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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.

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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. 

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 for more information or contact

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 for more information or contact



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

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! 



  • 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



Stay tuned for the list of nominees

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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


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