Law on ball with all-weather ac­tiv­ity area

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News Highlands & Islands -

The open­ing of Scot­land’s in­au­gu­ral Cruyff Court in Aberdeen has been hailed as a de­vel­op­ment which can im­prove the health of peo­ple in the city.

The di­lap­i­dated Cather­ine Street fa­cil­ity has un­der­gone a huge trans­for­ma­tion into an all-weather ac­tiv­ity area.

The re­fur­bish­ment work was done by the De­nis Law Legacy Trust, the Jo­han Cruyff Foun­da­tion and Aberdeen City Coun­cil, with a com­bined £200,000 be­ing spent on the ini­tia­tive, which will be known as the Cruyff Court De­nis Law.

The late Dutch foot­ball le­gend, Jo­han Cruyff, came up with the idea of the epony­mous courts as a means of pro­vid­ing safe play ar­eas for chil­dren and young peo­ple in ur­ban ar­eas to en­cour­age fit­ness and well­be­ing.

Aberdeen City Coun­cil leader Jenny Laing be­lieves the amenity will be great for the Gran­ite City and can also im­prove the health of Aber­do­nians.

She said: “It will be a won­der­ful as­set. And to be al­low­ing peo­ple to take part in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity is im­por­tant be­cause it is about the fu­ture well-be­ing of our pop­u­la­tion.

“If you get peo­ple started in sport at the very be­gin­ning, they tend to con­tinue with it through­out their lives and that im­proves health in the long term.”

Gra­ham Thom, chair­man of the De­nis Law Legacy Trust, added: “I’m very ex­cited about the ben­e­fits of this fa­cil­ity.”

De­nis Law in Aberdeen

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