Shire Street Sports
Bookings and Enquiries
Both North and South Units
Kenny Gibb at Leisurelend, Inverurie on 01467 624274, 07824518644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Street Sport?
The Street Sport units are mobile football arenas designed to be erected on flat areas wherever the need to provide the activity arises. Each measures 10mx15m and has solid kick board sidings with a high netting surround. There is no floor to the unit. Each is easily erected in about half an hour with 4 strong adults. The Arenas can also be used for other sports and games. Each unit is contained in a box trailer which requires a vehicle capable of towing two and a half tonnes and a driver with a towing licence.
Who is Street Sport for?
The Street Sport Arenas are primarily for use as diversionary actvities in areas where young people tend to gather. Decisions on where to place the units and when, are taken by the Community Safety Partnership sub group. Grampian Police are an important partner and sessions will often be run by community policemen though youth workers and sports coaches are often also involved.
Aberdeenshire Council in partnership with Grampian Police runs an initiative aimed at improving youth participation in sporting activities.
The Shire Street Sports mobile sports arena brings a range of sporting activities to towns and villages throughout Aberdeenshire, which includes street football, street hockey and street basketball.
The arena is aimed at tackling the underlying issues which impact on the quality of life in our communities.
Shire Street Sports rotates around towns and villages is delivered on the streets where young people meet during evenings, weekends and holiday times; filling a gap and countering claims by young people that there is 'nothing to do'.
Community Beat Officers and Sports coaches will engage with young people and encourage their active participation.
Chief Inspector for South Aberdeenshire Division, David Wright said '' Our communities generally experience a low crime rate. However instances of anti social behaviour can adversely affect the quality of life in our local communities. 'Therefore I am delighted that Grampian Police, along with our partners, have launched Shire Street Sports, to positively engage with young people across Aberdeenshire. By taking the facility direct to communities where young people are known to congregate, we can, along with our partners, deliver a strong positive messages about citizenship, lifestyle, health and fitness.
Andy Miller, Senior Sports Development Officer, Aberdeenshire Council added '' The Council is excited to be delivering the Shire Street Sports brand, which has been specifically designed, along with the 'pumped up' strap line, to be instantly recognisable and capture the imagination of our young people.
"We intend to employ an integrated approach with Community Learning and Development to offer support and sporting opportunities to target groups. It is important that our youth have a say in what activities are offered with the emphasis on FUN. We are also encouraging them to take up opportunities in terms of volunteering, sporting pathways and potentially becoming a coach themselves".
One of the principle benefits of utilising a mobile sports arena is that it can be easily erected in less traditional sporting locations such as supermarket car parks, town centres. It enables us to reach into smaller target areas and assist the Community Wardens to engage more closely with the community. Young adultsare encouraged to assist in running the programme on a volunteer basis, even if it is just helping set up and take down the arena. Training is offered to volunteers.
"When we first heard about this idea we knew it was something really special," said Karen Smith, Grampian Housing Association's new initiatives manager, "young people often say there is nothing to do so taking street sports to the street is a great solution. The Association is fully behind this project and has been supporting the team to make it happen."
The whole initiative is co-ordinated by Sports Development. Thanks go to BG Group who are a key sponsor and The Big Picture, who has sponsored the graphic design and brand image.