Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) are kick starting the Year of Young People 2018 with an Awards night, sponsored by sportscotland, the national agency for sport, showcasing and celebrating the amazing young personalities, talents, and achievers that make up Scotland.
Mel Young, sportscotland chair, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Scottish Sports Futures to celebrate the fantastic work being done through their initiatives up and down the country.
“There are some truly inspirational stories among the nominees, who through their hard work and dedication have shown how sport can be used for positive social change within their communities.
“sportscotland is committed to delivering sporting opportunities within communities to help young participants and athletes develop and learn. We continue to develop young leaders in sport through our Young people’s sport panel and Young Ambassadors programmes.
“As the national agency for sport we believe that young people should have a voice in sport and be able to access great opportunities to learn important skills as well as participate in sport.”
The awards are taking place on Friday 26th January 2018. During the evening there will be 10 awards dedicated to celebrating the contributions of young people involved in SSF programmes and those who have supported them throughout the year.
Aileen Campbell MSP Minister for Public Health and Sport has confirmed attendance at what promises to be the best night of the year as SSF celebrate a year of incredible and inspirational achievement by young people in Scotland which is perfectly fitting to launch the themed year.
Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell, said: “I’m really looking forward to attending the Scottish Sports Futures, Year of Young People 2018 Awards – the standard of this year’s nominees is exceptional. The Year of Young People 2018 allows us to celebrate the very best of Scotland’s young people and focus our efforts to engaging with young people at local and national level, ensuring that all young people continue to make a valuable and meaningful contribution to sport and physical activity so they can reach their own personal goals.”
The evening will be co-hosted by third time host for the event, 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 will be joined this year by Chloe Lawson who is an incredible and inspiring young lady. Chloe is also part of SSF’s Active East programme and volunteers throughout the year after school and at weekends and in holiday’s full time hours. This includes many Active East events aimed at getting young people active, but also with PEEK a local East End charity using play to engage children. She hosted the Spirit of 2012 and SSF Legacy learn event last summer, is a Young Scot Year of Young People ambassador and works with SSF’s Girls Judo programme.
Pam Hunter Chief Executive for SSF: “We are so excited about this event, really showing off the superb talents of the young people in Scotland. There is so much to be proud of in our country with the amazing skills of young people. Young people have organised this whole event, gaining valuable experience in process. Changing Lives Through Sport is the way of the future for our young people and SSF are at the forefront of this style of working.”
Shell Twilight Basketball participant and Ambassador Greg Luczak who took part in the 2017 Children in Need Rickshaw challenge is up for an award and will also make a guest appearance taking part in a question and answer session with hosts Andrew and Chloe, sharing his learning from the challenge and thoughts for the future.
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; Melvin Creative and Bannister and Gasp who are also sponsoring all the design and print for the night, Speirs Gumley, The Robertson Trust, RJM Sports, Faxco Ltd, Active Scotland, Zinc Group, skyscanner, Spirit of 2012, Bridgeall, Sixth Sense and the Big Lottery.
To these amazing sponsors our young people would like to express their thanks; Ciaran Gilmour, Active Mentor, SSF: – “Thank you for supporting this life changing charity”. Co-host for the evening Chloe Lawson would like to say:– “Thank you for creating a path to support me through my journey” and Ahmed Mumin, Active Mentor sums it up when he says: – “Teamwork makes the dream work! Thank you for being part of this team”.