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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

Thoughts on Girl’s Participation

 Demi Mitchell, Active East Youth Worker

Female participation in sport and physical activity for me is very important.

There are so many benefits I gain from being physically active such as keeping myself fit, feeling good about myself, and having time to clear my head. Sport has always been such a huge part of my life and over the years I have seen the number of females participating in sport increase, which is AMAZING!

I think its important females have role models to look up to in sport: whether that is their sporting hero, a family member, or a coach who has a positive influence in their physical activity levels. Girls encouraging other girls in sport is the most powerful attitude to have! 

Glasgow Fitness Instructor Swims for SSF

In August Glasgow-based fitness instructor Ceza Ouzounian completed her first open water swim along Scotland’s 5.8KM Loch Lubnaig in aid of Scottish Sports Futures (SSF). 

To coincide with Active Girl’s Week, Ceza handed over a cheque for £500 at one of her weekly Pilates classes this week at the Movement Studio in Hillhead. 

Ceza with members of her Pilates class

Fitness Instructor Ceza with members of her Pilates class

 

On choosing SSF for her sponsored Swim Ceza said:

“I like the sound of what you guys do because I think sports is so important, especially for kids as they’re growing up, a community of friends, and you know feeling good in your body and getting moving so that’s why I chose SSF.”

 

If Ceza has inspired you to take on your own fitness challenge in aid of SSF, email info@ssf.org.uk with the subject #UltimateFitnessChallenge for more information. 

 

For more information on Ceza’s classes head to ceza.co.uk

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

Active East Explores Alternative Education Methods

 By Alistair Neil, Active East Youth Development Coordinator 

Education is so important for all of the young people that we work with across every Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) programme. Within the Active East programme we work with young people from the East End of Glasgow aged 12-25.

 

Across the 4 strands of Active East every young person is educated in different ways. Whether that be through gaining volunteer experience in their chosen placement, gaining coaching qualifications from national governing bodies, taking part in educational workshops, or completing modules from SSF’s Education Through Cashback (ETC) programme. In addition to this, the young people get the chance to meet people from different background, cultures, nationalities and beliefs, gain new experiences, visit new places, and learn how to work in their stretch zone; all of which increases these young people’s understanding of the world and is so important to their development and a major part of growing up.

A group of young people from the East End of Glasgow take part in our Chance:2:Be programme.

Our Chance:2:Be programme offers young people alternative ways to gain qualifications and work experience.

We aim to ensure that the qualifications chosen by the young people are all going to be used within their volunteering, and support them through college, university and work. For example we had 20 young people complete Ultimate Frisbee Dodgeball training which was then used to deliver taster sessions to our partner organisations around the East End of Glasgow, reaching 100 young people. This could also be used at volunteering sessions where they deliver different activities to young people.

The aim is not to tick boxes when young people complete qualifications, but to really work to ensure they are used to develop the young people’s skills and will be beneficial to them in the future.

One strand of the Active East programme is Chance:2:Be. This strand works with young people aged 16-25 for 12 weeks where they will complete 7 qualifications. These will including First Aid and ETC: Working With Young People in Sport. Each of these qualifications will assist the young person when they come to start their volunteer placements in a partner organisation of their choice. In addition to this, these qualifications will be beneficial when they are looking for college, university or apprenticeship placements, or for work as they have been practising what they have previously learned.

 

Using a youth work approach to education ensures that everyone we work with is gaining an education in the way that they learn best. We give the young people the choice of what qualifications they want to gain and how they want to use it. We aim to make sure that what is learnt is being retained and used to benefit each person we are working with.

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)

Active East Volunteers Give Over 40,000 Hours

 By Alistair Neil, Active East Youth Development Coordinator

Volunteering is a massive part of Active East. 40,000 volunteer hours have been given by the Active Champions aged 12-24 in the East End of Glasgow to provide local young people with fun, safe, encouraging and happy places to take part in sport, physical activity and youth clubs.

Active East has 4 strands where young people are able to volunteer – Chance:2:Be, Active Champions, Ready Steady Leaders and Mini Mentors. Each of these strands has their own role when it comes to volunteering and are involved in different ways from assisting, leading to mentoring.

Active East volunteers enjoying team building activities

Active East volunteers enjoying team building activities

Volunteers on each of these strands are given the opportunity to design their own volunteer journey – this include picking training, volunteer placement, volunteer role, events they attend and the days they are able to volunteer.

For the young people we work with volunteering is crucial to them and can become a massive part of their life. Volunteering is a place where they develop their skills, meet new people, grow in confidence, receive training, and learn what they would like to do in the future as well as having a huge impact on the lives of so many other people. One Ready Steady Leader has said “I love any aspect of volunteering. Working with Older or Younger people it’s just so fun,” and that “I get to volunteer at large events but also get to help out my community.”

The commitment the young volunteers we work with have for helping in their community and getting involved with every opportunity they can is amazing to see. With the European Championships being in Glasgow this month the Active Champions gave 500 hours the assisting and leading activity at Go Live at the Green, attending events and supporting the games.

 

SSF at the European Championships

The European Championships are coming to Glasgow 2nd-12th August and Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) will be there every day running our multi-sport ‘Activation Zone’. We’ll be running activities all day every day, as well as taking part in activities run by LEAP Sports and the Scottish Association for Mental Health. 

What

Multi-Sport Zone

Every day of the championships we will be at Glasgow Green running a multi-sport Activation Zone from 10am onwards, with help from our Active Champion and NOMADS volunteers. The Activation Zone will have a choice of activities ranging from an assault course to outdoor dominoes, all activities are free and open to everyone. 
We are also running three special basketball sessions with players from the Glasgow Rocks coming along to help coach and offer some expert tips on Saturday 4th 10am-2.30pm, Tuesday 7th 10am-2.30pm, and Thursday 9th 2.30-7pm. 

 

Pride House

Leap Sports are running the Pride House Programme throughout the games, a welcoming space to enjoy the games and to learn about LGBTQI sports, as well as educating people on homophobia and transphobia that exist within sport.
As part of their programme, Active East will be running a free action-packed afternoon of team-building and sports activities on Saturday 4th August, 2-5pm, at Pride House, 17 Trongate, Glasgow. 

For more information check out their programme guide here!

 

SAMH 

SSF staff will be volunteering our time to go and help out at the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) stand every day of the championship at Glasgow Green. We will be there to talk to people about mental health, the importance of physical activity for good mental health, and help provide information on how and where people can get the help they need. SAMH will also be encouraging people to take part in the 5 Ways Challenge – five different ways you can help people every day. 

 

Info Stand

Along with our Activation Zone, every day of the championships we will have our info stand at Glasgow Green, where you can find out more information about SSF, take part in our interactive surveys, and possibly even win some prizes. 

 

Who

Active Champions

Active Champions are a group of young volunteers from Active East will be at Glasgow Green every day to help run our multi-sport Active Zone.
Our Active East programme recruit Active Champions, working alongside these young volunteers to help them achieve a range of qualifications and helping them find volunteer placements with one of our partner organisations so they can make a difference in their local communities in the East End of Glasgow. 

 

Shell Twilight Ambassadors

The Shell Twilight Ambassadors are participants from our Shell Twilight Basketball sessions who will be volunteering throughout the championships at out multi-sport Active Zone.
Ambassadors have under gone training to become youth ambassadors for the programme, as well as role models to other participants. Our Shell Twilight Ambassadors have also taken up leadership roles within their local Twilight sessions, as well as achieving coaching, first aid and child protection qualifications.

 

NOMADS

The NOMADS programme is an Erasmus funded European exchange programme which allows young people from across Europe to travel and volunteer at Sport4all events. This year we sent young volunteers to various work camps and sport events across Europe in partnership with Xchange Scotland. We will also be hosting 11 young people who will be taking part in a work camp at Dean Castle in East Ayrshire, supported and led by 2 SSF volunteers, Gary Penders and Chanelle Gallacher. As part of this Exchange programme they will be coming to Glasgow Green Live Zone to volunteer delivering multi-sports from the 7th – 11th August.

 

Glasgow Rocks

Players from the Glasgow Rocks, Scotland’s only professional male basketball team, will be joining us during the championships to run a series of basketball coaching sessions at our Active Zone. 
SSF work with the Glasgow Rocks throughout the year with players helping to deliver the Jump2it programme – visiting primary schools to promote the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle and highlighting the dangers of smoking and alcohol. The Glasgow Rocks also work with our Shell Twilight Basketball programme to deliver coaching sessions throughout the year. 

 

Where

Jump2it Reaps the Benefits of National Partnerships

 
By Alan Hendry, Jump2it Education and Development Coordinator

We at Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) believe that all young people should have access to quality sporting provision, and that they should be guided, mentored and supported to realise and reach their full potential. We appreciate that sport can transcend social and cultural boundaries, and has the ability to be used as a tool to educate, upskill and change the lives of young people and their communities. It is for this very reason that we aim to understand the needs of the young people and place them at the heart of all of our programmes.

Utilising the power of sport and physical activity as a tool to bring about positive societal change has long been recognised as a valuable strategy within community development. It is widely acknowledged that participation in sport and physical activity can bring about changes in physical, psychological and social well-being. However, the ‘Sport For Change’ agenda aims to distinguish which approaches are most effective to bring about these changes with a particular focus placed on partnership networking and collaboration.  

The ‘Sport For Change’ agenda is defined as using sport and physical activity as a means of intentionally bringing about positive benefits for both communities and their individuals to meet specific needs within localities. Within this concept sport is used as the hook to engage with individuals, groups or communities and bring about societal change. Although this is a relatively new approach within its wider context and application, we at Scottish Sports Futures have been utilising this model for the last 18 years within our ‘Sport For Change’ programmes.

SSF work with a network of with both local and national partner organisations, professional sporting clubs and role models, and national governing bodies with the aim of encouraging participation in physical activity, as well as promoting physical and mental well-being, community integration and self-efficacy within young people. This approach has allowed us to form a network of partner organisations with combined knowledge around sport and community development and an appreciation of community needs and local young people, which has brought us into this space known as ‘Sport For Change’.

Within the ‘Sport For Change’ agenda there is a pressing need for organisations to adopt a joined up working approach. In today’s economic climate, partnership working is more important than ever before. Collaboration has become a major focus within the third sector in recent years, and with funding pots dwindling there is even more demand on organisations to achieve more with less resources. However, out of this financial necessity comes the possibility of driving forward real innovative change and different approaches to the ‘Sport For Change’ model. The key is to delivering innovative, young person-centred programmes with limited budgets, is to adopt collaborative approaches to delivery.

Partnership working allows organisations to share learning, local knowledge, networks and resources. Adopting a collaborative approach offers different organisations, groups and networks the opportunity to combine forces to tackle development challenges whilst at the same time simultaneously reaping organisational benefits and achieving mutually desired outcomes. 

The purpose of creating networking opportunities is to enable organisations to share best practice and learning, receive training and support collectively to promote joint working approaches. Vital to collaborative working is to identify the desired outcomes of sport and physical activity programmes by each organisation and to work together to ensure that the work complements the work of the other and that work is not duplicated.

All SSF initiatives have been designed with the young people at the heart of decision making, and are specifically designed to encourage participation in physical activity as well as promoting physical and mental well-being, community integration and self-efficacy.

Utilising our sport for change model, SSF have excelled in creating effective partnerships and local networks bringing together local knowledge, youth work and sporting approaches for the most effective sustainable impacts for young people across Scotland. 

Through collaborative work with a variety of community groups, Jump2it have been successful in achieving local community development as well as promoting various community benefits such as volunteerism, active citizenship, community well-being and the creation of local social networks for young people within a sport for change environment.

One effective example of this partnership approach within the Sport for Change model can be demonstrated through the Jump2it’s collaborative work with Police Scotland. Over the last year Jump2it have worked very closely with Police Scotland’s community engagement teams in an attempt to break down barriers and perceptions between police and youngsters within the Glasgow area, while also driving forward community focused outcomes of integration and community well-being. This has proven to be a very effective means of bridging gaps in relations between Police Scotland and the young people of Glasgow, all the while effectively promoting wider inclusion within a ‘Sport For Change’ environment.

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