More than 1,400 primary school pupils descended on the Sports Village to celebrate a unique sports and health project for children in the Granite City.
The pupils from 46 city primary schools gathered for the Festival of Sport to mark the end of the Aberdeen Youth Games.
Launched in 2013 by Robert Gordon University’s Sport and Exercise Science team and Sport Aberdeen, the Aberdeen Youth Games is an innovative and multi award-winning programme which promotes physical activity, health and wellbeing among young people.
Dame Katherine Grainger DBE returned to the festival to cheer on the pupils, having been an inspirational ambassador for the Youth Games since its launch.
She said: “It’s been amazing, you’ve got 1,400 young people, beautiful sunshine, fresh air and the noise of enthusiasm and passion – you can’t go wrong, really.
“I love sport, I love what it can do at the top level and what it can do at the beginning when you are just starting out.
“It’s so nice to see people enjoying sport and just doing it for fun.”
She was joined by fellow ambassadors Sir Ian Wood CBE, Aberdeen rowing star and RGU Sport Science graduate Lewis McCue and former Scotland hockey captain Leigh Fawcett, alongside invited guests such as Aileen Campbell MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Public Health and Sport.
Each pupil who participated in the festival received a special commemorative medal which was designed by P5/6 Kaimhill School pupil Marta Stachowska, as part of a competition with Gray’s School of Art. The medals were produced at MAKE Aberdeen.
Bryan McCann, lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at RGU, leads the university’s involvement in the Aberdeen Youth Games programme.
He said: “The Aberdeen Youth Games is an exciting programme that is made possible by our innovative approach to allow students to act as community assets.
“Thanks to an outstanding partnership between RGU, Sport Aberdeen and North East of Scotland College, we have been able to maximise the potential for our students to make a positive impact in the local community.”