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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 www.ssf.org.uk.

 

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!

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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.

Young Ambassadors run a fantastic tournament. Watch the slam dunk videos!

Shell Twilight Basketball hosted a large tournament at the Glasgow Emirates Arena recently, and it was all arranged by the next generation of sports leaders; the Shell Twilight Basketball Young Ambassadors.

The young ambassador programme, supported by Children in Need, provides continuous guidance combined with a first-hand experience of leadership in sport.

Participants from several locations in Glasgow and Fife traveled to meet old friends and enjoy a day of competition in world class facilities. The day started with a three point competition with one member from each of the nine teams nominated for the responsibility. All participants were given great support throughout by the other teams and there was some fantastic skills throughout.

Before the main tournament in the afternoon which was a fine exhibition of determination, athleticism and teamwork, the teams were asked to nominate a player to enter the long-awaited Slam Dunk competition. This was a spectacle to behold and would need to be seen, and fortunately for you we got some of the clips on video! Please check out the Slam Dunk video on our Youtube channel.

Thank you to all involved on a great day, and a special thanks to the Young Ambassadors for creating such a welcoming and well-run event.

 

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, katie@ssf.org.uk

Donate

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:

www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/SSF

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 www.thekiltwalk.co.uk

Glasgow – April 12th

Edinburgh – May 3rd

Aberdeen – June 7th

Perth  – August 8th

Speyside – August 30th

Dundee – September 20th

 

Join Team Scottish Sports Futures for the Glasgow KiltWalk

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Either Walk and raise essential funds for SSF or Volunteer on the day at our pit stop

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) are now registered as a charity for the Glasgow Kiltwalk 2015 on the 12th April 2015; we are looking for walkers and volunteers to support Team SSF!

The Glasgow KiltWalk starts at Hampden Park and ends at Balloch Castle Country Park, with 6 pit stops along the way. You might take part in the KiltWalk to get fit, for the challenge or just to have fun but the main purpose of the walk is to raise money for Scotland’s children’s charities, causes and schools. SSF have been selected as one of the KiltWalk charities because of the work we undertake with young people, our mission statement says it all, we

“Use the power of sport to inspire young people and empower them to make positive lifestyle choices.”

The money raised for SSF at this year’s KiltWalk will allow us to:

• Deliver free physical activity in the heart of communities in need
• Offer training and qualifications to young volunteers
• Introduce inspiring role models to at risk youth
• Educate and inspire participants to lead healthy goal driven lives

What you need to know to support Team SSF

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
o Full KiltWalk – 26 miles
o Half Kilt – 13 miles
o Wee Walk – 6 miles

• 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 Sunday 5th 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, katie@ssf.org.uk

Donate

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:

www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/SSF

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

Shell Twilight Basketball Rocks the Emirates

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100 participants from the Shell Twilight Sessions in the West of Scotland attended the Glasgow Rocks Professional game against Worcester Wolves at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow. This gives the members of Shell Twilight the opportunity to meet other programmes from different areas, while supporting the players who visit the sessions throughout the season.

Players from Shell Twilights newest session, The Stranraer Ravens also had the opportunity before the game to play on the professional court against the Whitehill Wolves. Described by one participant as a ‘Once in a lifetime opportunity’ and the first games for many, both teams showed some great skills and sportsmanship throughout the day. Support both on and off the court was fantastic, with all participants encouraging each other in every game.

The sessions were later joined by members from the Bellahouston Hustlers and Wellhouse Warriors to watch what proved to be a tremendous game between the Rocks and Wolves. After a tense ending which saw the game go to overtime, the Rocks came out on top with a buzzer beater by Jajuan Smith much to the excitement of the Shell Twilight players.

After Christmas the sessions will meet again at the Emirates Arena for the West Regional Tournament. If you would like to find out more about Shell Twilight please have a look through our web page.