In 2014 and 2015 The Wood Foundation committed £10,000 to the Aberdeen Youth Games - a programme supported by Robert Gordon University, Sport Aberdeen's Active Schools team and the North East of Scotland College.
The aim of the Aberdeen Youth Games is to establish a city wide sports programme that promotes and increases physical activity and healthy lifestyle amongst Aberdeen's young people. This is achieved by placing sports students on placement within schools to provide additional sport and coaching sessions to 3,500 primary school pupils each year.
The programme celebrates sport and physical activity cumulating in the annual Aberdeen Youth Games where 1,000 primary school children participate in a one day festival of sport with pupils of all abilities having the opportunity to try a range of sporting activities while competing for their school.
As the programme has developed more students have become involved in the planning and management of the games. Students from event management, health and nutrition and art and design have all contributed to the successful running of the games. Students from Gray's School of Art have designed a baton, medals and posters for the games, while event management students have contributed to the logistics required for delivering the games day.
The games have five ambassadors - one of who is Sir Ian Wood, Chairman of The Wood Foundation. Olympic gold medal winning rower Katherine Grainger CBE and Olympic snowboarder Ben Kilner are also Ambassadors, alongside Scotland footballer Rachel Corsie and Scotland hockey player Leigh Fawcett.