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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

SSF New Chair Appointment

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) is pleased to announce Maureen McGonigle as the new chair of the charity.  Maureen is the founder of Scottish Women in Sport, a charity whose mission is to raise the profile, empower and increase awareness of all women in sport.

SSF’s aim is to inspire and support young people to make positive lifestyle choices.  They encourage young people to enrol in active journeys towards positive destinations using sport as the platform for engagement, working on their personal development and building transferable skills. SSF work in six programmes across Scotland, engaging with over 10,000 young people each year

Maureen joins Pam Hunter, who was confirmed as SSF’s new CEO in June this year, in a move which now sees two women occupy the top two roles in the organisation.

Maureen has gained a valuable insight into the charity during her three years on the board and believes Pam’s business background can combine with her two decades immersed in the sports industry to good effect.

Maureen has amassed a wealth of experience in the voluntary sector and in women’s football, which will stand her in good stead as she aims to grow the reach and output of the charity, as well as its list of commercial partners.

The prospects of driving the charity forward from a position of strength excites Maureen and she is thrilled to be given the responsibility of delivering SSF’s ambitious plans.

Maureen said: “It is both a privilege and an honour to be taking over as chair of Scottish Sports Futures, which has been in the safe hands of Charles Cormack up until now and who will retain a seat on the board. Working together with Pam, we can look forward to continuing the good work of the organisation and extending our reach in the future.”

Pam is delighted to start working alongside Maureen and believes their synergy will help drive SSF’s ambitions forward.

She said: “SSF is in a great position leading the way in the ‘sport for change’ agenda, genuinely changing young people’s lives. I am excited for the future of the charity and working with Maureen will be a fabulous partnership. She will make a great chair of SSF and we are very proud to have her.”

For more information see website: www.scottishsportsfutures.org.uk

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