The Denis Law Legacy Trust provides outreach projects to children and young people living in and around the Aberdeen area, targeting those at risk of anti-social behaviour.
Their Streetsport programme offers a range of sports and creative-based initiatives for those aged between 10 and 18 such as tennis, football, dancing, Streetdance and Streetfit. Through the Streetsport Project, they identified that many of the young people they are working with struggle to find a positive destination after school.
In 2017, the Trust received funding from the David Doig Foundation to deliver the Positive Destinations Project. The project is an employability initiative, targeting young people aged 16-19. It is a two year programme of personal development, in preparation for employment, gaining basic skills and qualifications in first aid, child protection, IT and driving. The programme aims to build young people’s confidence and leadership skills, through sports coaching and support to identify their desired career path.
Angela admitted that she had ‘gotten involved with the wrong crowd’ and thanks to the Denis Law Legacy Trust, she has now connected with a range of sports, made new friends, and has grown in confidence and self-esteem. She has now started volunteering for the Trust whilst working towards her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. She commented; “For the first time I felt listened to and treated like an adult, I’ve not gotten in trouble since. I go every night to Streetsport and play tennis, hang out or get advice. They give me mentoring and the confidence that I can exceed in everything I do. Streetsport has transformed my life!”