Cllr Martin Greig takes part in GoFitba

Last places available for Summer in the City events

The very last of the spaces for the free Summer in the City sessions for youngsters are almost booked out so people are advised to act fast to snap them up.

The places still available are for City Moves universal sessions open to any P4-7 children and S1-3 teenagers on 1 and 2 August.

More than 9,000 free sessions for youngsters including sports activities and crafts are being held as part of Summer in the City across Aberdeen.

This year’s bumper programme of events, which are aimed to support the wellbeing of children and young people, have been extremely popular with almost all places fully booked.

Universal activities were held open to all youngsters and these included more than 90 sessions made up of activities such as family swimming, ice skating, ACC Youth Club, music activity and more than 3,000 bookable spaces over the summer.

There was also a priority groups programme comprising more than 200 sessions including weekly camps, multi days, day long and short sessions with more than 6,000 bookable spaces.

There were also drop-in sessions to places such as TechFest Sociable Science, Trails at the Museum and Galleries, and Peeps at Duthie Park.

Aberdeen City Council Education Operational Committee Convener Councillor Martin Greig visited Manor Park School for one of the most popular sessions, the GoFitba being held by AFC Community Trust.

He said: “It’s fantastic the Summer in the City sessions have been so popular and we hope the youngsters have had a great time.

“We also give thanks to organisations such as Aberdeen FC Community Trust to enable the sessions to be held – the Trust has given exceptional positive support with sporting activities, and they have been great partners for years.

“The SFA is also bringing its expertise and commitment to ensure that the young people experience the fun and build up football skills together. GoFitba is a splendid opportunity which will hopefully be repeated.

"It has been brilliant to see the fun and the team work on the pitch and the players have shown a huge amount of skill and talent. I am very grateful to the organisers for their expert guidance and support. This is an important sports programme that should continue and that should expand."

The Summer in the City events are being run by Aberdeen City Council and partners over the school summer holidays until Friday 19 August. Children and young people across the city have helped to plan the wide range of the free activities to ensure there is something for everyone. 

Grant money was provided by the Scottish Government to ensure those most in need are given priority access, and there were more than 6,000 spaces available for priority groups. This includes children and young people aged 5-14 who: 

  • Live in a single parent household;
  • Are from an ethnic minority family;
  • Have a disability/additional support need or who have a close family member with disability/additional support needs (this includes siblings of those with a disability/additional support needs);
  • Have a mother aged 25 or younger;
  • Have siblings under 1 year old;
  • Are part of a large family (3 or more children).

The Summer in the City programme, delivered in partnership with organisations such as Sport Aberdeen and Aberdeen FC and with the use of existing Council expertise and facilities, includes activities in sports, science, arts and crafts, and interaction with the city’s wildlife and green spaces.

Bookings for the City Moves spaces can be made through Summer in the City 2022 | Aberdeen City Council

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