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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 – http://www.therobertsontrust.org.uk/innovation-and-learning/publications/sport-for-change-overview. 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 – http://etcashback.org.uk/

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

SSF

Shell Twilight helps with Wheelchair Basketball

Saturday was a fabulous culmination of a lot of organising from @basketballscotland at The Peak gym in Stirling.  The Shell Twilight Ambassadors helped support the event which saw wheelchair basketball players from across Scotland.  Thanks to @BBCCiN @CashBackScot @Shell_society for their support in making it happen

 

Refuweegee – How you can help!

Refuweegee is a community-led charity set up to ensure that all refugees arriving in Glasgow are welcomed to the city in true Glaswegian style.

Their aim is to provide every Refuweegee who arrives in the city with a community built welcome pack. Each pack will contain three categories of items; essentials, Glasgow welcome and ‘letters from the locals’ and as a result of the final category, each pack will be completely individual.

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‘Letters from the locals’ are the heart and soul of the packs. These can be in the form of postcards, letters or post it notes, as long as the words are welcoming and kind then it’s what they’re looking for. These letters could also be used to advertise the programmes and free activities your organisation can offer to them.

Help Refuweegee to make sure that upon arrival in Glasgow people are left in no doubt as to their acceptance, their safety and their future. Write your letter today and drop it into any Oxfam store in Glasgow where you will find a Refuweegee drop box or post it to; Refuweegee, PO Box 7639, GLASGOW, G42 2HD.

Visit https://refuweegee.co.uk for more information.

StreetGames Fit & Fed Campaign – Get involved!

StreetGames are asking organisations from across Scotland and the wider UK to join in their Fit and Fed campaign.

Fit & Fed aims to tackle 3 main things that impact on our children and families who are most in need during school holiday periods: holiday hunger, isolation, and inactivity.  Research shows that 60% of families with an annual income of £25,000 can’t always afford food during the holidays, and families on less than £15,000 report a ‘constant struggle’.

StreetGames Scotland manager Ian Crawford said ‘School holidays are supposed to be a fun time of the year, but for a generation of children from low income families growing up in Scotland it isn’t. Children are isolated because there is no free activity programmes on offer, and they are at risk of going hungry because there are no free school meals’.

StreetGames are in the process of creating a Glasgow Fit & Fed HUB which aims to tackle this issue by bringing together a range of organisations including local community organisations, academics, retailers, businesses, food charities and community food providers.

Organisations that join the campaign are offered a range of support including fundraising support, free training and networking opportunities.

Anyone interested in joining the campaign should contact Ian Crawford on ian.crawford@streetgames.org or call 07930816040.

SSF KiltWalk Selfie Competition Winner – Elaine McCulloch

Congratulations Elaine!

For the KiltWalk Glasgow 2015 we held a selfie competition asking all involved on the day to send us their best selfie to be in with the change of winning a Courtside Box at a Glasgow Rocks Pro Basketball game for the 2015/16 season held at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow PLUS a meet and greet with the team and photo opportunity simply.

We had many amazing entries on the day which you can see on our Facebook page, after careful consideration Glasgow Rocks Player-Coach, Sterling Davis and General Manager, Daniel Bajwoluk selected Elaine McCulloch’s entry.

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“Judging the twitter competition was a great deal of fun for us here at Glasgow Rocks headquarters – there were some great selfies that were put forward. We decided on Elaine McCulloch’s pic as we loved the family aspect of the shot. Going to the basketball is a brilliant family day out and we pride ourselves on entertaining the entire family on game days. We hope that Elaine McCulloch and her family enjoy their corporate box treatment at a Rocks game next season. Rock on!” – Glasgow Rocks General Manager, Daniel Bajwoluk

Glasgow Rocks Tickets for all entries!

If you remember there was a 2nd and 3rd best selfie prize of tickets to a Glasgow Rocks game next season, but Glasgow Rocks were so impressed with the entries that everyone will be receiving tickets.

We will be in touch with all winners this week, well done to all and thank you for getting involved and supporting Scottish Sports Futures.

For all the latest follow us on Twitter @SSS_2000 and like us on Facebook

We did it! #TeamSSF conquered the KiltWalk Glasgow 2015!

‘Rain, wind, sunshine, hail stones, rainbows, tears, laughter, singing, dancing, Kilties, blethering, blisters, proposals, pride, achievement, inspiration, charities, pitstops, music’ – @theKiltWalk

What a day was had, we’ve just about recovered. Over 5000 people walked the KiltWalk from Hampden Park to Balloch on  Sunday 12 April, and #TeamSSF were there to experience all of the above!

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Active Champions from our Active East programme, SSF staff, partners F.A.R.E, friends and family all walked for #TeamSSF. We can proudly say that all those that walked for #TeamSSF completed the 26 mile challenge, and a challenge it was. All walkers had difficulties in some form or another, whether it be blisters at mile 6 or aches and pains as the end came closer #TeamSSF all rallied together with the enthusiasm and motivation to make sure everyone passed the finish line.

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As well as having each other, we had the support and encouragement of all KiltWalkers and the amazing pit stops along the way that provided walkers with much needed drinks, snacks, entertainment and of course first aid for those blisters.

We also hosted the half way pit stop at Clydebank where the Half Walk began. With a range of very talented performers and activities the Scottish Sports Futures pit stop kept walkers motivated and energised with upbeat and inspiring performances.

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We would like to say a huge thank you to the KiltWalk who put on such an amazing event that continues to go from strength to strength raising money for children’s charities across Scotland. The event was meticulously organised, from signing-up to the challenge to getting across the finish line on Sunday everything was covered, we were supported every step of the way.

SSF will be involved in the Edinburgh and Aberdeen KiltWalk’s coming up very soon and will keep you all posted on how you can get involved and support.

A big thank you to all of those that made this all possible for #TeamSSF, we certainly couldn’t have does this with out you:

Walkers

Pit stop Volunteers

Sponsors

Performers

YMCA Tollcross
Godytronik and Krane
Scotia
Dance Generation
Nicole McCurry
The Clutha Trust
The Hammerin’ Tongs
WOW Global Studios/Creative Entertainment in conjunction with Next Step Initiative
Jerry Boweh
Chayniq
Tigresa
Justice John
R Pizy
Amore
SeeJay

Compere

ABCi Media in conjuction with Next Step Initiative
Chioma Obianinwa

T-shirts, Banners and Ballons

Ian Robertson Sports Agency
Introscan Ltd
Air Candy Balloons

 

Amazing half-way Pit Stop performers supporting SSF at The KiltWalk

We want to let you all know more about some of the exciting performers and supporters of Scottish Sports Futures at this years KiltWalk in Glasgow. As well as walking the KiltWalk we hosted the half-way pit stop in Clydebank.

With an amazing line up of performers to motivate and entertain walkers see below for more info on the talented supporters of #TeamSSF. This includes Scotia, Dance Generation and the amazing compere on the day Chioma Ifeanyi Obianinwa.

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Scotia is a new original rock band that also play some Indian rock music. Kenny Andrew is lead singer, Mark Morrison is lead guitarist, Stuart Jamieson bass player, Keith Jones Keyboard player, Zak Law drummer and Dharam Singh congo player.

DANCE GENERATION

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Dance Generation was created by Nicole McCurry who wanted to support other young people to access dance classes but where put off by financial or geographical barriers.  Nicole have developed Dance Generation into a social enterprise over the last 18 months and is one of the most popular dance schools in the east end of Glasgow. 

Keep fit and active and learn new skills with our dance classes every Friday in urban, modern and tap for ages 8-14, all levels and abilities welcome from beginner to intermediate.

CHIOMA IFEANYI OBIANINWA

File0236Chioma Ifeanyi- Obianinwa (CIO) is a seasoned award-winning international Broadcaster with a decade experience in the Broadcasting industry. She is a multi-talented individual working as a Newscaster presenter, Reporter producer, marketer in several media houses in Nigeria and currently Africa Broadcasting company international (ABCi) Television and radio in the United kingdom where she is freelancing.

Her Professionalism in News presentation won her the Nigerian newscaster of the year award in December 2013.

Chioma has covered some high profile events such as the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games for ABCi Television and 2015 Caribbean Questions Time at Westminster.

She is the Host of the live current affairs show on ABCi radio airing 10am-12noon GMT weekdays www.abci.media

WOW GLOBAL STUDIOS artists to perform at SSF KiltWalk pit stop

We will be hosting the half-way Pit Stop at this years Glasgow KiltWalk at Clydebank, Sunday 12 April 2015, where thousands of walkers will pass through and also start their walks. As such we have put together a fun range of entertainment and activities for all to enjoy.

An amazing mix of performers from WOW GLOBAL STUDIOS in conjunction with the NEXT STEP INITIATIVE, will be performing on the #TeamSSF stage at the Clydebank pit stop during the KiltWalk. We are very excited to have such an eclectic group of artists support us and keep the KiltWalk crowd entertained and motivated during the half-way milestone of the walk. A big thank you goes out from all of #TeamSSF to all the artists from WOW GLOBAL STUDIOS.

Find out more about the talented artists performing below…

Jerry (Zuba Bassabeat)

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BEST AFRICAN ALBUM JPF AWARDS Jerry (Zuba Bassabeat) is an international collective producing a heady upbeat crossover mix of West African folk, Latin rhythms, contrapuntal guitar and melodic vocals. Original Vibes of Afro-pop from the heart of Liberia to UK Scotland. The latest take on Afro-Celtic music comes from straight outta Glasgow. Really more Afro led by Liberian singer Jerry Boweh. The Shimmering guitars, soaring vocals, and positive messages combine a toe-tapping danceable multicultural masala with elements of Afro-pop (ala Youssou N’Dour, Angelique Kidjo, Salif Keita), jazz, jam band, and rock.

Their lyrical messages echo the upbeat music, and unified in a time of chaos to the celebration. But Zuba doesn’t turn a blind eye to trouble: “Tomayziyi” is a plea against war in Liberia and across the globe, and also contains an amazingly infectious guitar riff. “Come and join the celebration; Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” As good as this album is, one gets the impression that the full Zuba, Bassa Beat experience is available only at live concerts. So see Zuba, Bassa Beat if you can, or buy their CD for a taste of their feel-good Bassa Beat sound.

CHAYNIQ

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UP COMING SCOTTISH TWINS

Chayniq are a Scottish R&B, Pop duo consisting of singer/songwriter sisters Ayse and Carneh Watson. From an early age they have dedicated their lives to music and dance. When the girls were only 9 years old they featured in Scotland’s leading newspapers with the spotlight on them as they appeared alongside the stars of the West End. The following years saw them perform in Scotland’s top theatres. Here now, they are working with Cre8tive Entertainment in conjunction with WOW GLOBAL STUDIOS.

For updates please visit; CHAYNIQ on facebook or for downloads visit the apple store

TIGRESA

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ARTIST NAME: PAULINA MARIA ROSALES RODRIGUEZ

ARTIST STAGE NAME: TIGRESA

ARTIST SONGS: OUR BUSINESS, DEAR LOVE, WE DO IT WELL

ARTIST SKILLS: MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS (PIANO, GUITAR), SONG WRITING, SINGING, DANCING, MODELLING

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF PERSONALITY: CRAZY, POSITIVE, HYPER, VIBRANT, ENERGETIC, NATURE LOVER, SPIRITUAL

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE/ WORK IN CREATIVE ENTERTAINMENT: MODELLING FOR AGENCIES, DANCING IN MUSIC VIDEOS, SINGING/PLAYING THE PIANO PERFORMANCES, TV APPEARACES, RADIO BROADCASTER, THEATRE PERFORMANCES

HOBBIES: BASKETBALL, TENNIS, MAKING JEWELLERY

R.PIZY

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ARTIST NAME: PATRICK IYKE (EKWEALOR)

ARTIST STAGE NAME: R.PIZY

ARTIST SONGS: RINGTONE, ATANDA, SWEET POTATO.

ARTIST SKILLS: SONG WRITING, ACTING, PIANO, COMPOSING, RAPPING, MUSIC PRODUCTION, LIVE PERFORMANCES.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF PERSONALITY: POSITIVE, OPTIMISTIC, FOCUSED, MUSIC LOVING.

R.PIZY is an R’nB  and Afro pop star who has collaborated with lots of pop artists including BOYHOOD MUSIC GROUP (S.C.A.M: SEE.CREATE.ACHIEVE.MOTIVATE) PREVIOUS THEATRE EXPERIENCE WITH JOYFUL FAMILY THEATRE GROUP, PERFORMANCES IN MAJOR SHOWS (DAVIDO, BASKETMOUTH, INYANYA ETC) WITH RB ENTERTAINMENT. COLLABORATIVE WORKS WITH WIZBOY AND DJ CIZLE. ALSO ACTING EXPERIENCE WITH CREATIVE ENTERTAINMENT BASED IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND. UNDERGROUND RAP MIXTAPE AS A DUO (JUMPMAN).

HOBBIES: MUSIC, FOOTBALL, DANCING, MUSIC WRITING AND PRODUCTION, MOVIES, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

AMORE

Amore

ARTIST SONGS: SHAKARA SHUT IT DOWN

ARTIST SKILLS:

Skills!?!  What skills oh Skills okay where to start… Listen to my tunes and experience how Shakara ‘Shuts it down. My versatile music is communicated in a sexy sassy and boom-ting voice oh yee… don’t forget my creativity is exuberated in the lyrics that not only grip your imagination but will demand your undivided attention in more than one language…… what I offer to this music industry is and will always be organically organised, pre-meditated and  patiently aligned only to be realigned before it is finally stream lined with a sense of open mindedness so that by the time my fans receive the final piece.. They will certainly accept and appreciate them sound biting vocally exhilarating music self made by self- disciplined Shakara.

PREVIOUS MUSICAL EXPERIENCE/ WORK PORTFOLIO: I am a born artist and just on my way to realise my potential. Now that I am signed by WOW productions with five songs on my back, time will only tell how far I’m ready to fly.

HOBBIES: Love from my fans as I entice them with this sweet voice of mine in singing and how they applaud my dancing moves…

I am studying social work at the University of Central Lancashire. I have worked in Aintree University hospital in Liverpool since 2011 till 2014 as a Health care assistant. I love helping people when they are in need. Doing social work has equipped with a variety of skills which can be reflected in my music namely patience, awareness, versatility, sensitivity to other peoples cultures, and confidence to name just a few. I am now at a stage in my life where I feel that all the inter/ intra professional skills developed are intertwiningly nurturing me both as an upcoming music artist and a future social care worker.  This can be envisaged in my ability to handle, talk or sing in front of big audience.

JUSTICE JOHN

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Justice John is a young Entrepreneur within the Creative Industry, he is a Professional Creative Director, Cinematographer, Video Editor/Colorist, Visual Fx Artist, Screenwriter and also Sings/Rap and Write his own Songs. He moved to the UK in 2006 with his family. In addition to his music career he took interest in making Films and Music Video’s, he taught himself visual fx and studied TV, Film and Photography in Cardonald College in Glasgow followed by 3D Animation at Edinburgh College which he has gained a lot of knowledge over the years as he wrote, directed and produced music video’s for upcoming artist in and outside UK. He successfully finished writing his first feature comedy film “MILO” which is under shoot and set to be premiered in summer 2015 which also sets the Album release which he created for the film. He can be reached through iamjusticejohn@gmail.com

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace – 6 April 2015

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Due to its vast reach, unparalleled popularity and foundation of positive values, sport is ideally positioned to contribute towards the United Nations’ objectives for development and peace. To raise awareness of this potential, 6 April was declared as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) by the UN General Assembly. The adoption of this Day signifies the increasing recognition by the United Nations of the positive influence that sport can have on the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development.

This is a day for organisations around the world to highlight how they are using sport to make a difference, and Scottish Sports Futures will be doing just that by joining Sport SEN to put a spotlight on the incredible impact our programmes are making in communities across Scotland.

“Use the power of sport to inspire young people and empower them to make positive lifestyle choices”

SSF was established in 2000 and over the last 15 years it has created a successful and well respected “Sport for Development” model that supports young people from early interventions right through to training and employment.

The developmental value of sport and physical activity is something that is at the heart of all the programmes we deliver at SSF, creating lasting impacts on communities across Scotland. During IDSDP we will be sharing with the world the successes of our programmes with pictures, video’s and case studies released through our social media channels, telling the story of how we have made a difference by engaging communities in sport and physical activity.

Follow us on Twitter @SSF_2000 and ‘like’ us on Facebook for all the latest!

Legacy Week at Scottish Sports Futures

Happy Commonwealth Day! This day marks the beginning of Legacy Week, the first since the Games last summer; an opportunity for all involved to reflect on what has been achieved and what is still to come!

At Scottish Sports Futures, we have fully embraced this opportunity to celebrate, with a week of activity that will highlight the legacy of the Commonwealth Games, shining a spotlight on our Legacy programmes that are improving lives across Scotland and in Glasgow.

“We planned early, we have programmes in place, and people are benefiting now”

This key message of Legacy Week particularly resonates with the legacy programmes we have developed at SSF, which have been in place prior to the games and continue to make an impact.

To kick things off Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, Jamie Hepburn MSP will be visiting Scottish Sports Futures Legacy Programme Active East today to hear about the award winning programme and meet some of the inspirational young volunteers who have benefitted from the games being in their local community.

Today we will also launch Scottish Sports Futures Top Moments of Glasgow2014 shared by SSF staff, board members, partners and young people engaged in our programmes. These will be revealed throughout the week here on our website and on our twitter and facebook.

There will be lots of interesting blogs and memories shared as well as activities taking place at SSF during Legacy Week so don’t miss a moment, go follow us at @SSF_2000

To find out more about Scottish Sports Futures and our Legacy Programmes check out the programme pages on our website.

#Legacy2014 #SSF