The preferred location for Aberdeen’s second Cruyff Court has been announced.
Tullos is in line to benefit from the £300,000 community facility.
The project is being led by Aberdeen City Council, the Denis Law Legacy Trust and the Cruyff Foundation.
It comes after the Cruyff Foundation announced a £50,000 funding award for the project, adding to the £250,000 already set aside.
Cruyff Court Denis Law, became the first facility of its type in Scotland when it was opened in 2017 and plans for the second site have taken a significant step forward. The Catherine Street site has been hugely popular, with sessions delivered at the pitch through the RGU Streetsport programme.
Denis Law, who is back in his home city this week for the Denis Law Legacy Trust’s annual fundraising dinner, said: “I am extremely proud to be associated with the work done by the Denis Law Legacy Trust and Streetsport in areas of Aberdeen where young people need to be encouraged to be the best they can.
“I grew up kicking a ball on the streets of the city and without the wonderful facilities now on offer through the Cruyff Foundation. My message to youngsters in Torry is: the new Cruyff Court will offer you a great opportunity to become a better citizen. Grab that opportunity and make yourself fitter and healthier and ready to tackle the world.”
Councillor Jenny Laing, co-leader of Aberdeen City Council, welcomed the second court.
She said: “We were incredibly proud to open Scotland’s first Cruyff Court and to honour two legends of world football in the process. Denis is Aberdeen’s most famous sporting son and, as we saw when he was awarded the freedom of the city last year and thousands lined the streets, his impact spans the generations.
“It is exciting to be in a position to push forward with the plans for a second Cruyff Court, particularly given the impact the first has had since its launch.
“Aberdeen City Council is pleased to be investing in the second facility and we welcome the foundation’s funding support.”
Graham Thom, chairman of the Denis Law Legacy trust, said: “This is another significant step for the Denis Law Legacy Trust-backed Streetsport initiative and we continue our efforts to take sport into the heart of communities.”