Aberdeen sport’s centre Transition Extreme will mark 10 years since its launch this weekend with a day of events.
Opening its doors in 2007, it has expanded beyond all recognition since those early days.
Beginning life as a skatepark and climbing facility, Aberdeen’s Transition Extreme has gone on to change the lives of many youngsters in the North-east.
Taking an active role within the community, the project has grown to incorporate multiple schemes across the city.
Centre manager Joe Coleman said its youth programme has been a huge success.
He said: “We have run 12 Alternative Academies, which is our flagship full-time, 12-week youth programme for people aged between 15 and 18.”
“We provide classroom classes for school leavers who have become disengaged with traditional school and help them with their future employability.
“We help them develop their CVs and prepare them for their future.”
So far 134 people have engaged with the Alternative Academy scheme and in total Transition Extreme has seen 269 young people take part in employability programmes, with many now working at the centre.
The charity’s reach has also seen it work within the community, with Bridge of Don, Torry and Kincorth among areas to benefit from Extreme Summers.
The programme involves visiting skateparks across the city and rejuvenating the surrounding areas by engaging with young people in the community, something Joe is particularly proud of.
He said: “It’s really satisfying seeing a positive change in young peoples’ lives who were unclear on what the future held for them.”
The centre manager has been a part of the Transition Extreme family for more than a decade – joining six months before it opened in 2007.
He said: “I think I’ve worked in almost every department.
“It’s great to see how we have grown over the years.”
An anniversary event this weekend will offer a taster to those who may not have tried extreme sports before.
Joe said: “We are looking to give back to a community that has given us so much over the past 10 years.
“We look forward to welcoming new faces to the centre to help us celebrate on the day.”
The event will be held tomorrow at Transition Extreme between 10am and 8pm.