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NEW SPORTS INITIATIVE AIMS TO SUPPORT YOUNG PEOPLE

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) is to launch two new sports initiatives in West Lothian providing a safe environment for young people to meet, socialise, and learn new skills on Friday evenings.

The charity, which uses the power of sport to inspire young people, is to introduce its Shell Twilight Basketball Programme in Blackburn and Dalkeith following an appeal to find activities to support local young people and keep them occupied, particularly around Bonfire season.

The charity will run their sessions every Friday night, from 6.30pm until 9.00pm at the Blackburn Partnership Centre in Blackburn, and are suitable for both male and female participants.  Sessions for 11 to 13 year olds will run from 6.30pm until 7.45pm; and from 7.45pm until 9.00pm for 14 to 21 year olds.

The Dalkeith sessions will launch on Friday 25th October at Dalkeith High School and will run from 5.00pm until 6.00pm for 11 to 15 year olds and from 6.00pm until 7.00pm for 16 to 21 year olds.  Anyone wishing to attend the free sessions should just turn up on the night at the appropriate time.

The Blackburn Bonfire Night Action Group was established earlier this year to address issues faced in the community around bonfire night.  The team regularly liaise with the Scottish Fire and Rescue service who recommended approaching Scottish Sports Futures.

Lee Clark, Local Authority Liaison Officer for the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service said, “I was made aware of SSF through Police Scotland and having looked at their story and having had a chance to meet the fantastic staff, it’s clear they are a passionate organisation that prides themselves on empowering young people and bringing communities together.”

As well as providing the young people the opportunity to participate in basketball, workshops will provide advice and guidance on a variety of health, wellbeing, and safety initiatives including addiction, bullying and nutrition.

Kirsty McNab, Chief Executive, Scottish Sports Futures added, “Our Twilight programme is a really successful initiative which not only supports young people to make healthy lifestyle choices but it creates an environment which encourages young people to take the lead so they become coaches and reach out to other children in the community who they know would benefit.  In every community where we have launched Twilight we have terrific evidence to show the impact across the community as it’s not just the young people who benefit, families and local citizens also see significant improvements which is a win win situation.”

Shell Twilight Basketball is supported by Shell and the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities fund which takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them in free activities and programmes for young people across Scotland.

Based in Glasgow, Scottish Sports Futures runs a portfolio of programmes across Scotland with each one focused on the different stages of a young person’s development.  Over 200 volunteers support more than 12,000 people each year.

Further information on the sessions are available by contacting Programme Manager, Sean Brady, sean@ssf.org.uk, 0141 218 4640.   www.scottishsportsfutures.org.uk

Vacancy – ETC Programme Manager

The Role

Education Through CashBack (ETC) is a national Scottish Sports Futures programme; developed in partnership with Youth Scotland, that aims to enhance sports coaches, youth workers and volunteers understanding of personal development through sport. 6 of the ETC modules are now SCQF accredited at levels 4 (Communication) and 5 (Working with Young People, Benefits of Physical Activity, Human Connection, Goal Setting and Conflict Resolution)

The ETC Programme Manager will undertake the organisation, marketing, development, quality control, and evaluation of this programme of training.

Scottish Sports Futures, in carrying out its functions as a “sport for change” charity delivering programmes to young people across Scotland, is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, and to ensuring that no individual is discriminated against in the planning and delivery of any activities.

For all post information please see goodmoves:

https://goodmoves.com/vacancy/a4s0n000000d7ndqay-etc-programme-manager

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Sarah Furniss on 0141 218 4640 or sarah@ssf.org.uk, for information on the programme please see http://etcashback.org.uk/

 

Young Glasgow Volunteer Picks Up SportScotland Award on Night of Celebration for Coaches, Officials and Volunteers

A Glasgow teenager’s tireless work in her community has been recognised after she was named sportscotland’s Young Volunteer of the Year.

Chloe Lawson, 17, is the young volunteer youth worker and coach within the Judo Girls Rock programme in the East End of Glasgow.

Every week Chloe welcomes a number of local young girls from the east end into the community centre to take part in judo and workshops. She facilitates all the sessions, plans events and coordinates trips.

The inspirational coach, from Ballieston, has volunteered with Active East for four years and has been the driving force behind her own Judo Girls Rock programme for the last year, ensuring sessions are now thriving after starting with low numbers.

On top of attending school and working, Chloe volunteers every week to help get young girls active and provide a safe place for young people to go. She has expanded her sessions beyond sport, with nights dedicated to helping educate on topics such as online safety, drugs and alcohol and first aid.

Chloe has created fantastic relationships with the young people and is playing a huge role in many young girls lives who look up to her as a role model.

Rohanna Irvine, Active East Programme Manager with Scottish Sport Futures, says it’s hard to put into words the impact Chloe has had.

She said: “When we first met Chloe she constantly had a smile on her face and was desperate to help her community. Right from the start she was brilliant and out volunteering every night of the week.

“It’s hard to put into words, she has had a huge impact. Chloe is working in an area in the east end where there is not a lot of opportunities. Chloe has created an environment where young people feel safe where they can express themselves.

“When you’re in one of Chloe’s sessions the girls look at her in absolute awe. She is a truly inspirational young person from the east end of Glasgow that is ensuring other people from the area are getting the best opportunity that they can.”

Chloe added: “It makes me feel very proud to be able to help young people. I grew up in Ballieston, which wasn’t classed as a deprived area, there wasn’t a lot to do and I saw a lot of people who were just bored.

“To be able to be a role model and someone young people look up is a great feeling, I didn’t have much of a role model outside my own house when I was growing up.

“To provide opportunities for girls is important to me as well, it’s great that we are able to offer something that isn’t usually classed as a girl’s sport.”

Chloe picked up her award on an evening where inspirational coaches, officials and volunteers from all over Scotland were celebrated across 13 categories for their significant contribution to sport over the past twelve months.

The sportscotland Coaching Officiating and Volunteer Awards 2018, were held at Glasgow City Chambers on Thursday, November 15th where leading athletes congratulated the winners and thanked them for their work in supporting and developing sport in Scotland.

Stewart Harris, sportscotland Chief Executive, said: “Every year across Scotland, thousands of dedicated sporting enthusiasts devote their time, knowledge and skills to help others achieve their sporting goals. Our Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Awards provide us with a chance to celebrate the great sporting achievements that are taking place every day and congratulate individuals on their commitment to Scottish sport.

“Chloe is a truly inspirational young person who has made an incredible difference in her community. The commitment, dedication and support she offers the children she coaches and mentors cannot be overstated and she is fully deserving of this award.

“At sportscotland we are implementing a world-class sporting system at every level in Scotland and we can only do so with the support of the many dedicated coaches, officials and volunteers.”

At the event, hosted by BBC Scotland’s Bryan Burnett, coaches, officials and volunteers involved in squash, wheelchair basketball, para swimming, badminton, rugby, judo, lawn bowls, swimming, football, athletics and boccia were recognised for the many hours they dedicate to helping others compete at the best level they can.

Cashback Annual Report 2017/2018

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) charitable work is supported by “CashBack for Communities”, a Scottish Government initiative which takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities for young people across Scotland. The investment enables the delivery of 5 SSF programmes that are transforming young lives in vulnerable communities across the country.

Our CashBack Annual Report for 17/18 highlights the significant impacts of the Scottish Sports Futures delivery during the year. 

Download our Cashback Annual report here

SSF Brand Ambassador

A Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) brand ambassador is a person who is affiliated with our company to represent the charity in a positive light, and by doing so help to increase brand awareness and fundraising. SSF use the power of sport to inspire young people to make positive lifestyle choices, focusing on areas of disadvantage. 
The brand ambassador will embody the SSF corporate identity in appearance, demeanour, values, and ethics. 

SSF Cultural Statement 

Proud to be part of a culture which is inclusive and collaborative, where our people are valued and supported to lead and develop groundbreaking initiatives with young people and communities at the heart. 

SSF Values:

Adaptable
Innovative
Passionate
Inclusive
Collaborative
Leaders

The key element of brand ambassadors is the ability to use promotional strategies/social media that will strengthen relationships with SSF and influence a large audience to support the work of Changing Lives Through Sport. Predominantly, SSF brand ambassadors will be known as a positive spokesperson, an opinion leader who will provide testimonials, be a positive role model and believe in the power of sport to change the lives of young people. 

What we will do for you:

  • Regular updates including impact stats
  • Free/subsidised entry to sports events
  • Branded apparel
  • Special offers and invites to SSF events
  • Place on the SSF website with your logo/social media 
  • Social media promotion

What we ask from you:

  • Wear SSF branded apparel when doing sport/physical activity
  • Talk on social media positively about the impact of SSF
  • Minimum of 1 social media publication per month
  • Attend minimum of 1 SSF event or complete a physical activity challenge to fundraise per yer. 

If you would like to be an SSF brand ambassador, download your form here and return it to info@ssf.org.uk with the subject SSF brand ambassador

 

#SSFUltimateChallenge

Scottish Sports Futures are launching our #SSFUltimateChallenge! 

Whether it’s a 10K, triathlon, open water swim, or dance-a-thon, why not take on your own ultimate challenge and raise money for charity at the same time? 

What you get:

  • Set and achieve a personal goal
  • Be part of the #SSFUltimateChallenge community
  • See your progress on our leader board
  • SSF branded apparel
  • Social media exposure
  • Discounted or free registration/entry to events

What we get:

  • A team of fundraising ambassadors
  • Funding to support vulnerable young people
  • Raising the profile of the charity 
  • Promoting our value
  • Building our networks

Click HERE for a list of upcoming events, or come up with your own!

For more information or to join us, email emma@ssf.org.uk with the subject #SSFUltimateChallenge 

 

Glasgow Fitness Instructor Swims for SSF

In August Glasgow-based fitness instructor Ceza Ouzounian completed her first open water swim along Scotland’s 5.8KM Loch Lubnaig in aid of Scottish Sports Futures (SSF). 

To coincide with Active Girl’s Week, Ceza handed over a cheque for £500 at one of her weekly Pilates classes this week at the Movement Studio in Hillhead. 

Ceza with members of her Pilates class

Fitness Instructor Ceza with members of her Pilates class

 

On choosing SSF for her sponsored Swim Ceza said:

“I like the sound of what you guys do because I think sports is so important, especially for kids as they’re growing up, a community of friends, and you know feeling good in your body and getting moving so that’s why I chose SSF.”

 

If Ceza has inspired you to take on your own fitness challenge in aid of SSF, email info@ssf.org.uk with the subject #UltimateFitnessChallenge for more information. 

 

For more information on Ceza’s classes head to ceza.co.uk

How volunteering has increased my confidence – Bryanne Ford

I started my volunteering journey at a very young age (around the age of 10). The main reason I started volunteering was due to a program called Dreams and Teams that the Nairn academy pupils got to do. I was helping out at dance classes and cheer classes. Now, I volunteer with two main companies; Highlife Highland and Shell Twilight Basketball at multi sports and basketball. Volunteering has become a second nature for me and I’m now constantly taking volunteering opportunities up.

I have gained so much through volunteering like qualifications, awards, new skills and not forgetting the new friend’s and memories with them. Some of my main achievements with volunteering would have to be:

  • Junior Sports Leader of the year two years in a row
  • Senior Sports Leader of the year last year
  • Over 500 hours spent volunteering at after school activities
  • SSF Best Newcomer 2018

Volunteering has allowed me to improve so much on my own skills. Over the years I’ve become more confident to do things out my comfort zone, improving in many skills like my communication, organisation skills, there’s just far too much to say. With volunteering you create a strong bond with the people you work with and they become a second family for you, as they are constantly there for you and you just have a great time when you’re with them. I also think volunteering helped me through exams and school as I could relax when volunteering, have some fun and get a clear mind set for my education.  

I would 100% say to anyone start volunteering at a young or older age, as it has helped me through so much. I’ve never had a dull moment when volunteering as every day is different working with young kids, Volunteering has given me a coaching job and a place into a sports course in college. Volunteering has changed my life for the good and it will change yours completely once you try it. I don’t know what I would be doing if I never started volunteering.  

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.

Refuweegee

‘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.