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Shell Twilight Girls Boost Confidence With Sport

 By Demi Mitchell, Shell Twilight Basketball Coordinator

Growing up can be a difficult time for most young females; dealing with different emotions, coming into contact with new people and different personalities, and recognising their own bodies are going through a change. Learning how to mentally and physically cope with this can be a challenging time.

This, for me, is why encouraging young girls to be physically active is so important. The Shell Twilight Girls sessions have provided the girls with a fun and active environment, where they can come and express how they feel in a safe space with the young person at the heart of the session.

Educational time-outs allow youth workers and coaches to break down the barriers for girls who want to be active and open up the discussion of topics such as bullying, body image or self-confidence that may be an issue for young girls in a fun and active way.

 

Shell Twilight Coordinator Demi with coach Chanelle and participants from Shell Twilight Girls

Shell Twilight Coordinator Demi with coach Chanelle and participants from Shell Twilight Girls

 

The benefits girls gain from being physically active are endless; from feeling good about yourself and boosting your confidence, to having a group of friends that you can express how your day has been. This is why every girl should have the opportunity to be active and to help them keep their mind and body healthy, as well as making themselves HAPPY!

Every female taking part in sport no matter what level is 100% an inspiration to every other female they come into contact with and should never forget the impact they could have on another female.

Demi and Chanelle at a Shell Twilight Girls session

Demi and Chanelle at a Shell Twilight Girls session

Shell Twilight Basketball Introduces Ambassador of the Month Award

We are delighted to present our first Shell Twilight Basketball ‘Ambassador of the Month Award’ to Stranraer’s Connor Pomroy.

The award is aimed at recognising the amazing work our young people are doing in communities all over Scotland.

Connor had this to say on Friday night,

“I am shocked to be ambassador of the month as it is the first to be presented in Stranraer.  It goes to show that I am showing the positive attitudes that people notice and praise me for.  Even with the changes to the session and it being quiet just now I will continue to push myself and others at the session to reach my potential and hopefully continue to be recognised and nominated for future awards”.

Connor’s mentor Chris Muir said,

“Congratulations Connor, you deserve the award for all the hard work and dedication you have shown during the sessions.  With this as a boost, I hope it drives you to achieve more in both sport and your personal development.  This award shows that you have the ability to recognise your strengths and increase your confidence.  I look forward to seeing what the future holds for you”.

 

Shell Twilight Basketball’s first Ambassador of the Month Chris Pomroy from Stranraer

Ambassadors in Action at the 2018 Glasgow European Championships

 

The European Championships, hosted by Glasgow, was an incredible event showcasing world class talent from all over Europe. It was also an opportunity for our Shell Twilight Basketball Ambassadors to get involved volunteering.

The GoLive! Zone at Glasgow Green witnessed foot traffic in the thousands over ten days and our ambassadors traveled from as far as Nairn, Glenrothes, Stirling and Dalry. Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) were scheduled to deliver basketball coaching on 4 occasions which the ambassadors helped out at, showing young people how to dribble and shoot the ball. The GoLive! Zone was always packed with young people and their families trying out badminton, tug of war, multi skills obstacle course and football. Ten young people from all over Europe descended on Glasgow as part of the NOMADS project (Europe wide volunteering program). Our ambassadors gelled really well with our visitors and helped them feel more at home during their time in Glasgow.

 

“It was a fantastic experience where I was able to meet people from other Twilight areas. It also allowed me to reach out to people from all areas of the globe and interact which was an experience I won’t forget” Declan Hannah (Dalry Ambassador)

 

“My experience at Glasgow Green and the European Championships was amazing. I got to develop my communication skills. I was also lucky enough to see the swimming on the Wednesday with other members of the SSF team not just from Twilight which allowed me to meet new people and see what they do with their part of SSF. During the time at Glasgow Green a fellow Twilight ambassador and I were interviewed for BBC Children In Needs November show about what we do and what we were doing at the green. That’s an experience I will never forget” Bryanne Ford (Nairn Mentor/Ambassador)

Shell Twilight Basketball Creates Sustainable Partnerships

Working in partnership to create sustainable, sport for change programmes and build stronger, more positive communities.
Case Study: Levenmouth.

 By Martyn Horsfield, Shell Twilight Basketball Senior Programme Coordinator

Sustainability continues to be an ambitious goal for any sector, let alone Sport for Change, but Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) have put a real focus on achieving this through their Shell Twilight Basketball (TBB) programme. Significant progress has been made towards creating a long lasting impact within the communities we work in across Scotland. For a long time, sessions have required continuous investment to ensure their longevity, but, as a result of effective partnership working and the upskilling of passionate coaches, we now have sessions that need very little in means of support and are fully self-sufficient.

A great example of a sustainable session is Levenmouth. As one of the longest standing sessions in the TBB programme, Levenmouth has received significant investment to engage local young people in positive, physical activity. The session originally took place at Levenmouth Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre in the heart of Leven, and is where the vast majority of investment was spent. In order to run a successful basketball programme, you need a good facility with the necessary equipment. The other key element of success, that required investment, was quality sessional staff who could lead the session, and act as positive role models for the young people in the community. Due to the nature of leasing a facility and retaining good quality members of staff, the only way to continue the session in this form would have been to continue investing year in, year out. Therefore, with a view to making the session sustainable, change was inevitable.

The first consideration was sessional staff and how we could reduce the cost, or better still, eradicate it completely. This would rely heavily on a volunteer workforce with the skills and knowledge to lead this initiative and continue to have an impact on the young people and the community as a whole. The volunteers would also have to be invested in the session and the aims and objectives that go with it. With this in mind, in addition to the main programme, the TBB Ambassador programme was utilised to develop the next generation of TBB leaders. SSF already had success in volunteer recruitment with their Active East programme, and experience of upskilling young people in the sport for change concept through the Education through CashBack (ETC) programme. We used this learning to provide tailored training and learning opportunities to aspiring young leaders.

Shell Twilight Ambassador Rodizza leads a Twilight session

Shell Twilight Ambassador Rodizza leads a Twilight session

 Over three years, Levenmouth has had a total of ten young people join the ambassador programme, who now take the lead every Friday night at their TBB session. The young people were supported through the process by a mentor, giving them valuable feedback, and providing opportunities to further learn and develop. Their mentor, Callum Knox, has been involved in the programme since its conception as a sessional member of staff, and is looked up to as a positive role model. Who better to support the young people to develop the skills and confidence required to coach than the person employed to coach them in the first place? Since Callum started his mentoring role, he has cut back his involvement at the session and currently visits on a monthly basis to check in with the ambassadors and ensure the session is running smoothly.

Shell Twilight Ambassadors Rodizza, Rachel, and Jordyn with head coach Callum Knox.

Shell Twilight Ambassadors Rodizza, Rachel, and Jordyn with head coach Callum Knox.

During the initial period of investment, the TBB programme is free to young people between the ages of 11 and 21, to remove participation barriers for young people from areas of deprivation. However, in order to keep the programme free at the point of delivery, we would have to come to an arrangement with a local sports/community centre with the correct fixtures and fittings for basketball, which is no easy task. When reaching out to local partners, Fife Council’s Community Learning and Development team engaged in conversations around the value of the programme in the local area, and what they could do to support the session. They agreed to include TBB as part of their youth provision for two hours on a Friday evening, and provide a space in a local community sports centre for the session to continue. The centre is primarily an indoor football hall, with only two poor quality basketball hoops fitted to the side walls to create one cross court. However, the centre is right in the heart of the community, has a large space for young people to participate in physical activity, and we were offered the use of the facility for two hours every week at no cost. In order to improve the suitability of the facility for us, and improve its use within the community as a whole, we decided to look into fitting basketball hoops. This would be a one-off investment that would allow the programme to continue for the foreseeable future, with no further costs.                                                            

Various partners have been involved in the process, including St Andrews University, who kindly donated two heavy duty, swing out basketball hoops, wall brackets, and backboard fittings, to support the work being undertaken within the community. Levenmouth Community Sports Hub, which is made up of various local partners including Active Schools, Sports Development, clubs, and residents, offered £172 to contribute towards the fitting of the hoops. The remainder of the cost was covered by the session participants’ fundraising efforts. Thanks to the support from partners and participants, we now have a fully operational hall that provides TBB sessions to young people in the Levenmouth area at no cost. This was a significant piece of work but really lays the foundation for sustainable, sport for change programmes across the country, and an example of what effective partnership working can achieve.            

Girls Night In

Last week Shell Twilight Basketball held its first ever Girls Night In at Glasgow Club Drumoyne in Govan. The night brought together participants from the Govan and Wellhouse girls-only sessions, for an evening of celebration and empowerment.

The girls came together for a basketball tournament with each team consisting of a mixture of participants from each of the two sessions. Following the basketball tournament, the girls were given the chance to try out Brazilian Jiu Jitsu run by World Champion, Erin Wilson, and football, with Rangers Women’s and Girl’s Academy Manager, Amy McDonald, followed by some snacks and goodie bags. 

The event was organised by our Shell Twilight Basketball Coordinator Preeti Jassal, along with Shell Twilight Ambassador and volunteer Amanda Hiddleston, who took an active role in supporting Preeti with the planning and running of the event.

Funded by Spirit of 2012 and Cashback for Communities, the Shell Twilight Girls initiative was launched in early 2018. Based upon the Shell Twilight Basketball programme, combining sports with education and life skills, the Shell Twilight Girls programme is aimed at encouraging inactive girls into sport in a safe and friendly environment.

For more information about Shell Twilight Girls, or any of our other programmes, click here.

 

 

My Volunteer Experience

Before becoming a volunteer Ambassador with Scottish Sports Future’s (SSF) Shell Twilight Basketball session, Shannon Murray says she had never been in a position of leadership, and generally felt un-confident.

The opportunity came up to join the Ambassador Programme, as she was already a participant at Shell Twilight Basketball sessions in Dalry, and the sound of increasing her confidence and meeting new people in the same situation made it hard for Shannon to resist joining up.

Meeting other ambassadors, getting qualifications, and training have all been the best bits. Because of the ambassador programme Shannon has met people she can relate to.

Shannon says; “Volunteering at Twilight in Dalry has increased my confidence, I put that I was completing a Community Achievement Award on my college application and they didn’t even ask me about my school qualifications, they asked what I was doing for the award. So I spoke all about my volunteering, taking the lead, being able to be flexible to the needs of participants in the session.”

Shannon has just found out she has been given an unconditional offer to the course in Early Years in Childcare, and credits her experience as a volunteer Ambassador for this.

Shannon’s advice to anyone else thinking about volunteering: “Definitely do it! You’re helping people and yourself with setting goals and achieving them and this makes you stand out!”

Shell Twilight Ambassador and Volunteer Shannon Murray   Shannon Murray, Shell Twilight Ambassador & Volunteer

Sport and My Mental Health Journey

Twilight Ambassador Amanda Hiddleston By Amanda Hiddleston, Shell Twilight Ambassador

Hi. It’s mental health awareness week, and I just wanted to come and tell you my mental health journey so far.

But, I want to start by saying I really dread to think where I would be if it wasn’t for the positive outlook sport allowed me to have, or the support I got from friends and family.

So, my mental health became a huge problem in my life when I started studying at university just over a year ago. I was struggling to cope with all the new changes in life, and different things going on in life like family issues. This left me feeling anxious, overwhelmed and trapped, which I couldn’t see any way out of this. I was having horrendous panic attacks, and struggling to find the motivation to eat and to get out of bed in the morning as all I wanted was just wanted to be left alone. It took me a while to get used to the idea that I had anxiety before I reached out for help I needed, but this was when I really discovered the true impact and power sport has on my life. Despite my anxiety I still had a burning passion for sport.

Sport is a part of my identity and has had such a massive part to play in my life.  

I have always been involved in sport as I was a very active child, and I just fell in love with it. I only really settled into one specific sport after I got involved in a programme called Shell Twilight Basketball which I have been a part of for many years now. I’ve been through their Ambassador Programme which allowed me to develop as a person in many different ways, but it also built up valuable relationships so when life got rough and tough I had people I could talk to. I felt completely safe as it was like a second family.

Also, being able to take part in basketball was a massive advantage as it truly allowed me to escape from all my thoughts, it gave me different focus point but it also allowed me the space to have fun and enjoy myself.  To this day, I truly believe sport was one of the biggest helpers during this time, and it continues to be today as it gave me the motivation to have a positive outlook on life.

However, my mental health is a battle in my life that I am still continuing flight through. I still have the same ambitions in life as I have always had, but the difference is I know now that I don’t need to face it alone. I will always have a place in sport with Twilight Basketball no matter what. Just knowing I can go and shoot a basketball when I’m struggling and everything can feel so much better for a few moments is an unreal feeling.

 

Successful Shell Twilight Basketball Residential at Kilgraston School

Press Release

On Friday the 13th of April 28 young people from across Scotland arrived at Kilgraston School to kick off this year’s Shell Twilight Basketball Ambassador programme. This induction residential training weekend marks the first step of a year-long programme that motivates and supports young people to take on leadership roles, become positive role models to their peers, and volunteer in their local communities. Ambassadors completed training in positive role modelling, goal setting, behaviour management, and child protection. They also completed their ‘Make it Happen’ Basketball Coaching award, delivered by Basketball Scotland. Training was also facilitated by Education Through Cashback, and SEE Consultants. Ambassadors were recruited from Scottish Sports Futures’ Shell Twilight Basketball groups from Highlands, Fife, Stirling, Glasgow, North Ayrshire and Stranraer. Over the next year, ambassadors will be supported by local mentors, who will support them with their individual journeys of personal development, as they work towards their goals and grow as positive role models within their Shell Twilight sessions and their wider communities. They will also complete Community Achievement Awards, administered by Glasgow’s Kelvin College, which allow Ambassadors to receive SCQF accredited recognition for their hard work.

The Shell Twilight Basketball programme itself is designed to be an open, inclusive and positive environment for young people where personal development is supported through structured sports activity, educational inputs, role modelling, and peer rapport. The setting and programme of activity provide young people with the opportunity to develop skills, confidence and a sense of acceptance that they may struggle to find in more traditional settings. Twilight has a long track record of attracting excluded young people and supporting them into positive destinations. The Ambassador programme builds on this experience and provides a further level of support and direction with enhanced development opportunities for a focused group of young people. Through this process, the selected group makes significant progress in their personal development journeys while becoming influential positive role models within their Twilight session and local community.

This is the third year that the Ambassador programme has run nationally since it was piloted in Glasgow in 2015. Kilgraston School in Perth have hosted the induction residential for the past three years, where fantastic facilities and friendly staff have aided the success of the weekend. The FREE programme is supported by BBC Children in Need and the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities. It runs alongside Shell Twilight’s diversionary Friday night basketball sessions and aims to support young people to identify and work towards personal goals, including getting into volunteering, education and employment.

BBC Children in Need’s National Officer for Scotland, Paul Liddell commented on the initiative, “I am delighted to see that a further 31 young ambassadors have joined the programme.  Since receiving funding for the programme from BBC Children in Need, the project has grown and developed and this is a fine example of how it is progressing.”

Speaking of the new grants, Florence Burke, National Head of BBC Children in Need in Scotland, said: “BBC Children in Need is funding a number of projects across every local authority in Scotland – all of which are working to make a real and tangible difference to the lives of those children and young people who need it most.  We are delighted to include Shell Twilight Basketball among them, and are pleased to see that a further 31 young ambassadors will benefit from the training and life skills development to reach their full potential. Best of all, they will have the chance to make new friends, and receive support from positive adult role models.”

Ambassador Duncan, 17 reflected on the weekend, “I got to meet lots of new people and make lots of new friends, and it’s nice to see everyone’s different types of background and coaching styles.”

Amanda, 18 added, “I enjoyed getting to know the other ambassadors and getting to learn more basketball drills to bring back to the sessions and coach. I’m excited to see what opportunities [the programme] leads to; it will let us grow as individuals as well as team players.”

Duncan and Amanda, along with the other 29 young people attending the weekend, join a further 25 Ambassadors recruited in the first year of the programme. Building on the success of this first year, Shell Twilight Basketball plan to grow the programme, inducting a further 30 Ambassadors this year, maximising the benefit for young people and communities across Scotland.

Shell Twilight Basketball runs mainly on Friday nights across Scotland. It is FREE to attend and open to all young people aged 11-21 years old. Please see www.ssf.org.uk for more information or contact martyn@ssf.org.uk 

 

                           Shell Twilight Basketball Ambassadors 2018

Ambassador’s Duncan Watson and Chloe Canning leading one of the                weekend’s sessions

 

Children in Need

BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. The charity will realise this vision by supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face and work that builds their skills and resilience.

BBC Children in Need is currently providing grants to 300 projects across every local authority in Scotland and 2,600 projects across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma.

More information about BBC Children in Need can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/Pudsey

CashBack for Communities

The Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme uses the ill-gotten gains of crime, recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and invests them back into communities across Scotland.

More information can be found at www.scotland.gov.uk/cashback 

 

 

Shell Twilight Ambassador Residential 2018

An Ambassador’s eye view of this year’s Shell Twilight Ambassador Residential.

This time last year I was sitting in the same room as the Ambassadors are right now, arriving at Kilgrastion to complete the ambassador training weekend.

But this year was different for me.

I came back, but for the mentoring role. I’m super excited to take on this role and see what opportunities this will give me.

I have to admit I was a little worried about going on the residential this year. The thought of taking on a more  responsible role was scary, but if the Shell Twilight Basketball staff didn’t think I was ready for it they wouldn’t have asked me.

This weekend was a lot of fun as I had the opportunity to create more friendships with the other mentors and this year’s Ambassadors, and I managed to develop my own skills on this weekend more than what I thought I would. Looking back on last year, I never thought that I wold be doing something like this.

I honestly would say that it’s down to my own mentor from last year being a great role model for me and I hope to be just the same for my Ambassadors this year. I hope if I show my Ambassadors a good role model example they can then become a great role model for the other boys at our session.

 

By Bryanne Ford, Shell Twilight Ambassador. 

For more information on our Shell Twilight Basketball programme click here

 

Kirkton Collect Spirit of the Tournament Award at Shell Twilight Basketball National Tournament 2018

Press Release

On Saturday 24th March Shell Twilight Basketball hosted its 10th National Tournament at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell which was a great showcase for the programme. The event featured around 150 young people from; Dundee, the Highlands, North Ayrshire, Stranraer and Glasgow. The event also included a girl’s category alongside existing under 14, under 16 and under 21 categories. The aim of which was to promote female participation in sport and physical activity.

 

This was the first appearance for Dundee’s Kirkton Twilight session after the programme launching late September last year. The group performed extremely well, especially considering they only had six players. The team got off to a great start winning their first two games with some thrilling basketball skills on display. Fatigue unfortunately took its toll into the third and fourth game which saw them narrowly miss out on a slot in the finals! However, the group performed admirably and were without a doubt the best competitors on the day. As a result, The Kirkton team were awarded ‘Spirit of the Tournament’. This trophy is Shell Twilight Basketballs most prestigious award and is presented to the team who’s attitude best encapsulates the ethos and sportsmanship we aim to encourage throughout our programmes across Scotland.

 

Title Sponsor Shell have recently renewed their 3 year sponsorship of the programme. Their Communications & Social Performance Advisor, John Raine commented on the initiative “Shell Twilight Basketball is an exciting initiative that is making a real contribution to social inclusion by giving young people the opportunity to make a number of positive choices for their futures while having fun and learning vital skills. We are delighted to be able to continue to work with Scottish Sports Futures, the Scottish Government and The Glasgow Rocks in delivering this programme”.

 

SSF Programme Manager Sean Brady said, “Shell’s continued support of the programme will allow us to develop and deliver the initiative in new communities across Scotland. Our aim is to embed sessions in communities and ensure there is a lasting legacy of local staff and young people to deliver the programme beyond our initial investment”

 

The young people are at the very heart of all SSF programmes and were crucial to the success of this year’s tournament. The Shell Twilight Basketball Ambassador programme, funded by BBC Children in Need, offers young people motivation and support to take on leadership roles, become positive role models to their peers, and volunteer in their local communities. A variety of roles including coaches, referees and table officials were taken on by ambassadors throughout the tournament. The girls’ category was also planned and implemented by a team of passionate and dedicated volunteers. Due to the opportunities and training the programme provides, young people are now taking leadership roles at their sessions to further support the transition to fully sustainable activity.

 

A young person who supported the tournament as a volunteer commented “It was great to help out and an unforgettable experience”

 

Three young people from the Kirkton session will start their ambassador journey this April at the induction residential followed by a year of tailored training to help them take more of a leadership role within their session and give back to their local community.

 

Educational workshops were scheduled into the event to provide the young people with important information on topics including; healthy relationships, cybercrime, organised crime, resilience and being a good team player. The workshops provided a great opportunity for young people to learn and integrate with others with similar interests from different areas in Scotland. The delivery staff were amazing and engaged their audience throughout the day. Police Scotland and Sexpression came in specially to offer professional advice on organised crime and healthy relationships.

 

Comedian, and former basketball player, Chris Forbes, who is also an ambassador for Scottish Sports Futures, dropped in to see the Twilight players, and hand out the winner’s trophies. He said:

The twilight basketball tournament was incredible. To see so many young people from all over the country taking part was brilliant. All the hard work and dedication from the organisers and volunteers was equally inspiring. So many great people coming together to make opportunities like this a reality is what it’s all about. You could tell everyone was having a great time; laughing, socialising, competing and there was a lot of great basketball on show too!

 

As well as title Sponsors Shell the programme is also supported by the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities scheme, North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership & BBC Children In Need.  The Kirkton session in Dundee runs every Friday night from 8 – 10pm at the Kirkton Community Centre and aims to keep young people off the streets, get them active and through the unique educational time out system, help them make positive lifestyle decisions away from drugs, alcohol and smoking. Shell Twilight Basketball is delivered by qualified coaches and youth workers who provide a variety of content suitable to the participants

   

Please see www.ssf.org.uk for more information or contact martyn@ssf.org.uk.

 

 

Notes for Editors:

  • Photo info – All participants from every session involved at the Shell Twilight Basketball National Tournament 2018

 

Shell Twilight Basketball

  • Basketball is the main engagement tool in this programme – the activity is inclusive, played and watched by males and females in equal proportion
  • Basketball is a first choice sport for many young refugee and asylum seekers and Scottish Sports Futures benefits from a unique partnership with the Glasgow Rocks professional basketball team, allowing access to professional role models and inspirational athletes.
  • Shell Twilight Basketball locations:

Dundee, Glasgow, Stirling, Aberdeen, Nairn, Aviemore, Dingwall, Fife, Stranraer, Inverness and North Ayrshire.

CashBack for Communities

  • The Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme uses the ill-gotten gains of crime, recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and invests them back into communities across Scotland.
  • More information can be found at www.scotland.gov.uk/cashback

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF)

  • Scottish Sports Futures programmes use the power of sport to inspire young people to make positive lifestyle choices.
  • See website for more information – http://scottishsportsfutures.org.uk/

Contact:

Martyn Horsfield, Senior Programme Coordinator call: 0141 218 4640

 

For more information see website: www.scottishsportsfutures.org.uk

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