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Some of Scotland’s finest stand ups to appear at one off charity show in Glasgow

On the bill are Chris Forbes of the BBC sitcom ‘Scot Squad’ and Scotland’s Comedian of the Year, Mark Nelson

Some of Scotland’s most talented new comedians will take to the stage at a special charity fundraiser for Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) next month.

The Hard Rock Cafe on Buchanan Street will be the venue for the one off night (on Thursday November 2) with actor and comedian Chris Forbes star from the BBC’s ‘Scot Squad’ topping the bill.

Also on the line up is Scottish Comedian of the Year, Mark Nelson, Billy Kirkwood – who fronts Ayrshire’s West FM breakfast show and Graham Stewart, a regular on the comedy circuit in Glasgow.

All of the money raised on the night will go to Glasgow based charity SSF, which delivers nationwide sports development programmes to around 10,000 young people. SSF focus their work on young people who are at risk or are disadvantaged.

Chris, a former basketball player who played for Scotland at junior and cadet level, is an ambassador for the charity and said: “We’ve got a terrific line up with guaranteed laughs and offering a great night out, all for a really inspiring organisation. SSF does incredibly important work and I have seen first-hand how it can turn a young person’s life around.

“Their programmes really do work and are directly helping so many overlooked children.”

Nights like this are vital for SSF, whose chief executive, Pam Hunter, said: “We are indebted to Chris, Billy and Graham for their commitment and support which really means a lot to the charity.

“Chris is passionate about how sport can help young people in so many ways and we’re really lucky to have him on board.”

Tickets for the night cost £12 and you can pick them up from the Hard Rock website.

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Scot Squad star Chris Forbes to headline comedy gig in Glasgow for Scottish Sports Futures

SCOT Squad star Chris Forbes will headline a charity comedy night in aid of Scottish Sports Futures (SSF).

The fundraiser will take place on Thursday, November 2 from 8pm at the Hard Rock Café in Glasgow.

Joining Chris, who plays countryside PC Charlie McIntosh, will be Mark Nelson, Scottish Comedian of the Year and Fringe regular; Billy Kirkwood who fronts Ayrshire’s West FM breakfast show; and Graham Stewart, a regular favourite on the comedy circuit.

Tickets cost £12 and are available from

Glasgow based charity SSF delivers nationwide sports development programmes to around 10,000 young people a year with a focus on those at risk and disadvantaged.

The programmes use the power of sport such as basketball, judo and rowing, to inspire young people to make positive lifestyle choices.

An ambassador for the charity, Chris was a talented basketball player and played for Scotland at junior and cadet level.

He also was a basketball coach and counsellor at Camp Moss Hollow in Washington DC supporting at-risk young people.

Chris said: “We’ve got a terrific line up with guaranteed laughs and offering a great night out, all for a really inspiring organisation.

“SSF does incredibly important work and I have seen first-hand how it can turn a young person’s life around.

“Their programmes really do work and are directly helping so many overlooked children.”

Pam Hunter, Chief Executive, SSF added: “We are indebted to Chris, Billy and Graham for their commitment and support which really means a lot to the charity. Chris is passionate about how sport can help young people in so many ways and we’re really lucky to have him on board.”

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Shell Twilight Basketball – Significant Investment in Coaching Helps Deliver Scottish Wide Diversionary Sports Programme


To truly change the lives of young people in Scotland through the power of sport investment in delivery staff is crucial. Staff and volunteers from across Scotland recently gathered on the shores of Loch Lomond for Shell Twilight Basketball’s annual training weekend. Ardoch Estate, with its stunning views over the loch, provided the perfect setting for the group of 20 coaches and youth workers to meet others delivering the Scottish Sports Futures’ programme and complete valuable training. The weekend was made possible with generous funding from The Ardoch Foundation, and the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities.

The annual weekend is a key event in supporting staff and volunteers to understand how to maximise their impact and influence on the young people that they work with on a weekly basis at their Shell Twilight Basketball sessions. The group, who are all relatively new to the programme, took part in sessions to gain understanding and confidence in their role making the weekly Friday night sessions welcoming and inclusive for young people. In attendance were 20 coaches and youth workers, representing Shell Twilight locations in the Highlands, Aberdeen, Fife, Dundee, Stirling, Glasgow, North Ayrshire and Stranraer.

Programme Manager Sean Brady commented: “Investment in training & support for our staff is a major priority for us. They are on the ground delivering the programme and are the key to its success. We want to ensure staff are prepared and confident to support the needs of young people across Scotland through our sessions.”

Participants also completed Education Through Cashback (ETC) modules in Working With Young People in Sport, Communication, and Conflict Resolution. ETC, another SSF initiative, supports those delivering sport and physical activity to young people across Scotland. Thanks to a partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College, these ETC modules now sit on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), allowing learners to gain formal accreditation for their participation in the workshops. The Shell Twilight staff were some of the first participants to complete the newly SCQF-accredited versions of the ETC modules.

One volunteer coach commented; “The weekend has been really useful to take the skills learned from the range of modules back to not only my Twilight session but my other work in the community”

The Shell Twilight Basketball programme itself is designed to be an open, inclusive and positive environment for young people, where personal development is supported through structured sports activity, educational inputs, role modelling, and peer rapport. The setting and programme of activity provide young people with the opportunity to develop skills, confidence and a sense of acceptance that they may struggle to find in more traditional settings. Twilight has a long track record of attracting excluded young people and supporting them into positive destinations.

Following the weekend, not only are the group more confident in their roles, it is clear they are passionate about making a difference in young people’s lives, and excited to take what they have learned back to their Shell Twilight Basketball sessions.

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

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 – 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 –

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


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.

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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.”

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