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 firstname.lastname@example.org.