6’10 Olympian and Glasgow Rocks pro-basketball star Kieron Achara will be part of the celebrations this weekend to launch a new partnership between Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) and Sainsbury’s Partick. After winning a public vote the “sport for change” charity have become the West End supermarkets Local Charity of the Year.
Kieron is just one of the players from the Glasgow Rocks who help deliver the charities programmes and he will be making a guest appearance at the Sainsbury’s Partick store on Friday 5th August between 2-4pm to mark the start of a “fun” fundraising weekend and year-long partnership between SSF and Sainsbury’s Partick.
Angela Gregory, Finance Manager, from SSF “We are so excited about this new relationship with Sainsbury’s Partick, and encourage everyone to come out and see us over the weekend. Starting on Friday we will have shoot the hoop basketball game, a selfie station and prizes to be won. If you are in the area please come in and say hello to our wonderful staff and volunteers and get a picture with basketball superstar Kieron.”
A partnership with the giant retailer will support the work of SSF, a charity who use the power of sport to inspire young people to make positive lifestyle choices. Targeted at communities that are vulnerable or at risk our programmes use sport as the platform to empower participants to lead safe, healthy active lives.
“SSF are thrilled to be Sainsbury’s Partick Local Charity of the Year. Support from an organisation like Sainsbury’s and the general public, who have voted, reinforces the importance of the work we do and will widen the opportunities we can offer some of Scotland’s most vulnerable young people. We are looking forward to working in partnership with the Partick staff team and coming up with some inspiring and creative fundraising ideas that get everyone involved locally.” Ian Reid, OBE, Chief Executive Scottish Sports Futures.
Bringing together sport and youth work principles SSF maximise the personal and social development potential of physical activity. SSF last year worked with over 12,000 young people across 7 delivery programmes (Jump2it, Active East, Education through CashBack, MEND, Shell Twilight Basketball, Rocks Community Clubs, Girls Judo). We introduce sporting role models, deliver health & wellbeing topics, develop young leaders, tackle childhood obesity, divert from anti-social behaviour, and promote the benefits of volunteering. Participant outcomes include being active, completing training, youth volunteering, increased confidence, health improvement, engaging with further education and securing employment.
“SSF has changed my life through volunteering. It’s given me purpose and drive.” SSF young volunteer.
Sainsbury’s Partick Store Manager, Jonathan Mason “We just want to say congratulations to Scottish Sports Futures, its great to be working with a new Charity this year. All the staff are excited about the partnership and are looking forward to a fantastic year ahead”.
Over the next 12 months Sainsbury’s Partick, its staff and customers will be fundraising and raising awareness of the work of Scottish Sports Futures. Customers will see information displayed in store and on social media. For more information on how to get involved in some of the local activities or to find out more about the charity visit www.ssf.org.uk.