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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 – 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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Girls only slam dunking tournament 

Initial findings from the Active Women project published by Sport England suggest the key to successful recruitment of women into physical activity is to base it on fun while addressing common concerns, such as self-consciousness about fitness, weight or sporting ability.

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) Shell Twilight Basketball programme have successfully recruited girls and young women through; having public launch events, where women and girls can meet coaches and see what an activity session looks like. They are offered personal follow-up from coaches and a dedicated Youth Development Coordinator. By encouraging existing participants to bring a friend and ongoing promotion across communities, using a variety of media with female friendly publicity all designed by girls involved in the programme.

On Saturday, girls from across Scotland arrived at Woodbank House in Aberdeen to tip off the first ever Shell Twilight Basketball Girls Tournament. The day comprised of thrilling basketball games and fun activities surrounding body image and self-esteem. The event provided a really positive environment for young girls to feel confident participating in sport, discussing their opinions around difficult topics and meeting other girls who share the same interests as they do.

Shell Twilight Basketball’s Programme Coordinator, Martyn Horsfield said; “It was fantastic to see so many girls interested and taking part in every element of the tournament. A lot of work went into making this tournament a success and the majority of that was taken on by our Shell Twilight Basketball Ambassadors. The Tournament could not have taken place without their brilliant attitude and hours of volunteering. They made it possible to offer the girls this opportunity and it’s clear that both the ambassadors and the girls participating, got a lot out of it.”

Shell’s 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 work with Scottish Sports Futures, the Scottish Government and The Glasgow Rocks in delivering this programme”.

Amy who travelled to the event from Glasgow said: “It was great because the girls only games give us more confidence to become involved in mixed tournaments and games”

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 as well as Children in Need.

For more information on Shell Twilight Basketball and all Scottish Sports Futures activity please visit our website

Blog from our new Chair, Maureen McGonigle

It is always a challenge finding enough money to keep an organisation thriving and in many cases the more success you have as an organisation, the more money it costs you.  So one of the ideas is to appeal to the great Scottish public to support an awards dinner and if you’re lucky get a top speaker along who will ensure your tickets sales go through the roof.

This was the case last week as Street Soccer Scotland ran their first Gala Dinner in Glasgow with a line-up you couldn’t ignore!  The star attraction was Sir Alex Ferguson and he was interviewed on stage by Hazel Irvine, the well-loved sports journalist, who has risen through the ranks of TV broadcasting to become one of the UK’s most knowledgeable presenters.  Adding to the night was the Liverpudlian comedian John Bishop, Scotland’s Gary Tank Commander, Stevie McCrorie previous The Voice winner and Peter Martin, football pundit and broadcaster.

Street Soccer Scotland is a social enterprise which uses football inspired training and personal development as a medium to empower people who are affected by social exclusion, to make positive changes in their lives.  They ultimately believe that sport provides opportunity to participate in life, tackle social exclusion as well as providing an opportunity for real impactful social change.

With over 550 attending the night and with a lot of their own people helping out on the night, Street Soccer raised the amazing sum of £140,000 which I am sure, will go some way to ensuring the good works continues.

Street Soccer Scotland are not alone in using sport as a ‘hook’ to engage with people who have, through no fault of their own, moved away from mainstream education, work and in fact, life.

Scottish Sports Futures, to which I have recently been appointed as chair, engage with young people throughout Scotland to stimulate interest and engage with them at a time in their lives where they have come disengaged from friends, family and any real support systems that they had previously.

SSF use the power of sport to inspire young people to make positive lifestyle choices and with over 70 qualified coaches and 200 volunteers they provide direct delivery and training that maximises the impact of physical activity, bringing youth work and sport together.  This group includes young volunteers, mentors, ambassadors and youth panel members who collectively ensure the needs and desires of Scotland’s youth are at the heart of decision making.

There are a lot of challenges keeping an organisation of this magnitude afloat and Pam Hunter, the Chief Executive, who has recently taken over the role from Ian Reid OBE and founder of SSF, is looking at ways to increase their income stream to ensure a healthy future for the organisation.  If you are interested in hearing more about the work of SSF, either Pam or myself would be happy to meet for a chat and of course, a cuppa!

Disappointing to read about the case with Eni Aluko and the English FA.  Eni Aluko who has been involved in the England set-up from the age of 14, seems now to be out of favour and her career instead of ending on a high, has ended rather sadly with a case of alleged bullying and racism against the current England Manager, Mark Samson, played out in the public domain.  No matter the ins and outs of this situation, this young women must have sacrificed a lot in the early days to play football and represent her country and it is a sad way for her to finish her career.

The Scotland squad themselves have had a few recent announcements of players retiring from the game.  Long standing players, Leanne Ross, Iffy Dieke and Gemma Fay have decided to hang up their international boots.  With over 450 caps between them and a lot of experience, they will be missed.  I believe though it is the right time for them to move on and for Shelley Kerr, the Scotland Manager, to take this opportunity to build her team.  These three players along with many others, have paved the way to ensure that our future stars get a better opportunity in football without having to fight every step of the way.  Good luck to them all.

Callum Campbell-11 months with SSF

During my time with SSF I have had the opportunity to do loads of great stuff including:

Helping fare with the legacy games training. I got the opportunity to go out to 5 different primary schools and deliver training on activities like the long jump and the relay race. On the day of the actual event there was over 1000 young people there the event took place in the emirates and had schools from all over Glasgow taking part. The event was a success and I look forward to helping again at it next year.

I have also been helping coach at Sports tots on a Friday at Crown Point with Budhill Football Club. I have been enjoying it and am currently still doing it from 11 until 12 each week. Billy takes the football side of it and I take the basketball side and get the young people used to basic skills like catching and bouncing a ball.

Before the summer holidays I was also doing a Rocks Community Club (RCC) at the YMCA for Jump2it which was a basketball session for children with learning difficulties I taught them the basics of basketball and then let them play games this session went really well and everyone taking part enjoyed themselves and was interested in learning as much as possible about basketball.

I successfully applied for college and start on the 28th of August to do an NC games and sports course. This is a yearlong course and I hope to move on to the next level after I complete my first year at college. During my year at college I have to go out on work experience for a week and I want to come back to SSF to do my work experience as I will know my in and outs of the organisation.

I have learned a lot during my time with SSF and continue to learn more every day and it has helped me realise that I hope to gain a full time job doing something similar. I will get my qualifications then apply for similar jobs to the role I had at SSF.

First ETC SCQF Course Delivered at Newbattle High School

ETC became SCQF accredited in April 2017 in partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College with modules being accredited at levels 4 and 5. Newbattle High School Sport recreation students were there first group to complete the ETC SCQF version of module 1 – Working with Young People in Sport in June 2017. This was delivered over 2 weeks and was very well received by students. The purpose of the students completing this module was because they are due to visit primary schools in the new term delivering sports sessions on active lifestyles and building self-esteem to primary 7 pupils before their transition to secondary school. WWYPS was the perfect module to be delivered to this group as it would allow them to learn the skills needed to coach, build their own confidence within this role and allow them to understand the how, what and why of what they are doing.ETC Newbattle 3


ETC Newbattle 7

The students completed the SCQF module with great confidence and were a fantastic pilot group for ETC to deliver its first SCQF course too. ETC course tutor Victoria very much enjoyed delivering this course and said “Newbattle High School offers a really welcoming environment. The senior pupils arrived to both sessions full of energy and enthusiasm. Each of them committed to completing the qualification. It was great to see them supporting one another throughout. I’m looking forward to learning more about the next steps in their journey.” Victoria Clark, ETC Tutor
Please see below quotes from a participant on the course and also Bob Foley, Head of Health and Well Being at Newbattle High School;
“We really liked working with Victoria our ETC trainer as she was calm ,informative and taught us loads, and it was fun her not being a Teacher from school. I am feeling confident now to go out to Primaries and work with young pupils.” Samantha S6

“We have been lucky enough to work closely with ETC for 2 years now and I would highly recommend their delivery and tutors as professional and able to make good connections with our pupils, delivering modules that are highly relevant to our senior Sport Rec pupils heading out to deliver Sport lessons to our P7 pupils. They were all nervous to go out to the Primary but the course content and the emphasis on confidence building will help them so much.” Bob Foley, Head of Health and Well Being







Comedy Club to raise funds for SSF

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) is having a charity fundraiser at The Stand Comedy Club on Wednesday, 28th June 2017 to raise money to support the work we do with over 10,000 disadvantaged young people across Scotland annually.

Join us and share a few laughs during the week and help us raise lots of cash for a good cause!

The Stand Comedy Club has been around for many years and is an intimate venue located in the West End of Glasgow which has seen many famous comedians grace its doors over the years including Kevin Bridges, Frankie Boyle, Fred Macaulay and lots more!

Confirmed acts include:-

Headline Act – Chris Forbes from BBC Scotland ‘Scot Squad’

Stuart Mitchell

Kirsty Morrison

Joseph Goss

Billy Kirkwood

There will be a raffle on the night and there is a full cash bar on-site!

Tickets can be purchased on eventbrite for £8 plus £1.04 booking fee per ticketclick here

You can also reserve tickets by calling The Stand 0141 212 3389 and are £8 payable cash on the door.

Sign-up to bring young people to a fun filled Sport4all event!



We are inviting families, organisations and groups across Glasgow to bring  young people along to a fun filled active event for all.

On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July SSF – Active East will be hosting a weekend of sport, physical activity and play opportunities delivered by partners for young people in the North East of Glasgow, taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre!

“sport for all” means making sport accessible to all members of our communities, as a vehicle for integration, empowerment and well-being. It engages everyone to move, play and compete together with people from different backgrounds, ages & abilities. This event will:


  • Be FREE
  • Be fun and exciting
  • Link young people across the East of Glasgow with local opportunities to be active
  • Include an exciting interactive marketplace for families and young people to find out local opportunities
  • Have an under 8’s drop-in Zone
  • Taster sessions for young people aged 8+ including: Boxing, Active play, Gymnastics, Athletics, Judo, Cricket, Basketball and much more!
  • A pool party – at Tollcross after our event on the Sunday 4 – 6pm (please note groups/parents will then be responsible for supervising young people)

Sign up now!

  • Families, organisations and groups are invited to bring along young people aged 8+ on the Saturday and on the Sunday for the full day (9:30-4pm) for the taster sessions
  • Spaces for the full day of taster sessions are allocated on a first come first serve basis
  • Sport4All – Booking Form – please complete this and send over as soon as possible to secure your spaces by Thursday 20th July
  • There will be fun activities for under 8’s who come along to get involved, this is on a drop in basis between 10-12pm and 13:00 and 15.15pm each day

If you have any questions about the event please get in touch at or call 0141 218 4640


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