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Comedy Club to raise funds for SSF

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) is having a charity fundraiser at The Stand Comedy Club on Wednesday, 28th June 2017 to raise money to support the work we do with over 10,000 disadvantaged young people across Scotland annually.

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’

Stuart Mitchell

Kirsty Morrison

Joseph Goss

Billy Kirkwood

There will be a raffle on the night and there is a full cash bar on-site!

Tickets can be purchased on eventbrite for £8 plus £1.04 booking fee per ticketclick here

You can also reserve tickets by calling The Stand 0141 212 3389 and are £8 payable cash on the door.

Sign-up to bring young people to a fun filled Sport4all event!



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:


  • Be FREE
  • Be fun and exciting
  • Link young people across the East of Glasgow with local opportunities to be active
  • Include an exciting interactive marketplace for families and young people to find out local opportunities
  • Have an under 8’s drop-in Zone
  • Taster sessions for young people aged 8+ including: Boxing, Active play, Gymnastics, Athletics, Judo, Cricket, Basketball and much more!
  • A pool party – at Tollcross after our event on the Sunday 4 – 6pm (please note groups/parents will then be responsible for supervising young people)

Sign up now!

  • Families, organisations and groups are invited to bring along young people aged 8+ on the Saturday and on the Sunday for the full day (9:30-4pm) for the taster sessions
  • Spaces for the full day of taster sessions are allocated on a first come first serve basis
  • Sport4All – Booking Form – please complete this and send over as soon as possible to secure your spaces by Thursday 20th July
  • There will be fun activities for under 8’s who come along to get involved, this is on a drop in basis between 10-12pm and 13:00 and 15.15pm each day

If you have any questions about the event please get in touch at or call 0141 218 4640




It is with sadness that we have said goodbye to our founding CEO, Ian Reid, who, after over 18 years of dedicated hard work has grown the charity to the success it is today.  We wish him well in his chosen retirement.

Exciting times are ahead with our new appointment of CEO, namely Pam Hunter.  Pam, originally born in Glasgow, comes back home after 20 years away.  She comes with a breadth of experience in both the private and voluntary sectors, is educated in leadership to MBA level and has volunteered in counselling and charity boards.  Her spare time is filled with sport at any opportunity.

Pam Hunter said:

“I am really excited and thrilled to be starting this position and look forward to working with a great team.  Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy physical activity and get the life affirming benefits derived from it.  Our duty is to make this available to all young people across the length and breadth of Scotland.”

Charles Cormack, Chair said:

“This is a time of mixed emotions, with a sad farewell to Ian and an excited welcome to Pam.  After a rigorous recruitment process, Pam rose to the top.  We look forward to the future leadership Pam will bring to SSF with confidence”

Minister for Public Health and Sport to attend SSF Awards 2016

Aileen Campbell MSP Minister for Public Health and Sport has confirmed attendance at what promises to be the best night of the year as Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) celebrate a year of incredible and inspirational achievement by young people in Scotland on St Andrews Night. The theme for the evening, selected by young people, Simply Scottish Fashion will be thread through the night as guests are treated to one of a kind performances all designed to showcase and celebrate young people.

The evening will be co-hosted for the second time by rising local star Andrew Marley who is himself involved with several SSF programmes as a participant young person, benefiting from training and volunteer placements and who has become a mentor and role model for younger people. Andrew is dedicated to bringing about change in the community he grew up in, the East of Glasgow, and is a driving force in recent charity developments to meet the needs of young people. This year he is joined by Kevin Brannigan, also from the East End of Glasgow and fresh from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Ian Reid OBE founder and Chief Executive:

SSF is a young person led charity and the Awards Night is no exception to the ethos. We always look forward to this evening and year on year it just keeps getting bigger and better. I have no idea what the young people are planning for St Andrew’s night but I do know it will be a fantastic evening, that it’s a celebration of the achievements of some of the amazing young people we work with and a timely reminder that what we do matters to a lot of people”.

Aileen Campbell MSP Minster for Public Health and Sport said:

“I’m delighted to attend these annual awards which showcase some of the great achievements of these young people over the last year. All of them should be very proud. SSF does some tremendous work to promote sport and physical activity, often in disadvantaged communities. I’m pleased that the Scottish Government has been able to support some of the work through our Legacy 2014 funding. “

Without the support of partners, sponsors and funders, SSF would not be able to reach and impact the young people who live in communities facing disadvantage and we are delighted to have confirmed award sponsors; Youth Scotland, Melvin Creative and Bannister and Gasp who are also sponsoring all the print for the night as well as soft drinks for the young people in attendance, The Wise Group, Spiers Gumley, Pavilion, The Robertson Trust, RJM Sports, MyTime Active, Unison and Concept Northern.  Faxco Ltd, “The Photocopier & Solutions Company” have also sponsored to make this a night to remember alongside the Scottish Government Active Scotland Legacy, fitting as the legacy branded Active East programme is where this celebration began its life.

Mike Melvin of Melvin Creative commented:

Why sponsor the SSF Awards? Well, last year’s SSF Awards night was such a hit that we had the same guests asking to be invited again to this year’s event! The young nominees are a real inspiration, it’s a great, fun, positive evening and we even managed to gain some new business from those attending the event. It really was a simple decision to continue our relationship and sponsor another SSF Award this year”.

Winner of the 2015 Coach of the Year Award Precious James Miene said after last year’s event: “Volunteering with twilight has literally change my life it’s given me a purpose and a drive to make an impact in people’s life for the better, I would not change it for the world and I can never thank them enough for the chance to put a smile on someone else’s face.”

There are still some tickets available, contact for more details and see our website

Young people at the heart – Scottish Sports Futures Celebrate 15 years of changing lives through sport

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The impressive Scottish Parliament building played host to Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) reception last week, celebrating 15 years of sport for change and showcasing some of the thousands of amazing young people that we have the privilege of working with right across Scotland.


Over the last 15 years SSF have developed well respected and evidence based initiatives that inspire and motivate.  Whether tackling social issues such as addiction and anti-social behaviour or providing meaningful volunteering and training opportunities that lead to employment, SSF makes a real, lasting impact that provides a brighter future for some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged youths.


The evening, attended by funding partners, MSP’s, Ministers, community partners and SSF participants was expertly hosted by Active Champion and aspiring young actor Andrew Marley who ensured the event was up-beat and interactive.  Guests had the opportunity to meet delivery staff and most importantly the participants who have benefited and supported a variety of sport and physical activity programmes in communities right across the country.


The event also launched the brand new SSF video filmed, edited and produced by a young volunteer Geetika Jhakra, the footage captures the essence of the organisation, heard from partners and young people and highlighting the great variety of activities that are delivered and the impacts that have been achieved.  SSF programmes have positively impacted, health, education, volunteering, employment and community safety and the footage can now be seen at


SSF Chief Executive, Ian Reid OBE said “I really enjoyed the evening it was great to see so many young people and partners in attendance and to meet new contacts who are interested in supporting our work.  We also thank the Minister for Public Health, Maureen Watt for attending and recognising the contribution that SSF makes to the wider health agenda.”


SSF worked with almost 16,000 young people last year, supported over 300 young people into positive destinations and recorded an investment of over 7500 volunteer hours.  Guests on the night were encouraged to make a pledge to support the on-going development and delivery of SSF programmes and enable us to reach even more vulnerable young people.  Everyone can play their part in creating a safer, stronger, healthier Scotland and giving young people the future they deserve.

MEND – Supermarket Tour

A big thank you to Asda at the Parkhead Forge and Toby Flannigan, Community Champion, Asda for supporting the MEND 7-13 Supermarket Tour last night.  The venue was great, the families loved the ‘secret missions’ to find healthy foods. Toby also supported the session with a themed guide of the supermarket finishing with the excellent option of healthy fruit and yoghurt for the children.

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Exciting News – First Programme Starts


The first programme for MEND Glasgow North East started on 30 March 2015 within Barlanark Community Centre, 33 Burnmouth Street, Barlanark, Glasgow, G33 4RZ.  We are now approaching mid programme with lots of exciting and fun sessions to come.

A big thank you to Andy Robinson, Assistant Area Manager, Glasgow Life/Glasgow Communities North East for the venue, as well as, the staff, James and Amanda at Barlanark Community Centre for their excellent help in making the venue so welcoming.

Next Programme recruiting

We are actively seeking new families for our next programme, if you are interested fill in our easy to complete ‘on line’ referral form, call Jim Boyd, the Project Coordinator direct on 0141 588 1567 or email at