The Russell Anderson Development School was launched in 2012 with the goal of improving and increasing the provision of football development within recognised socially deprived areas of Aberdeen.
The programme has developed since 2012 and in collaboration with several local Primary Schools has become firmly established in the timetable contributing towards the children’s physical activity levels on a weekly basis in addition to after school coaching sessions. Our achievements have since been recognised in the 2017 Aberdeen City Council Children and Young People’s Service Awards.
All our coaches are PVG certified, disclosure checked and passionate about the various benefits of sport and football.
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“The Russell Anderson Development School has been a tremendous asset and contribution to the work of Active Schools and the St Machar ASG community since it’s conception.
Alongside football, this unique programme provides children who often are disengaged with their school life, the opportunity to develop a wide range of life skills, as well as encourage a healthier lifestyle through exercise and education.
While working with Graeme and his coaching team, I have had the privilege of seeing children engage in sport for the first time. This positive first experience has then encouraged them to try new activities, and their confidence, self-esteem and general well-being has significantly improved because of it.
This unique programme provides children who often are disengaged with their school life, the opportunity to develop a wide range of life skills, as well as encourage a healthier lifestyle through exercise and education.
From a personal point of view, I could not commend the team at the Russell Anderson Development School enough, and have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside them. To see the number of children involved in the programme grow and grow in the last few years is a testament to the fantastic work they do, and I look forward to seeing how this continues in the future.”
Kelly Forrest – Active Schools Coordinator (St Machar ASG – Aberdeen City)
Sport Aberdeen’s Active Schools Team are responsible for putting in place and driving forward a range of planned activities in both school and community settings to help encourage children and young people’s participation in physical activity and sport.