Pupils get a kick out of Cruyff Court

Leisure: New ‘Neale Cooper’ fa­cil­ity

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY KAITLIN EASTON

Pri­mary school­child­ren from Tul­los were the first to visit the new Cruyff Court Neale Cooper in Aberdeen yes­ter­day.

Con­struc­tion on the £300,000 com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity is due to fin­ish early and pupils were given a taster ses­sion on the fa­cil­i­ties.

They also had a class­room ses­sion with the De­nis Law Le­gacy Trust’s Street­sport team and the project ar­chi­tect.

The official open­ing of the site will take place in late Novem­ber when the pris­tine amenity is opened to the pub­lic.

Aberdeen City Coun­cil co-leader, Dou­glas Lums­den, said: “I think it’s go­ing to be a great ad­di­tion to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“It’s great that there is a fa­cil­ity like this which the com­mu­nity can use that is free of charge, and they can just turn up and use it.

“It’s also nice that it has been named af­ter one of Aberdeen’s greats. I think it is a fit­ting touch to his mem­ory that the com­mu­nity will be able to see his name.

“Hope­fully, it will in­spire some of the younger kids to go and look him up and see what achieve­ments he did for the city and for Scot­land.”

Fel­low coun­cil co-leader, Jenny Laing, said: “The Cruyff Court con­cept is all about cre­at­ing fun, safe and en­gag­ing spa­ces for young peo­ple and it is fan­tas­tic to see the pupils of Tul­los get­ting a first taste of this won­der­ful fa­cil­ity on their doorstep.”

Cruyff Court Neale Cooper is be­ing built ad­ja­cent to Tul­los Pri­mary and has been named in hon­our of the leg­endary Dons player, who died last year.

Gra­ham Thom, chair­man of the De­nis Law Le­gacy Trust, said: “Cruyff Court Neale Cooper and Cruyff Court De­nis Law are named in hon­our of two men whose achieve­ments go far beyond foot­ball and the fa­cil­i­ties are also about more than sport.

“They are about giv­ing young peo­ple a fo­cal point and en­cour­age­ment to de­velop in lots of dif­fer­ent ways.

“We are so pleased with the progress there has been at Tul­los in a short pe­riod of time and it was fit­ting that the pupils at Tul­los were the first vis­i­tors.

“I am sure that they will all spend many hours on Cruyff Court Neale Cooper in the years to come.”

There are more than 250 Cruyff Courts world­wide and the De­nis Law Le­gacy Trust spear­headed the in­tro­duc­tion of the con­cept to the north-east.

KICK OFF: Coun­cil co-lead­ers Dou­glas Lums­den and Jenny Laing try out the Cruyff fa­cil­ity with Tul­los pupils

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