pupil medal unveiled

A creative primary school pupil has unveiled his winning medal design which has been mass produced for this year’s Aberdeen Youth Games (AYG) Festival of Sport.

P6 Mile End School pupil Tom Robertson (10) unveiled his winning Aberdeen Youth Games medal design at Make Aberdeen. More than 1,250 medals featuring the winning design by P6 Mile End School pupil Tom Robertson (10) will be presented to pupils from across the city at the 2016 festival which takes place at Aberdeen Sports Village on Friday, May 20.

The official Aberdeen Youth Games baton is also in the final stages of its journey around each of the 42 participating schools across the Granite City.

Tom, who won a primary school competition held by RGU’s Gray’s School of Art to design the medal, has worked with students and staff at the university to refine his original design and start production of the medals.

Tom was joined by his 26 classmates at Make Aberdeen on Belmont Street on Tuesday, May 17 to unveil the medal design, signalling the final countdown to the Aberdeen Youth Games Festival of Sport.

The finalised design has been replicated on wooden medals with laser cut engravings with help from 3D Design technical staff at Gray’s.

Daniel Sutherland, course leader for 3D Design at Gray’s School of Art, said: “The Aberdeen Youth Games medal design competition has been very popular and there are a lot of creative entries each year.

“Tom’s design really captured our imagination and it has been great to work with him to develop the finished medal which we hope pupils will like when they receive one at the Festival of Sport.”

Tom with some of his P6 classmates from Mile End School.The award-winning project, which is organised by RGU’s Sport and Exercise Science team, Sport Aberdeen and North East Scotland College, 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 Aberdeen Youth Games project. He said: “It’s great to see Tom’s winning design on our Aberdeen Youth Games medals this year and we’re very proud to involve pupils in our preparations for the Festival of Sport.

“The schools have really got behind the project and unveiling the medal is a great way to get the countdown to the festival started. We hope to have another very successful event this year which will inspire young people to take up a new sport.”

As 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 rugby as part of their work placements through Sport Aberdeen this semester, alongside students from North East Scotland College.

Graeme Dale, Development Manager (Active Schools) at Sport Aberdeen, said: “The medal design competition has enabled the Aberdeen Youth Games to host a design project combining two areas of the Curriculum for Excellence - Expressive Arts and Health and Wellbeing.

“Allowing the pupils to use their artistic skills in a sporting context has been very rewarding and we hope it will inspire them to be more active, more often.”

The Wood Foundation and First Bus have provided funding for the 2015-16 Aberdeen Youth Games.

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Ross AndersonCommunications Officer | Health and Sport