A dedicated volunteer who supports a leading sport project for young people in the north-east has been recognised at Aberdeen’s Sports Awards.
Craig Philips (26) received the Outstanding Commitment Award for his work with the Streetsport initiative at the event held at Aberdeen Beach Ballroom on Thursday, June 6.
Craig, who works as a careers advisor at Skills Development Scotland across Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City, joined the Streetsport team which is based at RGU:Sport, in August 2011. He said he was proud to receive the award and praised the initiative for the positive impact it has had on the north-east community.
“I felt tremendously honoured to be nominated for the award and even more so when I was announced as the winner,” said Craig. “I enjoy my volunteer work with the Streetsport team and use as many of my work-related skills as possible to help them engage with young people.
“The Streetsport project a great way to connect with those who are disengaged and may not have the opportunity to develop their confidence, skills and self-belief. Seeing just how effective the initiative is encourages me to work even harder to make sure we can reach as many young people as possible.”
Streetsport was established in 2006 and uses activities and sports to provide alternatives for young people in their own communities during the evenings.
The overall aim of the project is to reduce instances of youth crime and anti-social behaviour, promote health and wellbeing and encourage inclusivity through sport, physical activity and creative endeavour.
More than 3,000 young people now regularly participate on an annual basis in 12 different locations around Aberdeen. Following this success, the Streetsport partnership network has grown to include a number of local companies and agencies in its annual calendar of activities across the north-east.
Streetsport development officer, Andrew Wood, praised Craig’s contribution to the team and said the award was a well deserved acknowledgement of his hard work over the years.
“Craig’s contribution to Streetsport has been phenomenal,” he said. “The team are very proud that he has been recognised at Aberdeen’s Sports Awards with the Outstanding Commitment Award, it is very well earned indeed.
“Streetsport is a very important project in Aberdeen and with the help of dedicated volunteers like Craig it delivers accessible activities for young people and enables them to make positive life choices.”
For more information about Streetsport, please visit: www.streetsport.org
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