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Kiltwalk’s a slam dunk for basketball stars on Tartan Day

American basketballer and Glasgow Rocks star Earl Brown wears a kilt for the first time and scores a slam dunk for Kiltwalk in the process.

Glasgow Rocks Basketball Star Earl Brown Wearing The Official Kiltwalk Kilt

The team at Glenisla Kilts had a tall ask on their hands making sure they had a kilt to fit the 6’6” basketball star ahead of this month’s Glasgow Kiltwalk.

Players for Scotland’s professional basketball team are encouraging charitable walkers across the city to take part in the event to raise funds for Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) – and they were looking the part as they gave the iconic Scottish garment a whirl in a bid to promote the Kiltwalk.

The stars were shooting hoops in Kiltwalk kilts ahead of Tartan Day (April 6) after Rocks’ training at the Emirates Arena, just a mile from Glasgow Green, where the Glasgow Kiltwalk will start on April 29.

Glasgow Rocks stars encourage walkers to sign up now and walk as part of #TeamSSF

Daniel Bajwoulk, General Manager at Glasgow Rocks said: “The Rocks are proud to have the opportunity to be associated with the Kiltwalk especially due to our ever-strengthening partnership with Scottish Sports Futures.

“Hopefully anyone looking to participate in the Kiltwalk considers SSF as their choice. I know first-hand how hard they work and what they have been able to achieve across Scotland since they were established back in 2000. To all those making the Kiltwalk trek this year, I wish you all the best and be sure to stay hydrated!”


Paul Cooney, Chief Executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk, added: “We are really pleased to have netted the Glasgow Rocks, Scotland’s only professional basketball team, as ambassadors for the event.  I hope this will encourage Rocks’ fans to walk for SSF, or any Scottish charity.”

Glasgow Rocks players Boris Matrakov and Jordan Clarke get into the spirit and encourage walkers to sign up for #TeamSSF

Emma Reid, Development Manager at Scottish Sport Futures, said: “We’re proud to have the Glasgow Rocks as motivational role models to thousands of young people across Scotland.

“We are delighted that they’re encouraging people to walk the 2018 Kiltwalk in support of our charity.  For us, the Kiltwalk is a perfect fit. It represents the inspiring, challenging and life-changing impact sport and physical activity can have when used and delivered in the right way.

“The young people get a real buzz from being involved and the fundraising potential is critical to our survival. We love being a part of the occasion.  ”


Thanks to the unique fundraising formula from Kiltwalk backers The Hunter Foundation, for every £100 raised by a walker, your chosen charity receives £140, ensuring the Kiltwalk offers the most effective fundraising model of any mass participation event.


Last year, more than 14,000 people took part in the Kiltwalk helping to raise over £1.9million and with The Hunter Foundation’s 40% top up, over £2.6 million was raised for 780 charities across Scotland.


Walkers can choose from four Kiltwalks this year, the first in Glasgow on 29 April, Aberdeen on 3 June, St Andrews to Dundee on 19 August and Edinburgh on 16 September. Each walk has three distances to choose from to suit people of all ages and abilities. With Glasgow, the 23-mile Mighty Stride starts in Glasgow Green and ends in Balloch, there’s also a 15-mile Big Stroll and six-mile Wee Wander.


For more information about the Kiltwalk, or to get your own Kiltwalk Kilt made by Glenisla go to

To sign up and walk as part of #TeamSSF contact Emma on 0141 218 4640 or

Kirkton Collect Spirit of the Tournament Award at Shell Twilight Basketball National Tournament 2018

Press Release

On Saturday 24th March Shell Twilight Basketball hosted its 10th National Tournament at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell which was a great showcase for the programme. The event featured around 150 young people from; Dundee, the Highlands, North Ayrshire, Stranraer and Glasgow. The event also included a girl’s category alongside existing under 14, under 16 and under 21 categories. The aim of which was to promote female participation in sport and physical activity.


This was the first appearance for Dundee’s Kirkton Twilight session after the programme launching late September last year. The group performed extremely well, especially considering they only had six players. The team got off to a great start winning their first two games with some thrilling basketball skills on display. Fatigue unfortunately took its toll into the third and fourth game which saw them narrowly miss out on a slot in the finals! However, the group performed admirably and were without a doubt the best competitors on the day. As a result, The Kirkton team were awarded ‘Spirit of the Tournament’. This trophy is Shell Twilight Basketballs most prestigious award and is presented to the team who’s attitude best encapsulates the ethos and sportsmanship we aim to encourage throughout our programmes across Scotland.


Title Sponsor Shell have recently renewed their 3 year sponsorship of the programme. Their 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”.


SSF Programme Manager Sean Brady said, “Shell’s continued support of the programme will allow us to develop and deliver the initiative in new communities across Scotland. Our aim is to embed sessions in communities and ensure there is a lasting legacy of local staff and young people to deliver the programme beyond our initial investment”


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 supported the tournament as a volunteer commented “It was great to help out and an unforgettable experience”


Three young people from the Kirkton session will start their ambassador journey this April at the induction residential followed by a year of tailored training to help them take more of a leadership role within their session and give back to their local community.


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.


Comedian, and former basketball player, Chris Forbes, who is also an ambassador for Scottish Sports Futures, dropped in to see the Twilight players, and hand out the winner’s trophies. He said:

The twilight basketball tournament was incredible. To see so many young people from all over the country taking part was brilliant. All the hard work and dedication from the organisers and volunteers was equally inspiring. So many great people coming together to make opportunities like this a reality is what it’s all about. You could tell everyone was having a great time; laughing, socialising, competing and there was a lot of great basketball on show too!


As well as title Sponsors Shell the programme is also supported by the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities scheme, North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership & BBC Children In Need.  The Kirkton session in Dundee runs every Friday night from 8 – 10pm at the Kirkton Community Centre 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


Please see for more information or contact



Notes for Editors:

  • Photo info – All participants from every session involved at the Shell Twilight Basketball National Tournament 2018


Shell Twilight Basketball

  • Basketball is the main engagement tool in this programme – the activity is inclusive, played and watched by males and females in equal proportion
  • Basketball is a first choice sport for many young refugee and asylum seekers and Scottish Sports Futures benefits from a unique partnership with the Glasgow Rocks professional basketball team, allowing access to professional role models and inspirational athletes.
  • Shell Twilight Basketball locations:

Dundee, Glasgow, Stirling, Aberdeen, Nairn, Aviemore, Dingwall, Fife, Stranraer, Inverness and North Ayrshire.

CashBack for Communities

  • The Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme uses the ill-gotten gains of crime, recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and invests them back into communities across Scotland.
  • More information can be found at

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF)

  • Scottish Sports Futures programmes use the power of sport to inspire young people to make positive lifestyle choices.
  • See website for more information –


Martyn Horsfield, Senior Programme Coordinator call: 0141 218 4640


For more information see website:

SSF & Scot Squad Need You!

Scot Squad stars Chris Forbes and Karen Bartke will be walking the Glasgow Kiltwalk on Sunday 29th April 2018 in aid of Scottish Sports Futures, and they want you to join them and walk for #TeamSSF!

Chris and Karen will be tackling the 15 mile ‘Big Stroll’, walking from Clydebank in Glasgow to Balloch Country Park on the shores of Loch Lomond. 

Chris said:

“As a proud ambassador for SSF, I am taking part in the Kiltwalk to help raise awareness and funds for this incredible charity. Scottish sports futures help over 10,000 disadvantaged young people every year across Scotland and I have seen first hand how they use sport to help change lives.”

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) are offering FREE entry to anyone who walks the Glasgow Kiltwalk for #TeamSSF on Sunday, 29th April 2018. All we ask is that you raise a minimum of £100 sponsorship.

The Kiltwalk is a fantastic opportunity to fundraise for SSF. The Tom Hunter Foundation will top up ALL donations by 40%. So if you raise £100, we will receive £140!

SSF have set an ambitious target of raising £20,000 from the Kiltwalk this year. This will support our work with Scotland’s most vulnerable communities and allow us to introduce inspiring role models, delivering life changing messages to an additional 1,000 young people across Scotland.

If you do not want to walk BUT do want to support us, we are also looking for volunteers to sign up as a Kiltie on the day. For every hour you volunteer, SSF will receive £1.40 for your time and support. We are also looking for volunteers to go and cheer on our walkers along the route. A t-shirt, cheer sticks and flags will be provided.


Glasgow too far away? Already got plans for 29th April?

Never fear, the Kiltwalk also run three other walks across Scotland throughout the year:

  • Aberdeen – Sunday 3rd June 2018
  • Dundee – Sunday 19th August 2018
  • Edinburgh – Sunday 16th September 2018

For more information click here.

If you would like to join #TeamSSF on any of the four Kiltwalks, as a walker, a Kiltie, or a volunteer, follow the instructions in the video


Active East-ER Create18 event supported by the Year of Young People!


10 Active Champions from our Active East programme had the idea to run an Easter Family Fun day at Crownpoint for all the young people in the East end and now their event is only 2 weeks away!!

Step 1: Ideas for event?! (tick)

Step 2: Apply for funding (tick)

Step 3: Successful Funding (tick)

Step 4: Event planning (tick)

Step 5: Run Event….. April 7th 2018

The Active Champions successfully organised, planned and will be running their very own event designed by young people for young people! Ideas for games, sports, DJs, fun activities, paint your tee shirt and where the event would be held all decided upon by the Active Champions! They have even planned to end the day with a HUGE Easter egg hunt!

Every part of the day will be young person led and the Active Champions are all super excited to have everyone there! Come along and join us!

Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-Free Generation

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) are proud to endorse ASH Scotland’s charter for a tobacco-free generation by 2034, supporting six key principles that encourage discussion and enable organisations to examine how their own policy & practice can best contribute to the tobacco-free goal. 

More information is available on ASH Scotland’s website – Taking Action on Smoking and Health

Don yer kilt in aid of SSF!

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) are offering FREE entry to anyone who walks the Glasgow Kiltwalk for #TeamSSF on Sunday, 29th April 2018. All we ask is that you raise a minimum of £100 sponsorship.

The Kiltwalk is a fantastic opportunity to fundraise for SSF. The Tom Hunter Foundation will top up ALL donations by 40%, therefore if you raise £100, we will receive £140!

PLUS, every walker who signs up will be entered into a prize draw to win a car donated by Arnold Clark. There are 4 Kiltwalks throughout the year – Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh and a prize draw and car to be won for each location.

The Kiltwalk has 3 lengths of walks – 23 miles, 14 miles of 6 miles. The 23 mile walk is from Glasgow Green to Balloch, 14 mile from Clydebank to Balloch and the 6 mile is around Balloch Country Park.

There is a walk for all abilities and the 6 mile walk is suitable for families. Take your kids with you, a picnic and stop along the way to enjoy the atmosphere. You can even take your dog!

Last year, 14,000 walkers took part across all 4 Kiltwalks and you could be joining them along the route. There are plenty of pit stops along the way with entertainment and snacks for all.

Find out more about Kiltwalk –

Walk for #Team SSF and you will be helping to support over 10,000 disadvantaged young people that we work with a year across Scotland, helping to change their lives through sport.

Follow us on Twitter  @ssf_2000

See one of our young people’s story here who took part in BBC Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge last year in November

If you want to get involved and walk for #TeamSSF, please contact for FREE entry and a fundraising pack.

For corporates – SSF and the Kiltwalk can come to your offices and do an activation event to get your staff signed up. It’s a great way to meet CSR targets and to promote a healthy workforce! If interested, please get in touch!

If you do not want to walk but you do want to support us, we are also looking for volunteers to sign up as a Kiltie on the day. For every hour you volunteer, SSF will receive £1.40 for your time and support.

Also, we are looking for volunteers to go and cheer on our walkers along the route. A t-shirt, cheer sticks and flags will be provided.

Thank you for your support.


Zip Line Across the Clyde for Scottish Sports Futures

Feeling Adventurous? Want to raise money for charity? Then the Zipline Across the Clyde on 8th April may be the one for you!
Scottish Sports Futures are offering half price registration for those who raise £120 or more for us. For more information and to register contact Angela on 0141 218 4640 or

Scottish Sports Futures Comedy Night

Some of Scotland’s finest comedians will descend on The Stand, Glasgow in April for our first comedy night of 2018.

Starring Fred Macaulay, Chris Forbes, Gary Little and Darren Connell, the night promises to be a fun, laughter-filled night, so book early to avoid disappointment. 

Kicking off Year of Young People with Celebratory Awards

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”.





SSF have BIG news

Scottish Sports Futures charity are delighted to have secured 2 years investment from the Big Lottery Improving Lives Fund to continue our Legacy branded, award winning Active East youth volunteering and personal development programme. 

Active East uses sport as the hook to inspire and motivate young people living in disadvantaged communities to become confident goal setters, volunteering to build transferable skills and widen opportunities for participation in their local community.

The programme, first launched in 2013 by Olympic rower and gold medallist Katherine Granger, harnesses the power of sport and used the 2014 Commonwealth Games as a catalyst to transform the lives of young people in Glasgow’s East End.  To date the sport for change programme has supported over 170 young people and enabled more than 40,000 hours of youth volunteering. 

Active East will use the platform of sport and physical activity to reach and work with young people who are struggling to engage with traditional education and learning environments or those isolated and inactive.  The programme puts young people at the heart of decision making, at the heart of local organisations and at the heart of delivery, it focuses on their incredible potential and seeks to empower young people to:

Increase aspirations, self-confidence and life skills, feel more positive about their futures, reach positive destinations, influence change around issues that affect them in their community and increase access to quality physical activity led by other young people.

The programme offers a flexible, wrap-around approach that allows young people to find their individual path and develop from the inside out using “sport for change” principles to combine youth work approaches with the physical and mental benefits of physical activity.

The new investment from the Big Lottery will allow us to continue the personal development programme and take forward the significant learning from listening and responding to the needs of young communities and properly understanding the barriers and challenges they face.

Active East Manager, Rohanna Irvine “We are incredibly excited to be able to continue the programme that showcases the amazing talents and commitment of the young people we have the pleasure to work with.  We also have over 40 amazing partner organisations in the East of Glasgow who will help young people achieve positive outcomes through unique volunteering and leadership opportunities.   The programme will be positive, fun and free!  Big Lottery funding means we can continue to improve and change the lives of young people living in the East End, giving them a voice and a platform to shine.”

Active East is delivering lasting change, supporting physical and mental wellbeing, improving life chances and strengthening communities.  Young people consulted on this proposal are looking forward to being a huge part of the leadership and delivery of the initiative over the next 2 years.  One young leader commented “Active East changes the lives of so many young people, they encourage everyone to achieve their full potential. It has been great to be involved throughout the past 3 years and it has really developed me as a person.  I can’t wait to support other young people to get the same benefits I have.”

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “I am delighted that Scottish Sports Futures has been successful in securing National Lottery funding. The funding will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish Scottish Sports Futures every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community.”

Scottish Sports Futures and the Active East team are committed to ensuring all young people have the chance to fulfil their potential.  The partnership with Big Lottery goes a long way to ensuring we can.