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15/05/2024

New Outdoor Community Sports Facility Opens In Tillydrone

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A new outdoor community sports facility has officially opened in Tillydrone, Aberdeen.

Aberdeen FC Captain Willie Miller opened the new Cruyff Court.

Cruyff Court Willie Miller was named in honour of the Dons' skipper who led the team to the Cup Winners’ Cup victory over Real Madrid in 1983.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Dr David Cameron, was joined by Willie Miller in opening the facility, as well as representatives of the Denis Law Legacy Trust and Johan Cruyff Foundation, and members of the Tillydrone and Woodside Community Councils.

The Lord Provost said: "This is a fantastic addition to not only the local community but Aberdeen and will be popular with all ages.

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"I am delighted that the new court is named after Aberdeen FC's most successful captain, who led the team during their most successful period, and I hope that everyone who uses this facility can take inspiration from Willie’s fantastic achievements."

The new facility has made Aberdeen one of only two cities in the UK to have three Cruyff Courts, both named after local football heroes, Cruyff Court Denis Law in Catherine Street and Cruyff Court Neale Cooper in Tullos.

Mr Miller said: "I am truly honoured to have my name associated with this new facility that will offer young people a safe space to engage in sport for years to come.

"Spaces like the Cruyff Courts are vital in reducing anti-social behaviour and encouraging young people to keep active and so, I am confident the community will wholeheartedly embrace this fantastic facility."

Local school children from Riverside Primary School and St Machar Academy tried out the new court by taking part in activities organised by the Denis Law Legacy Trust’s Streetsport programme.

The court includes an artificial sports and activity area, basketball and dodgeball courts, mini-tennis courts and a running track and is free for anyone to use.

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