Transition wins two awards in a week



Transition Extreme Sports Ltd, the Aberdeen based youth charity which developed and now operates the Action Sports Centre down at Aberdeen Beach, has recently collected two further awards on the back of a successful first year of operation. These awards recognise the success of Transition as both a Charity and a Business and complement the Northern Lights Tourism Award won by the organisation at the end of last year.


Socially Responsible Business 2008


This award, presented by Crimestoppers at it 20th Birthday Celebrations on the 10th of June, named Transition Extreme as its socially responsible business of the year. The award recognised the work Transition has been doing, as a charity, to help young people get involved in sports, arts and music as a way of helping them avoid other less positive recreational activities such as drugs and alcohol.


Over the course of last year, and with the support of Aberdeen City Council, Transition Extreme delivered a series of initiatives targeted at schools, young people and their families. These projects included free evening, weekend and holiday sessions – when everyone was welcome to have a go at climbing, skateboarding, bmxing and in-line skating; set against a background of music and good food.


One project, in particular, clinched the award for Transition; the Urban Arts Project. This initiative, delivered in partnership with the Arts Development Team, from Aberdeen City Council, saw 32 young people from Hazelhead, Torry, Kincorth and Garthdee come to Transition to learn about urban art and explore the distinction between true art, vandalism and the effects of graffiti on the community – as well as participate in the urban and adventure sports on offer at the centre.


In the same week as winning this award Transition also heard that it had secured funding from the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities Programme to deliver a second ‘Urban Arts’ programme. This initiative sees the money from criminal activity reinvested in the community.


The Grampian Awards for Business Enterprise – Business Success (under 3 yrs)


Transition Extreme’s second award recognised the success achieved by Transition Extreme as a new business with only 1 year of trading to its name. The company was presented with the accolade at the Grampian Awards for Business Enterprise on the 12th of June. The award was presented to Transition on the back of an excellent first year for the business.


The centre, which opened only some 2 years 9 months from starting the business plan, is already seen as a model example of public and private cooperation, an innovative Social Enterprise and a facility that is the envy of cities 3 or 4 times the size of Aberdeen.  The centre has frequent visitors from other Local Authorities, Sports Trusts and charities, keen to examine the Transition model and it’s applicability for their geographic area.


The statistics for the centre tell their own story with almost 3,000 annual members, double the original business plan, some 20,000 day members and in excess of 100,000 total visitors to the centre. Key users of the centre have included:

30 + Schools and colleges which have attended regularly as part of the curriculum, activities weeks and after school clubs.
80 + community groups, and
more than 60 corporate organisations for teambuilding, meetings and client events.


Transition also made a commitment to bring exciting and interesting events to Aberdeen, to help showcase the city as a vibrant place to live and work, to benefit the local economy with increased visitor numbers and to highlight Aberdeen City and Shire as a great outdoor and adventure sports destination. 


….And once again Transition has delivered hosting 6 Major events in the skatepark including 6 major skateboard events, 2 BMX events and 2 major inline skating shows– each attracting hundreds of visitors from throughout the UK, Europe and North America.  The climbing centre has also seen its share of the action hosting 2 major youth climbing championships and a full winter season bouldering league. Corporate “climbers” have also been well catered for with Transition playing host to the first ever climbing event for the Activity Mix corporate decathlon in which 40 teams took part.






Your Support


Winning both these awards, on the back of an excellent first years trading, confirms that Transition Extreme delivers maximum benefit to the community when it works in partnership with others and Transition remains committed to further expanding the relationship with partner agencies including Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Council, Grampian Police, Grampian Fire and Rescue, NHS Grampian, Visit Scotland and other leading youth charities and community groups.


It goes with out saying that without your sponsorship support none of this would have been possible – so a very BIG thank you from the Transition Team






Ian Heywood, Chief Executive   – Transition Extreme Sports Limited

Tel 01224 310262 (Cell 07966066943)





Centre Development Funding and Sponsors


Total Funding Requirement


Aberdeen City Council


Bank of Scotland -loan finance

£ 500,000

Robertson – Trust

£ 200,000

Shell UK Limited

£ 100,000

Scottish Enterprise Grampian

£ 300,000

Fundraising events

£ 30,000

Sportscotland (Lottery)


Apache North Sea

£ 45,000

The MacRobert Trust

£ 15,000

The Gannochy Trust

£ 15,000

Production Services Network

£ 25,000

First Group

£ 10,000

Aberdeen Safer Comm. Trust

£ 3,000

Talisman Energy


Stena Drilling


NHS Grampian