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Shell Twilight Basketball at the PEAK of Success at National Tournament 2017

On Saturday 4th of November, 170 young people from all across Scotland attended the Peak in Stirling for a thrilling day of competition and fun on and off the basketball court. All 20 teams demonstrated exhilarating basketball on display right to the end. Scottish Sports Futures’ Shell Twilight Basketball groups from Fife, Stirling and Glasgow comprised the ‘National Tournament 2017’.

 

For the second year, a girl’s category was added to the annual tournament alongside existing under 14, under 18 and under 21 categories. The aim of this was to promote female participation in sport and physical activity. The category was made a spectacle of during the day and was hugely appreciated by everyone in attendance. Four teams were entered and each game was incredible to watch.

 

 

This is the seventh time the tournament has run as additional activity to the normal evening diversionary sessions and the second time the event has been hosted in Stirling. It is also the first event to run as part of our new tournament strategy which encompasses all of our Shell Twilight Basketball programmes across Scotland. A lot of work has gone into creating a long lasting impact by embedding our sessions into the communities we engage with. Tournaments are a huge part of the programme and will still be offered to sessions who have gone through the process of becoming community led sessions.

 

 

 

The FREE programme is supported by Title Sponsors, Shell, the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities and North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership. It 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 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”.

 

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 attended the tournament commented, “The tournament is a great chance to play with a variety of people. It’s a friendly atmosphere and everyone supports each other, it’s good to see the girls only section and the staff at Twilight sessions are what make them so great!”

 

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.

 

Scottish Sports Futures programmes Education through Cashback, Jump2It and Active East also had a large role in delivering workshops including a very popular Active East activity zone. This was delivered by young volunteers from the east end of Glasgow to provide fun activities during breaks in the schedule.

 

The Jump2It – Education and Development Coordinator, Alan Hendry commented, “It was such a fantastic day to see young people competing in the national tournament displaying the true spirit of sport.  It worked on all levels with their eagerness and appetite to also engage and learn through the educational work-shops.  Without doubt, it was a pleasure to see young players fully embracing the importance of the educational inputs and leading healthy lives.”

   

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

 

 

Year of Young People Awards 2018

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) are kick starting the Year of Young People 2018 with an Awards night showcasing and celebrating the amazing young personalities, talents, and achievers that make up Scotland. It’s all about inspiring our nation through its young people’s ideas, attitudes and ambitions. 

The 2018 Year of Young People Awards night is on Friday 26th January 2018 and we are delighted to announce our title sponsor sportscotland. 

On the evening we will have 10 awards dedicated to celebrating the contributions of our young people and those who have supported them throughout the year. The night will be a truecelebration with many surprises showcased throughout the night and we can now reveal we will also be joined by our Shell Twilight Basketball participant and Ambassador Greg Francis who took part in the 2017 Children in Need Rickshaw challenge. 

SSF is a charity Changing Lives through sport and over the last 17 years we have beenworking in communities that are vulnerable or at risk. Our local and national programmes provide tailored pathways to positive destinations, supporting young people to fulfil their potential and widening opportunities for all. We hope you can join us to celebrate.

Please join us in what promises to be the most inspiring evening, all planned, delivered and hosted by young people.

click here to download the booking form or for more information contact kirsty@ssf.org.uk

Tickets cost £38 (for coaches or young people involved within SSF) £50 for an individual and £450 for a table. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  Get your tickets booked for what will be a fantastic evening ofcelebration! 

 

Awards

  • Spirit of the Year 2018

This award recognises a unique young person who stands out by their encouragement of others, enthusiasm and a positive attitude.

  • Partnership of the Year award 2018

This award recognises a partnership in a local authority area which has enabled the success of the SSF programme, supporting young people through working together to achieve a common goal of changing lives through sport.

  • Mentor of the Year 2018

This award is for a local adult role model and mentor who has enabled the success of a programme for young people engaged in SSF programmes.

  • Best Newcomer 2018

This award recognises an outstanding young person who has engaged with SSF within the last year and has demonstrated commitment to their development through this involvement.

  • Dedication to Personal Development 2018

This special young person has demonstrated and evidenced continuous commitment to their personal development journey through participating or volunteering in and SSF programme.

  • Community Champion of the Year 2018

This award acknowledges the volunteer commitment dedicated to developing and supporting both local and large scale events and activities attending and fully contributing to the provision.

  • Young Coach of the Year 2018

This award highlights the commitment and drive from a dedicated and inspirational young person put into delivering quality physical activity sessions for other local young people.

  • SSF Ambassador of the Year 2018

This person has embraced the concept of Sport4change and puts young people at the heart of everything they do and is bought in entirely to the 2018 themed Year of Young People.

  • Aspiring Leader Award 2018

This amazing young person has taken a lead role, encouraging others and being a role model to peers.

  • SSF Outstanding Achievement Award 2018

This young person can be described as ‘awesome’, they give everything their all, have overcome challenge and are always there taking every opportunity.

 

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Charity Prize draw

 

Nominees

Stay tuned for the list of nominees

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Sponsors   

sportscotland

sportscotland

 

Spirit of the Year 2018

Melvin Creative

Melvin Creative

Partnership for change award 2018

The Robertson Trust

The Robertson Trust

Young Coach of the Year 2018

Spiers Gumley 

Spiers Gumley

SSF Ambassador of the Year 2018

Active Scotland

Active Scotland

 

Mentor of the year 2018

 

Best Newcomer 2018

 

Dedication to personal development 2018

 

Community Champion of the Year 2018

 

Aspiring Leader Award 2018

 

SSF Outstanding Achievement Award 2018

 

For more information or to sponsor an award please contact Kirsty@ssf.org.uk

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Previous Awards nights

Some of Scotland’s finest stand ups to appear at one off charity show in Glasgow

On the bill are Chris Forbes of the BBC sitcom ‘Scot Squad’ and Scotland’s Comedian of the Year, Mark Nelson

Some of Scotland’s most talented new comedians will take to the stage at a special charity fundraiser for Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) next month.

The Hard Rock Cafe on Buchanan Street will be the venue for the one off night (on Thursday November 2) with actor and comedian Chris Forbes star from the BBC’s ‘Scot Squad’ topping the bill.

Also on the line up is Scottish Comedian of the Year, Mark Nelson, Billy Kirkwood – who fronts Ayrshire’s West FM breakfast show and Graham Stewart, a regular on the comedy circuit in Glasgow.

All of the money raised on the night will go to Glasgow based charity SSF, which delivers nationwide sports development programmes to around 10,000 young people. SSF focus their work on young people who are at risk or are disadvantaged.

Chris, a former basketball player who played for Scotland at junior and cadet level, is an ambassador for the charity and said: “We’ve got a terrific line up with guaranteed laughs and offering a great night out, all for a really inspiring organisation. SSF does incredibly important work and I have seen first-hand how it can turn a young person’s life around.

“Their programmes really do work and are directly helping so many overlooked children.”

Nights like this are vital for SSF, whose chief executive, Pam Hunter, said: “We are indebted to Chris, Billy and Graham for their commitment and support which really means a lot to the charity.

“Chris is passionate about how sport can help young people in so many ways and we’re really lucky to have him on board.”

Tickets for the night cost £12 and you can pick them up from the Hard Rock website.

Credit: Gregor Kyle – Glasgowlive.co.uk

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Scot Squad star Chris Forbes to headline comedy gig in Glasgow for Scottish Sports Futures

SCOT Squad star Chris Forbes will headline a charity comedy night in aid of Scottish Sports Futures (SSF).

The fundraiser will take place on Thursday, November 2 from 8pm at the Hard Rock Café in Glasgow.

Joining Chris, who plays countryside PC Charlie McIntosh, will be Mark Nelson, Scottish Comedian of the Year and Fringe regular; Billy Kirkwood who fronts Ayrshire’s West FM breakfast show; and Graham Stewart, a regular favourite on the comedy circuit.

Tickets cost £12 and are available from www.hardrock.com/cafes/glasgow.

Glasgow based charity SSF delivers nationwide sports development programmes to around 10,000 young people a year with a focus on those at risk and disadvantaged.

The programmes use the power of sport such as basketball, judo and rowing, to inspire young people to make positive lifestyle choices.

An ambassador for the charity, Chris was a talented basketball player and played for Scotland at junior and cadet level.

He also was a basketball coach and counsellor at Camp Moss Hollow in Washington DC supporting at-risk young people.

Chris said: “We’ve got a terrific line up with guaranteed laughs and offering a great night out, all for a really inspiring organisation.

“SSF does incredibly important work and I have seen first-hand how it can turn a young person’s life around.

“Their programmes really do work and are directly helping so many overlooked children.”

Pam Hunter, Chief Executive, SSF added: “We are indebted to Chris, Billy and Graham for their commitment and support which really means a lot to the charity. Chris is passionate about how sport can help young people in so many ways and we’re really lucky to have him on board.”

Credit: Stacey Mullen – eveningtimes.co.uk

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

Sport for Change – The Robertson Trust

Since 2000, Scottish Sports Futures have combined youth work and sport to support young people to become all they can be, to be inspired to make positive life style choices and to change their own lives for the better. Our tried and tested approach involves working in the most deprived communities in Scotland. Working with local and national partners and utilising professional role models with our partnership with the Glasgow Rocks as well as Judo Scotland, Netball Scotland and many other fantastic sports combined with the upskilling and development of local young people brought us into this space recognised now as ‘Sportforchange’.

Recently we have been working alongside The Robertson Trust, Scottish Government and sportscotland with our colleagues also working in this space to research this approach to sport and physical activity. The findings are published in a report and summary document can be found here – http://www.therobertsontrust.org.uk/innovation-and-learning/publications/sport-for-change-overview. Together we want to ensure that all people have access to quality sports provision, that young people can be supported to fulfil and realise potential. When sport is about more than the sport we know what approach to use and we have developed SCQF accredited modules, funded through the Scottish Governments CashBack for Communities programme so named Education Through CashBack (known as ETC) to upskill the workforce to understand young people and put them at the heart of programmes. These are open to all and there are options for funded courses right through to tutor training, more information can be found on the dedicated website here – http://etcashback.org.uk/

In the next few months we will play a part in implementing an action plan, based on findings from this research and are very excited about what this means for sport but more importantly for young people in Scotland. Watch this space for more news and information on how to access training and be involved.
Kirsty McNab

Head of Operations

SSF

Scottish Sports Future announces new celebrity ambassador

Scottish charity SSF has announced comedian Chris Forbes as its new ambassador to raise awareness for its sports programmes aimed at disadvantaged kids

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) has recently named actor and comedian Chris Forbes as its newest celebrity ambassador.

SSF is a Glasgow based charity delivering sports programmes to disadvantaged young people across Scotland, with the aim of helping them to make positive lifestyle choices.

The actor is best known for his role in BBC Scotland’s mockumentary series Scot Squad, and will take up the role as charity ambassador once his Edinburgh Fringe stand-up show ends.

The job of celebrity ambassador is to raise awareness of the community work SSF does, and Chris will also contribute to the charity’s work by fundraising, blogging and making speaking appearances.

Chris headlined SSF’s June comedy fundraiser, as well as having previous voluntary and sporting experience, having worked at a sports camp in Washington DC coaching at-risk young people.

Chris, born in the Bridge of Weir, said: “I am delighted to be an ambassador for SSF. It does incredibly important work and I am honoured to be involved with such an inspiring organisation. I am passionate about sport and know first-hand how it can benefit a young person’s lifestyle and life choices as I have worked with kids with disadvantaged backgrounds before.”

Angela Gregory, SSF’s finance manager, said: “We are thrilled that Chris has agreed to be an ambassador for SSF and to raise awareness of and support the work we do with thousands of young people every year.

“The enthusiasm and profile that Chris brings to the role as a SSF ambassador will be of great benefit to SSF and the young people we support.”

Chris will be headlining SSF’s comedy fundraiser at the Hard Rock Café in Glasgow in November, with funds going towards helping Scottish young people through SSF’s sports programmes.

Read more here – www.thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/scottish-sports-future-announces-new-celebrity-ambassador

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