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Interview with Rocks Community Club Volunteer

 Jump2it and Rocks Community Club (RCC) Coordinator Stephanie McLean interviews volunteer Abbie Fox about girls’ participation and her own experience in sport.

Tell us about your experience in sport.

I started doing Taekwondo when I was 7 years old and I achieved my black belt by the time I was 9. I achieved this through hard work and fantastic support from my instructors. I wanted to try a different sport, so I tried out basketball when I was 8 and I began training and learning about the sport with Drumoyne RCC. I want to play more basketball and practise more so I joined the team Glasgow Fever and I have been playing with them ever since.


Why do you choose to take part in Sport?

I choose to take part in sport because it gives me the opportunity to make more friends and interact with more people my age who have the same interests as me. I also do it because it helps me maintain my fitness and is my passion.


What life-skills do you feel you have learnt through taking part in Sport?

Some of the main life skills I have learnt through sport is how to be confident in my own choices and voice my opinion, how to work in a team and how to keep fit and maintain the level of fitness that I’m comfortable with.

Rocks Community Club Volunteer Abbie Fox

Rocks Community Club Volunteer Abbie Fox

How do you think we can make Sport more accessible to girls & young women?

I think we should advertise and create more all-female clubs and promote it to the younger generation so that girls can not only get involved in sport but learn some essential life skills along the way.


Tell us about your reasons for volunteering at Drumoyne RCC.

My reason for volunteering at Drumoyne RCC is I started at this club and I’ve seen it grow so I feel like I’m giving back to the club for helping me follow my dreams in basketball. I also enjoy helping getting more young people into sports and encouraging them to make friends.

Lastly, who is your female sporting remodel & why? 

My female role model would have to be my Glasgow Fever coach Rachel. She has helped me to improve my game by giving me advice, helping me to achieve my goals and it also helps to watch her play. She is a physiotherapist and that is what I aspire to be, as well as an amazing basketball player just like her. My other female role model is also Nicola Adams. She has inspired me that you can come from a completely normal background and if you work extremely hard you can achieve your goal.

Abbie with coach Josh and Rocks Community Club participants

Abbie with coach Josh and Rocks Community Club participants

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.

Get along to Future Starz!



basketballscotland is delighted to present Future Starz for 2015-16.

Future Starz is basketballscotland’s Player Development Programme for boys and girls aged between 7 and 14 years old.

The programme is set up with the aim of increasing the number of young athletes on the performance pathway and exposing them to various aspects of training, crucial to success of future elite performers.

This season basketballscotland presents a refreshed and enriched programme which aims to reach and inspire more youngsters to take up the sport and build on their potential.

Future Starz is designed to identify the potential players within each region and work to develop their individual skills across regular sessions and National camps.

Our national development squads for Under 11, Under 12, Under 13 and Under 14 are then selected from our Future Starz, at the culmination of the programme.

Future Starz will be endorsed by 9 regional development centres: Edinburgh East, Edinburgh West, Glasgow, West, Central, Tayside, Kinross, Grampian and Highland. These regional centres will provide greater coverage across the country meaning better accessibility and specific regional needs coverage.

Are you ready to get involved in Future Starz 2015 – 16? Registration is now OPEN for 2015 – 16.

Click HERE to register for your Regional Test Day.

Walk, Donate or Volunteer to support SSF at the KiltWalk Glasgow 12 April 2015

Join Team SSF at the KiltWalk – To register to walk all you need to do is click here

  • Go to ‘Click here to register’ and select which walk you will do, either
  • During registration be sure to select ‘Scottish Sports Futures’ when asked to Choose a Team and enter the password ‘Sport’
  • Be quick, registrations for the Glasgow KiltWalk close on Friday 10thth April!
  • Then it’s time to get fundraising! KiltWalk have set a target of £200 for each walker to work towards so get creative! Once you have signed up we will be in touch with ideas and information about fundraising for SSF.

Join Team SSF and Volunteer at our Clydebank pit stop – If walking is not for you, then we would love you to join us and be involved by volunteering at our pit stop. This is an opportunity for us to showcase all things SSF and motivate KiltWalkers with fun entertainment at the half way point which is also the start of the Half Kiltwalk.

To register your interest as a Team SSF pit stop volunteer, please email Katie for more information about volunteer roles available,


If you are unable to walk at this year’s KiltWalk and unavailable to support as a volunteer on the day, you can support our work through donating at:

Please help us spread the word and encourage everyone you know to join or support Team SSF at any of the KiltWalks taking place this year.

For updates follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page. #TeamSSF #KiltWalk2015

Glasgow Rocks Basketball stars help launch SSF KiltWalk partnership


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What: Glasgow Rocks basketball stars join with youngsters from Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) “Education through Sport” to launch The Kiltwalk partnership.

Where: The Emirates Arena, Glasgow

When: 2pm Thursday 19th March 2015

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF), a Glasgow based sport for development Charity, has teamed up with The Kiltwalk to raise funds for their vital community projects delivered across Scotland.

The organisation, which aims to create a community of confident and aspirational young people through active lifestyles, is keen to get as many people involved as possible to take part in the 26 mile sponsored walk from Hampden Park to Balloch Castle Country Park on the banks of Loch Lomond on April 12th.

Teams with between 5 and 19 Walkers can nominate a cause close to their hearts for a 50 per cent share of their own fundraising, while organisations nominated by teams of 20 or more will get a 75 per cent share.  In the last three years The Kiltwalk has given £2.4 million to Scotland’s children’s charities.

Some of the youngsters who benefit from the SSF health and wellbeing initiative “Jump2it” joined basketball stars from the Glasgow Rocks at the Emirates Arena today (MARCH 19th) to celebrate their association with The Kiltwalk.

Sterling Davis, Player/Coach Glasgow Rocks, “I have been in Scotland for 10 years now so I am getting used to the kilt!  The Rocks partnership with SSF gives myself and the players a chance to work directly with over 10,000 young people across Scotland every year.  We see first-hand the impact of the charities initiatives and are proud to be a part of that and this fundraising event with the Kiltwalk Glasgow.   The Rocks encourage fans to get involved, by walking, sponsoring an SSF walker or cheering on all those tackling the 26 miles for some fantastic causes.”

Emma Reid, SSF Development Manager added: “Scottish Sports Futures are excited to partner with the Kiltwalk.  We have a common belief that sport and physical activity can bring people together, create new opportunities, motivate and inspire.  We are also delighted to be offering the young people we work with direct involvement in the fundraising process – a mass event, showcasing the benefits of being active, a chance to learn new skills, meet new people and do some good – it’s pretty much everything that we stand for and we look forward to rising to the challenge.  I would encourage anyone who hasn’t already done so to join the SSF team of kiltwalkers now.”

With a particular focus on at-risk communities, SSF initiatives are designed to encourage integration, self-efficacy, healthy lifestyles and good citizenship.

SSF used the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as a catalyst to address significant issues relating to young people’s lack of participation in sport and physical activity.  Their initiatives are designed to support young people to positive destinations and provide them with the information and advice they need to make healthy choices and fulfil their potential.

The Kiltwalk’s Head of Marketing and Fundraising, Mhairi Pearson, said: “Using sport as a platform to engage and empower, Scottish Sports Futures share The Kiltwalk’s vision of improving the lives of Scotland’s children and young people.

The Kiltwalk provides charities such as Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) a unique way of raising funds and generating income they might not otherwise be able to do.

It’s brilliant to see the youngsters with such great role models as the Glasgow Rocks and I am greatly looking forward to seeing a large SSF team full of enthusiasm at the start line at Hampden Park Stadium and then with wide, happy smiles when they cross the finishing line at Balloch.”

To sign up to take part in this year’s Kiltwalk events click on

Glasgow – April 12th

Edinburgh – May 3rd

Aberdeen – June 7th

Perth  – August 8th

Speyside – August 30th

Dundee – September 20th