By Alistair Neil, Active East Youth Development Coordinator
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On Sunday 20th May 2018, a group of young volunteers from Active East‘s Active Champion programme will be taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Glasgow.
The Active Champions will be walking and running the 5K course around Glasgow City Centre as part of #AngelasArmy, in support of SSF’s Finance Manager Angela, who was sadly diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.
Joining our Active Champions will be Active East Programme Manager Rohanna Irvine, Active East Youth Worker Demi Mitchell, and SSF’s Head of Operations Kirsty McNab.
To get involved or to donate and support our Active Champs and staff, please click here!
The Glasgow Race for Life takes place on Sunday 20th May, setting off from Glasgow Green towards Saltmarket at 9.30AM. Come along and cheer on everyone taking part!
More course information is available on the Race for Life website
The Active Champions have continuously been role models to their local community for the past 5 years!
The Create18 Active East-ER event on the 7th April has shown this on a large scale and a local event.
10 Active Champions took the lead and designed their own event and continuously publicised and shared the event with everyone they knew. Active East-ER was designed around what the Active Champions thought young people in the East End would love to attend, and they did love it! 100 young people and their families making the bus trip from Easterhouse and Coatbridge or a walk round from Bridgeton and Dennistoun to enjoy a day of fun and sporting activities at Crownpoint Glasgow Club.
A true demonstration of young people taking the lead!
Young volunteers from Scottish Sports Futures’ (SSF) Active East programme ran their own Easter – themed family fun day on Saturday 7 April 2018 at Crownpoint Sports Centre in the East End of Glasgow.
Over 100 young people and their families attended the event which was funded by the Create18 project. The event was the brainchild of ten Active Champions – young volunteers aged between 14 and 25, who completed an individualised programme of awards and training in sport, physical activity and volunteering.
The Create18 Fund is powered by Young Scot, on behalf of EventScotland, and provides young people in Scotland aged 8 – 26 with the opportunity to celebrate and engage in the Year of Young People 2018 by staging a unique event that will showcase their talents and abilities in their local community. After making it through the two rounds of the funding process, the Active Champions were awarded funding to put on their Easter themed event.
Active Champion Holly Halferty said:
“We have worked really hard to get this event organised and have loved being able to completely design and manage the project. We were delighted with the support we received and to see so many young people come along as Active East-ER has been created by young people for young people!”
Alistair Neil, Youth Development Coordinator for Active East, said:
“It has been amazing to see the Active Champions really take the lead on this project. They really pushed for the funding and designed the day around what young people love to do. HAVE FUN! The Year of Young People really has given them the opportunity to take the lead and create a fun event for other young people in their local area..”
Active East is an exciting programme which aims to create a legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games for young people in the East of Glasgow by increasing levels of physical activity and building skills through volunteering.
For more information on and all Scottish Sports Futures activity please visit our website www.scottishsportsfutures.org.uk.
Notes for Editors:
Kirsty McNab Head of Operations firstname.lastname@example.org call: 0141 218 4640/07758884691
Rohanna Irvine Active East Programme Manager email@example.com call: 0141 218 4640
For more information see website: www.scottishsportsfutures.org.uk
10 Active Champions from our Active East programme had the idea to run an Easter Family Fun day at Crownpoint for all the young people in the East end and now their event is only 2 weeks away!!
Step 2: Apply for funding (tick)
Step 3: Successful Funding (tick)
Step 4: Event planning (tick)
The Active Champions successfully organised, planned and will be running their very own event designed by young people for young people! Ideas for games, sports, DJs, fun activities, paint your tee shirt and where the event would be held all decided upon by the Active Champions! They have even planned to end the day with a HUGE Easter egg hunt!
Every part of the day will be young person led and the Active Champions are all super excited to have everyone there! Come along and join us!
Scottish Sports Futures charity are delighted to have secured 2 years investment from the Big Lottery Improving Lives Fund to continue our Legacy branded, award winning Active East youth volunteering and personal development programme.
Active East uses sport as the hook to inspire and motivate young people living in disadvantaged communities to become confident goal setters, volunteering to build transferable skills and widen opportunities for participation in their local community.
The programme, first launched in 2013 by Olympic rower and gold medallist Katherine Granger, harnesses the power of sport and used the 2014 Commonwealth Games as a catalyst to transform the lives of young people in Glasgow’s East End. To date the sport for change programme has supported over 170 young people and enabled more than 40,000 hours of youth volunteering.
Active East will use the platform of sport and physical activity to reach and work with young people who are struggling to engage with traditional education and learning environments or those isolated and inactive. The programme puts young people at the heart of decision making, at the heart of local organisations and at the heart of delivery, it focuses on their incredible potential and seeks to empower young people to:
Increase aspirations, self-confidence and life skills, feel more positive about their futures, reach positive destinations, influence change around issues that affect them in their community and increase access to quality physical activity led by other young people.
The programme offers a flexible, wrap-around approach that allows young people to find their individual path and develop from the inside out using “sport for change” principles to combine youth work approaches with the physical and mental benefits of physical activity.
The new investment from the Big Lottery will allow us to continue the personal development programme and take forward the significant learning from listening and responding to the needs of young communities and properly understanding the barriers and challenges they face.
Active East Manager, Rohanna Irvine “We are incredibly excited to be able to continue the programme that showcases the amazing talents and commitment of the young people we have the pleasure to work with. We also have over 40 amazing partner organisations in the East of Glasgow who will help young people achieve positive outcomes through unique volunteering and leadership opportunities. The programme will be positive, fun and free! Big Lottery funding means we can continue to improve and change the lives of young people living in the East End, giving them a voice and a platform to shine.”
Active East is delivering lasting change, supporting physical and mental wellbeing, improving life chances and strengthening communities. Young people consulted on this proposal are looking forward to being a huge part of the leadership and delivery of the initiative over the next 2 years. One young leader commented “Active East changes the lives of so many young people, they encourage everyone to achieve their full potential. It has been great to be involved throughout the past 3 years and it has really developed me as a person. I can’t wait to support other young people to get the same benefits I have.”
Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “I am delighted that Scottish Sports Futures has been successful in securing National Lottery funding. The funding will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish Scottish Sports Futures every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community.”
Scottish Sports Futures and the Active East team are committed to ensuring all young people have the chance to fulfil their potential. The partnership with Big Lottery goes a long way to ensuring we can.
Join us and share a few laughs during the week and help us raise lots of cash for a good cause!
The Stand Comedy Club has been around for many years and is an intimate venue located in the West End of Glasgow which has seen many famous comedians grace its doors over the years including Kevin Bridges, Frankie Boyle, Fred Macaulay and lots more!
Confirmed acts include:-
Headline Act – Chris Forbes from BBC Scotland ‘Scot Squad’
You can also reserve tickets by calling The Stand 0141 212 3389 and are £8 payable cash on the door.
We are inviting families, organisations and groups across Glasgow to bring young people along to a fun filled active event for all.
On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July SSF – Active East will be hosting a weekend of sport, physical activity and play opportunities delivered by partners for young people in the North East of Glasgow, taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre!
“sport for all” means making sport accessible to all members of our communities, as a vehicle for integration, empowerment and well-being. It engages everyone to move, play and compete together with people from different backgrounds, ages & abilities. This event will: