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ETC – North Lanarkshire

ETC coordinator Kylie is working with local delivery partners to track progress of recipients of ETC training and exploring how this supports with individual personal development. Within North Lanarkshire, delivery of the package of ETC courses has been aimed at young people aged 16 – 23; the group contains a mixture of club leaders, senior pupils and sports Ambassadors. They all have some experience in the delivery of sports sessions and are supported by course organisers to put skills learned in training into practice with volunteering and coaching placements.
20 young people completed 5 modules over 2 months, course organiser Rich Harris, Active Schools Coordinator and Graeme Clee, Senior Sport Development Officer provided this case study on one of the course participants. Sean is 17 years old and a 6th year pupil at Chryston High School in North Lanarkshire. Sean has been working with his Active Schools Coordinator for 2 years now and has been developing his leadership and coaching skills. Sean committed to working towards achieving a place at College to study an Advanced Certificate in Outdoor Leadership in December 2015 and utilised the ETC programme to help him to continue to develop as a coach.

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Sean attended a series of ETC workshops held in St Maurice’s Community Sport Hub from January to March 2016. Sean found that taking part in the programme helped him to develop his coaching style and in particular how to connect with the young people in his sessions. By going through the programme alongside his school sports leadership programme Sean has grown in confidence and has been able to take on more leadership roles within his volunteering. Sean feels that his coaching style is more positive, uses more effective feedback and that he has a broader knowledge of coaching. This has resulted in his sessions being more active and engaging.
Sean has volunteered within his high school and local primaries to put the skills from the programme into action. Sean’s commitment to his volunteering has resulting in him being shortlisted for the North Lanarkshire Leisure “Young Volunteer of the Year” award.

Sean now has a confirmed space at West Highland College UHI in starting September 2016. Overall Sean feels that this was a very worthwhile programme and wouldn’t hesitate to encourage his peers take part in the future

Sean’s journey through ETC training shows the true value of the progamme and how much it can assist a  young person on their future goals and achievements.

ETC and PCS Descriptor Document

Sportscotland, Winning Scotland Foundation and Scottish Sports Futures have completed a mapping exercise and have concluded:
PCS and ETC are complimentary programmes with very different aims, PCS works towards a change in attitude and behaviour with coaches, teachers, parents, club leaders and young people. ETC looks to develop and up-skill a range of deliverers working using physical activity within a variety of settings.

Please click here to view the descriptor document.

Judo Girls Rock 2016 #WSW16

Timing is everything and as we celebrate Women’s Sport Week 2016 3rd – 7th October we are also launching year 2 of our Girls Judo programme, delivered in partnership with Youth Scotland and Judo Scotland. Following on from the immense success of Judo Girls Rock in 2015, the multi-award winning programme returns this autumn for what is set to be a bigger and better second year.

The West of Scotland based programme, is designed to engage young females, a group at high risk of inactivity, through a fun female only 20 week judo youth work programme. Research has highlighted that only 41% of girls aged 13-15 in Scotland meet the target of an hour’s physical activity a day. The sessions, developed from an award winning pilot from our legacy programme Active East, focus on physical movement similar to dance, introducing judo gradually to maximise engagement.

Building on our knowledge of combining youth work practice and sporting activity the Girl’s programme will develop female coaches and volunteers, as well as increasing female participation in Judo. Young leaders and youth workers will be supported with a programme of training as well as bespoke inputs based on what young people have told us what would like to learn more about such as such as smoking, body image, first aid and goal setting.

Seventeen year old, Summer Cranney, who started her coaching pathway with Judo Girls Rock, last year won this year’s prestigious JudoScotland Young Coach of the Year, cementing Judo Girls Rock in the wider Judo-in-Scotland community.

If you would like to get involved in the Female Participation Judo Programme, please contact or call the JudoScotland Development Team on 0131 333 2981. Join in the conversation on Twitter with #JudoGirlsRock.

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Book your SSF Awards Night now- 30th November 2016.

Scottish Sports Futures Awards at the Marriott Hotel, Glastgow on 3.12.15 Picture Copyright: Iain McLean, 79 Earlspark Avenue, Glasgow G43 2HE 07901 604 365 All Rights Reserved No Syndication


Scottish Sports Futures are delighted to be hosting our second Awards Night celebrating the achievements of young people from across Scotland on St Andrews night, 30th November at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow.


Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) is a charity Changing Lives through sport and over the last 16 years we have been working 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 are delighted to invite you to attend our inspirational awards night on St Andrews Night 30th November at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow.


Tickets cost £35 per person or £350 for a table of 10. To book your place please complete the attached form and return it to


Please note this is a one of a kind night, planned by young people for young people. Expect not only celebration of incredible young folk but also a creative, fun, memorable night that you absolutely do not want to miss out on!


Winner of the 2015 Coach of the Year Award Precious James Miene sums this up when he said: “Volunteering with twilight has literally change my life it’s given me a purpose and a drive to make an impact in people’s life for the better would not change it for the world and I can never thank them enough for the chance of put a smile on someone else’s.” (pic of precious attached to go with it)


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To ensure a youth led, spectacular red carpet event our Awards Committee is comprised of young people and community partners.  The committee will take the lead on all planning and decision making.  Ten awards will include 5 Active East specific and 5 SSF wide categories on the evening.


Book your ticket now.

Shell Host Fifth Consecutive Shell Twilight Basketball ‘Northern Tournament’

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On Saturday 27th of August, over 70 young people from across the North of Scotland and Stirling attended Shell’s Woodbank House for a thrilling day of competition and fun on and off the basketball court. All 9 teams demonstrated exhilarating basketball on display right to the end. Scottish Sports Futures Shell Twilight basketball groups from Dingwall, Nairn, Aviemore, Aberdeen and Stirling comprised the ‘Northern Tournament 2016’.

Aberdeen’s Torry session dominated in two age categories taking gold and the trophy in the under 18 and under 21 finals. Stirling were very close to taking the gold in the under 18 finals but claimed silver medals for the under 18 age group and won gold in the under 16 age group. Nairn’s team left with silver medals for the under 16 category and Dingwall were awarded with the “Spirit of the Tournament” trophy for their fantastic attitude and sportsmanship.

This is the fifth time the tournament has run as additional activity to the normal evening diversionary sessions and the fifth time title sponsors, Shell have hosted the event. The FREE programme, supported by Shell, 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 were represented on the day by their Communications & Social Performance Advisor, John Raine who 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”.

Alongside our team prizes, individual “Rising Star Awards” were presented to Evie Gallagher from Stirling and Louis Rae from Dingwall for best representing Shell Twilight Basketball. They were both enthusiastic throughout the day and great role models for sport and physical activity.

The unsung heroes of the event, were the Shell Twilight Basketball Ambassadors. This programme, funded by BBC Children in Need, gives young people the opportunity to represent Shell Twilight Basketball and are provided with support to learn new skills and gain formal qualifications. The tournament served as a great opportunity to provide six of our newly appointed ambassadors from across Scotland, with new skills and volunteering experience.

One of the ambassadors, Vincent Malapira said:

“It was an amazing experience! I lead two sessions of educational time outs with my friend Jordyn and another two with Greg who are both Shell Twilight Basketball ambassadors just like myself. I also did scoreboard officials, showed the excited basketball players from their bus to the building where they were playing and more. Helping out and being part of a tournament where lots of people had a great time was hugely enjoyable.”

Alongside our ambassadors, Shell provided great volunteers for the event who had a huge impact on the young people and presented them with their medals and trophies during the award ceremony. A representative from Portlethen Panthers (Basketball Scotland) also spoke to members of staff and participants about the opportunities available to them at the club and how to get involved.

The Shell Twilight Basketball programme is supported by Title Sponsors, Shell and the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities.

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

SSF Charity NET giant support from Sainsbury’s Partick


6’10 Olympian and Glasgow Rocks pro-basketball star Kieron Achara will be part of the celebrations this weekend to launch a new partnership between Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) and Sainsbury’s Partick.  After winning a public vote the “sport for change” charity have become the West End supermarkets Local Charity of the Year.


Kieron is just one of the players from the Glasgow Rocks who help deliver the charities programmes and he will be making a guest appearance at the Sainsbury’s Partick store on Friday 5th August between 2-4pm to mark the start of a “fun” fundraising weekend and year-long partnership between SSF and Sainsbury’s Partick.


Angela Gregory, Finance Manager, from SSF “We are so excited about this new relationship with Sainsbury’s Partick, and encourage everyone to come out and see us over the weekend.  Starting on Friday we will have shoot the hoop basketball game, a selfie station and prizes to be won.  If you are in the area please come in and say hello to our wonderful staff and volunteers and get a picture with basketball superstar Kieron.”saisburys


A partnership with the giant retailer will support the work of SSF, a charity who use the power of sport to inspire young people to make positive lifestyle choices.  Targeted at communities that are vulnerable or at risk our programmes use sport as the platform to empower participants to lead safe, healthy active lives.


“SSF are thrilled to be Sainsbury’s Partick Local Charity of the Year.  Support from an organisation like Sainsbury’s and the general public, who have voted, reinforces the importance of the work we do and will widen the opportunities we can offer some of Scotland’s most vulnerable young people.  We are looking forward to working in partnership with the Partick staff team and coming up with some inspiring and creative fundraising ideas that get everyone involved locally.” Ian Reid, OBE, Chief Executive Scottish Sports Futures.


Bringing together sport and youth work principles SSF maximise the personal and social development potential of physical activity.  SSF last year worked with over 12,000 young people across 7 delivery programmes (Jump2it, Active East, Education through CashBack, MEND, Shell Twilight Basketball, Rocks Community Clubs, Girls Judo).  We introduce sporting role models, deliver health & wellbeing topics, develop young leaders, tackle childhood obesity, divert from anti-social behaviour, and promote the benefits of volunteering.  Participant outcomes include being active, completing training, youth volunteering, increased confidence, health improvement, engaging with further education and securing employment.


“SSF has changed my life through volunteering. It’s given me purpose and drive.” SSF young volunteer.

Sainsbury’s Partick Store Manager, Jonathan Mason “We just want to say congratulations to Scottish Sports Futures, its great to be working with a new Charity this year.  All the staff are excited about the partnership and are looking forward to a fantastic year ahead”.



Over the next 12 months Sainsbury’s Partick, its staff and customers will be fundraising and raising awareness of the work of Scottish Sports Futures.  Customers will see information displayed in store and on social media.  For more information on how to get involved in some of the local activities or to find out more about the charity visit

Glasgow Kiltwalk 2016

Over 4,000 people of all different ages walked on the 24th April to raise money for so many incredible charities. The walkers left Hampden at 9am with the route mapped out all the way along the Clyde to finish in the very scenic Loch Lomond. The walkers were of all ages from tiny toddlers to the elderly supporting each other all along the way. To make each route manageable and more enjoyable there were pipers, pit stops with water and snacks and live music throughout the event.

What makes this event stand out from previous Kiltwalk’s is that 100% of each donation goes directly to your chosen children’s charity to help them fund the vital work they do.

The amazing ‘Kilties’ volunteers supported all walkers on the way round, whether it was cheering everyone on their way, asking for a high five or giving some much needed motivation they were on hand through the day.
In total 79 people walked for Scottish Sports Futures. This total was divided as follows – 11 walkers for the 26 mile Mighty Stride, 15 walkers for the 13 mile Big Stroll and 53 walkers for the 6 mile Wee Wander. This total included SSF staff, their families and friends, Active Champions along with their family and friends, and MEND participants and their families and friends.

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As this was my first Kiltwalk I decided the best walk to do would be the 6 mile ‘Wee Wander’ and who better to do it with than my Mum! Although we had chosen the shortest route, for myself and my mum this would be a massive challenge as this is not a walk we would do on a daily or weekly basis. Between myself and my Mum and Dad we have three Labradors so there was no excuse for not going out for practice walks.

We couldn’t have asked for a better day weather-wise, it was sunny and clear for most of the day. It was great to see so many SSF walkers there ready to start the Wee Wander. The energy was electric at the start of the event with many a cheer and warm up routine….and we were off. The Wee Wander was very scenic with the main part of the walk being through Balloch Country Park. We split off in to smaller groups and headed off. I must give my Dad a shout out as he ended up walking 4 miles with me and my Mum, absolute number 1 cheerleader! Next year we will be signing him up for the event as he was a bit of a pro at it!
Everywhere we walked you could see so many SSF t-shirts, along with bright orange balloons and water bottles. It was incredible to see so many different charities walking at the event – some I had not heard of before. To be in the one place with so many people walking for so many different causes but with the same goal to raise as much money as possible to allow these charities to continue with the incredible work they do.
Everyone walking has a story of why they are walking at the Kiltwalk event some will be walking for the children who were taken too soon, others will walk for children who are still fighting serious conditions and illnesses and others will be walking to change lives of young people giving them the best opportunities possible who need help the most. From speaking to people participating in the Kiltwalk People who take part in this event are not assuming that help or funds are going to be available, so they are using their own initiative to help the most vulnerable young people by raising as much money as they possibly can.
In total myself and my Mum raised £485 including Gift Aid. We had a target to raise £200 so were completely overwhelmed to more than double our target! We are very grateful to family and friends for their amazing donations!
Life really is so precious and if you can help to make a difference in young people’s lives by raising funds for their associated charity then every mile walked is worth it!
Bring on the 2017 Kiltwalk…who knows I might even take the next step and walk 13 miles!!!!!

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Glasgow Eagles Reap The Rewards Of Partnership With Scottish Sports Futures



Earlier in the year Glasgow Eagles Basketball Club enjoyed implementing a new three hour basketball session at Knightswood Secondary after a successful transition from diversionary basketball programme Shell Twilight Basketball.

The Shell Twilight initiative runs at 14 other locations across Scotland and have over 250 young people attending the free sessions every Friday night. The programme, which is designed to give young people a Friday night alternative while providing ‘educational timeouts’ to encourage positive lifestyle decisions. In addition, the young people are also supported into training, volunteering and employment.

Megan Cuthbertson has been involved as a coach at the Knightswood class for 7 years and has supported the session on a voluntary basis for the majority of this time. Megan commented:

“It has been a great diverse group of players to work with who are all from different backgrounds & with a broad range of skill levels. It has always been a very energetic session and has proven to be a great support network for all involved. Lots of players have improved in confidence & I am excited to see how they progress as part of the Glasgow Eagles club”

The movement from diversionary activity into a session run by a local club is fantastic for the sustainability and the opportunities for the young people. This transition into the hands of existing local provision is the first of its kind. Alec Watt, Glasgow Eagles Chairman says “We are ecstatic with this new opportunity ,  the acquisition of so many young,  enthusiastic , talented and accomplished young people who if they desire can become part of Glasgow Eagles Basketball Club in future  and  its ongoing development with basketballscotland.”

As part of the partnership between Scottish Sports Futures and basketballscotland, all participants were offered the opportunity to get free basketball coaching qualifications which further contributes to the sustainability of the transition.

Shell Twilight Basketball is also supported by title sponsors Shell, Children in Need 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.

Peter Tasker, the Club Development Coordinator for Scottish Sports Futures said:

“This has been a great opportunity for the young people, and it gives sustainability into the session which was funded by Cashback for Communities. The Eagles have been great in the transition and Megan has continued to volunteer throughout this period. Scottish Sports Futures helped participants get their coaching qualifications, which means that these young people now have the opportunity to take ownership in the new session”.

Children celebrate the Jump2it impact in Inverclyde

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After successful delivery of the Jump2it primary school programme in Inverclyde, Jump2it and Active Schools combined to create free and sustainable basketball provision in the area in Inverclyde’s first-ever Rocks Community Club.

Jump2it use sporting role models to deliver important messages about living a healthy lifestyle and seven primary schools in the Inverclyde Area received the programme. Jump2it created great local partnerships with No Knives Better Lives, Inverclyde Police and Active Schools. In coordination with these partners, every school received the new Jump2it module about the dangers of knife crime, mixed with a choice from five other educational modules.

All educational messages are then reinforced throughout the rest of the programme which includes basketball coaching, a basketball tournament, and the chance to meet the Glasgow Rocks professional basketball players who delivered the messages in the schools.Inverclyde 2

As part of the sustainability of the Jump2it programme, a free basketball class was created at Notre Dame high school in Greenock which was run by local volunteer coaches. After a successful block of classes which 18 children enjoyed, Active Schools have invited Jump2it back to Inverclyde to host a full year of free basketball provision through the Rocks Community Clubs. These participants will also be given opportunities for free access to the Glasgow Rocks games, will have hours of dedicated staff teaching them, and will be guaranteed to play at two tournaments at the Emirates where they can meet the Glasgow Rocks!

For more info about the Rocks Community Clubs or find out if you can get a session in your area, please contact or phone Peter Tasker at 0141 218 4640.


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