Nov 282016

With thanks to Yvette Rayner, PR Account Manager, Frasermedia.

asv-santa-1Budding Santas are being urged to don their festive gear to bring some cheer to a children’s charity.

Christmas is all about giving and a fun-filled festive event at Aberdeen’s world-class sports facility is offering people of all ages the chance to join lots of cheery Santas to give something back.

Aberdeen Sports Village (ASV), in Linksfield Road, is hosting its first ever Santa Run and Obstacle Course, in aid of Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

The seasonal sporting extravaganza will take place at the Chris Anderson Stadium at ASV on Saturday, 10th December 2016.

The entry fee of £12.50 for adults and £7 for children includes a Santa suit with a hat, and sporty Santas can run, jog or walk the one-mile race and/or the one-mile obstacle course. No previous experience or fitness level is required and the event is open to fun-filled Aberdonians of all ages, from children to grandparents.

CEO of ASV, Duncan Sinclair, said:

“Christmas is coming and it is time to don our Santa hats and get festive! The Santa run is the ideal way to kick off your Christmas season and gift donations to a very worthy children’s charity. The one-mile race and short obstacle course will not be too tough but are the perfect opportunity to get some exercise while celebrating the most wonderful time of the year.

“ASV is delighted to be supporting CHAS as they do a fantastic job caring for babies and children with life-shortening conditions. It is important to think of others at Christmas so we urge as many people to come along to our Santa Run as possible.”

Emma Moore, community fundraiser at CHAS, said:

“We’re really excited that Aberdeen Sports Village has chosen to support CHAS with proceeds from their first ever Santa run event. It is shaping up to be a really fun day out for runners and non-runners alike, and we’re definitely looking forward to seeing everyone in their Santa suits!

“At CHAS, we put a huge emphasis on producing memories, so that families make the most of the precious moments they have together. This event is no exception, we hope people in and around Aberdeen will get behind it and sign up to take part!

“CHAS is the only national hospice charity in Scotland, which provides care to babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions. Our CHAS at Home service operates across Aberdeenshire and we have two hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch.”

Entries for the Aberdeen Santa run and obstacle race can be made at


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Apr 122012

With thanks to Dave Macdermid.

Local Teenager Neil Innes picked up two gold medals recently at the British Table Tennis Association for People with Disabilities (BTTAD) National Championships in Crewe.

Neil, 15, who is a member of the Aberdeen Sports Village Table Tennis Academy, and was competing at this level for this first time, won gold convincingly in the under 18 event.

Neil also triumphed in Band C of the senior event, and is already setting his sights higher.

Donald Pirie of the Aberdeen Sports Village Table Tennis Academy said:

“The target for Neil now is to compete in Band A, the top 12 level in the UK. Although he is a bit away from this yet, his continued attendance at the Academy sessions will hopefully get him working towards this.”

Neil, who only recently took up the sport, continues to train with Westhill Table Tennis Club, and competes for them in the local league.

The Aberdeen Sports Village Table Tennis Academy was launched in December 2010, and gives young stars the unrivalled opportunity to train in world class facilities while receiving expert coaching to help them further develop in their sport. Combined with the Aberdeen Sports Village’s Table Tennis Club, it provides the perfect feeder system for young talented athletes.