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Shell Twilight Basketball Launches in Dundee









Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) has launched a new Shell Twilight Basketball programme at Kirkton Community Centre in Dundee.


More than 25 young people attended the official launch night and had the opportunity to meet Glasgow Rocks professional players, Nestor Lasuncion and Kofi Josephs who shared their life experiences and led some professional training drills.


The programme offers young people the opportunity to take part in free basketball sessions every Friday night, from 8-10pm, with the aim of keeping them off the streets and active, as well as encouraging them to make positive lifestyle decisions away from drugs, alcohol and smoking.   Funding is provided through Cashback for Communities, a Scottish Government initiative which reinvests the misappropriated gains of crime.


Darren Smith from Community Policing who attended the launch said: “This programme provides a good diversionary opportunity, there isn’t much for young people in the area and this type of initiative will definitely be beneficial. It’s a fantastic opportunity for young people to make friends while directing them away from offending”.


Over 250 young people attend FREE Shell Twilight programmes across Scotland.  As well as promoting teamwork activities, goal-setting and confidence-building, young people are also supported into training, volunteering and employment.  Shell Twilight Basketball is delivered by qualified local coaches and youth workers who also provide weekly educational inputs.


Every session contains high energy basketball coaching, designed to ensure that first and foremost the participants enjoy their time and have a positive experience of physical activity, and they don’t need any experience of the sport to come along. The focus is very much on fun and young people having something positive to do on a Friday night.


SSF Programme Manager Sean Brady said: “We are delighted to be able to bring Shell Twilight Basketball session to Dundee as part of our latest round of funding. As well as the weekly sessions our focus will be working closely with local partners to ensure the longer term sustainability of the session and ensuring local volunteers are well equipped to support this.”


SSF will work with a range of partners to ensure the programme benefits as many young people as possible including, Active Schools, Dundee City Council, Kirkton Community Safety Partnership, Basketball Scotland, Police Scotland and Glasgow Rocks.


Shell Twilight Basketball is supported by title sponsors Shell and the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities, which takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities and programmes for young people across Scotland.


Shell Twilight Basketball runs at Kirkton Community Centre every Friday between 8-10pm. It is FREE to attend and open to all young people aged 11-21.  Please see for more information or contact



Shell Twilight Basketball – Significant Investment in Coaching Helps Deliver Scottish Wide Diversionary Sports Programme


To truly change the lives of young people in Scotland through the power of sport investment in delivery staff is crucial. Staff and volunteers from across Scotland recently gathered on the shores of Loch Lomond for Shell Twilight Basketball’s annual training weekend. Ardoch Estate, with its stunning views over the loch, provided the perfect setting for the group of 20 coaches and youth workers to meet others delivering the Scottish Sports Futures’ programme and complete valuable training. The weekend was made possible with generous funding from The Ardoch Foundation, and the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities.

The annual weekend is a key event in supporting staff and volunteers to understand how to maximise their impact and influence on the young people that they work with on a weekly basis at their Shell Twilight Basketball sessions. The group, who are all relatively new to the programme, took part in sessions to gain understanding and confidence in their role making the weekly Friday night sessions welcoming and inclusive for young people. In attendance were 20 coaches and youth workers, representing Shell Twilight locations in the Highlands, Aberdeen, Fife, Dundee, Stirling, Glasgow, North Ayrshire and Stranraer.

Programme Manager Sean Brady commented: “Investment in training & support for our staff is a major priority for us. They are on the ground delivering the programme and are the key to its success. We want to ensure staff are prepared and confident to support the needs of young people across Scotland through our sessions.”

Participants also completed Education Through Cashback (ETC) modules in Working With Young People in Sport, Communication, and Conflict Resolution. ETC, another SSF initiative, supports those delivering sport and physical activity to young people across Scotland. Thanks to a partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College, these ETC modules now sit on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), allowing learners to gain formal accreditation for their participation in the workshops. The Shell Twilight staff were some of the first participants to complete the newly SCQF-accredited versions of the ETC modules.

One volunteer coach commented; “The weekend has been really useful to take the skills learned from the range of modules back to not only my Twilight session but my other work in the community”

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.

Following the weekend, not only are the group more confident in their roles, it is clear they are passionate about making a difference in young people’s lives, and excited to take what they have learned back to their Shell Twilight Basketball sessions.

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 for more information or contact

Callum Campbell-11 months with SSF

During my time with SSF I have had the opportunity to do loads of great stuff including:

Helping fare with the legacy games training. I got the opportunity to go out to 5 different primary schools and deliver training on activities like the long jump and the relay race. On the day of the actual event there was over 1000 young people there the event took place in the emirates and had schools from all over Glasgow taking part. The event was a success and I look forward to helping again at it next year.

I have also been helping coach at Sports tots on a Friday at Crown Point with Budhill Football Club. I have been enjoying it and am currently still doing it from 11 until 12 each week. Billy takes the football side of it and I take the basketball side and get the young people used to basic skills like catching and bouncing a ball.

Before the summer holidays I was also doing a Rocks Community Club (RCC) at the YMCA for Jump2it which was a basketball session for children with learning difficulties I taught them the basics of basketball and then let them play games this session went really well and everyone taking part enjoyed themselves and was interested in learning as much as possible about basketball.

I successfully applied for college and start on the 28th of August to do an NC games and sports course. This is a yearlong course and I hope to move on to the next level after I complete my first year at college. During my year at college I have to go out on work experience for a week and I want to come back to SSF to do my work experience as I will know my in and outs of the organisation.

I have learned a lot during my time with SSF and continue to learn more every day and it has helped me realise that I hope to gain a full time job doing something similar. I will get my qualifications then apply for similar jobs to the role I had at SSF.

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


Changing Lives Through Sport – Shell Twilight Basketball

Adam came along to the very first session we had on the 5th September 2014, he was a quiet young teenager who was accompanied by his older brother.  As Adam continued coming weekly he began to develop into a not so quiet boy; he was excessive in his use of expletives and disregard for the coaches.  He would often comment on decisions and drills as well as get involved in disputes that he was not part of, just to start trouble.

After one specific incident, Adam was asked to leave the session. When he returned, Adam was open and apologised to the coach he argued with, explaining that he was having a difficult time at home, but he didn’t want to discuss this further.  Adam again had an issue with the session when he turned up to the session after taking drugs, he was asked to leave and the police were contacted for advice by the coaches who were on the session. Adam continued to not listen or engage with coaches or show respect at the session to participants or youth workers. The next week Adam returned and took part in a quickly organised Educational Timeout (ETO) on drugs and safety.  Adam took this seriously as he was surprised by some of the facts and figures that were shown as well as some of the experience that the coaches had from their employment outside of Twilight.  This seemed to be a turning point for Adam and he became more open about home life and the things that he was feeling.

Over the next year Adam became a staple to the group, someone who was always in attendance and also someone the new, younger participants looked up to.  His younger brother started to attend and it was easy to see the admiration the boys showed for one and other, due to the age they had 30 mins cross over time with sessions that they loved.  It was this that showed Adam’s gentler side, the side that would develop into who he is now as a man.

Adam began approaching me in the sessions and asking to speak to me about his life outside of basketball.  We discussed his home life, how to be safe, keeping a mentality that is focused and sign posting places to go for additional specified support.  Adam shared that he has been self-harming to cope with the stress of home life, to this I offered guidance and support on being safe and the danger points and areas of self-harming but also that there are people who know a lot more than I do and perhaps he should visit a drop in for advice or his GP. Adam took the advice on board and continued sharing by letting me know that he has moved out of his house because he was struggling to live with his Mum and step dad, their relationship was straining on his own with his Mum.

After a few weeks , Adam came to tell me he has now got furniture for his flat as well as doing some shopping, he was struggling to eat but was standing on his own two feet and this was allowing him time to see his family. His relationship with his Mum was improving and he was starting to see a light in what had been a very dark and lonely place for him.  I expressed my regard for him that he had developed so much from a teenager ready to fight for nothing to a man willing to stand up to what he saw as important and the ability to do this whilst maintaining his mischievous grin!!!  Adam seemed quiet at my praise and shy at the fact that I had seen him grow, though it was clear to see he liked the fact that I noticed how much he’d grown.

“Shell Twilight Basketball has been a family to me; It is the only place I can go to release all my stress and hardships. As soon as I step foot on the court all my worries fade. Andrew, as well as all the coaches at my session, have helped me through all my crisis. I am greatly thankful to all the people that made Twilight happen, and to all the coaches and people that attend”

– Adam Wilson

It overwhelmed me and changed my whole concept on the impact we have on these kids and young people who attend the session, we are not there to simply coach a sport. We are there as a shoulder to lean on, to offer knowledge and support, to be a role model and most times to simply listen and praise the smallest efforts.  To someone who doesn’t hear it often, nothing will make you stand taller than when you hear it from someone you look up to.

Adam is now volunteering at the session and has been accepted into the Army after going through the interview process.


  • Andrew McCandlish, Coach at the Stranraer Shell Twilight Session



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

Shell Host Fifth Consecutive Shell Twilight Basketball ‘Northern Tournament’

Northern Tournament press photo

On Saturday 27th of August, over 70 young people from across the North of Scotland and Stirling attended Shell’s Woodbank House for a thrilling day of competition and fun on and off the basketball court. All 9 teams demonstrated exhilarating basketball on display right to the end. Scottish Sports Futures Shell Twilight basketball groups from Dingwall, Nairn, Aviemore, Aberdeen and Stirling comprised the ‘Northern Tournament 2016’.

Aberdeen’s Torry session dominated in two age categories taking gold and the trophy in the under 18 and under 21 finals. Stirling were very close to taking the gold in the under 18 finals but claimed silver medals for the under 18 age group and won gold in the under 16 age group. Nairn’s team left with silver medals for the under 16 category and Dingwall were awarded with the “Spirit of the Tournament” trophy for their fantastic attitude and sportsmanship.

This is the fifth time the tournament has run as additional activity to the normal evening diversionary sessions and the fifth time title sponsors, Shell have hosted the event. The FREE programme, supported by Shell, runs on Friday nights 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.

Shell were represented on the day by their Communications & Social Performance Advisor, John Raine who 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 work with Scottish Sports Futures, the Scottish Government and The Glasgow Rocks in delivering this programme”.

Alongside our team prizes, individual “Rising Star Awards” were presented to Evie Gallagher from Stirling and Louis Rae from Dingwall for best representing Shell Twilight Basketball. They were both enthusiastic throughout the day and great role models for sport and physical activity.

The unsung heroes of the event, were the Shell Twilight Basketball Ambassadors. This programme, funded by BBC Children in Need, gives young people the opportunity to represent Shell Twilight Basketball and are provided with support to learn new skills and gain formal qualifications. The tournament served as a great opportunity to provide six of our newly appointed ambassadors from across Scotland, with new skills and volunteering experience.

One of the ambassadors, Vincent Malapira said:

“It was an amazing experience! I lead two sessions of educational time outs with my friend Jordyn and another two with Greg who are both Shell Twilight Basketball ambassadors just like myself. I also did scoreboard officials, showed the excited basketball players from their bus to the building where they were playing and more. Helping out and being part of a tournament where lots of people had a great time was hugely enjoyable.”

Alongside our ambassadors, Shell provided great volunteers for the event who had a huge impact on the young people and presented them with their medals and trophies during the award ceremony. A representative from Portlethen Panthers (Basketball Scotland) also spoke to members of staff and participants about the opportunities available to them at the club and how to get involved.

The Shell Twilight Basketball programme is supported by Title Sponsors, Shell and the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities.

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 for more information or contact

Players Rock into Nairn!

Nairn Knights group pic


Nairn Knights had a visit from Glasgow Rocks professional players Jordan Clarke and Bantu Burroughs at one of their Friday sessions last month. The players shared their basketball journeys and experiences of playing professional basketball. Along with the coaches they went on to work on dribbling and shooting techniques followed by a series of games at the end.

Knights player Andrew Wilson commented on the session: “It was great to have two of the Glasgow Rocks players come up to Nairn and teach us how to improve our dribbling and shooting”

Over 250 young people attend FREE Shell Twilight programmes every Friday night across Scotland which aim 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.  As well as promoting teamwork activities, goal-setting and confidence-building, young people are also supported into training, volunteering and employment.  Shell Twilight Basketball is delivered by qualified coaches who provide a variety of content suitable to the participants. Every session contains high energy basketball coaching which is designed to ensure that first and foremost the participants enjoy their time and have a positive experience of physical activity.Jordan Clarke coaching

 Shell Twilight Basketball is also supported by title sponsors Shell and the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities, which takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities and programmes for young people across Scotland. Shell Twilight Basketball also work with a range of local partners to ensure the programme benefits as many young people as possible including Highland Active Schools, Basketball Scotland & Police Scotland.

Shell Twilight Basketball runs at Nairn Academy every Friday between 7-9pm. It is FREE to attend and open to all young people aged 11-21.  Please see for more information or contact