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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

 

To get involved all you have to do is fill in a pledge card with your personal details and details of your challenge and send it back to us! 

Download your pledge card here

For more information or to submit your pledge card, email info@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.

Clyde Gateway – this is the place where health is improving

Clyde Gateway is Scotland’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration project, established in 2008 to improve the lives of people living in the east end of Glasgow and neighbouring South Lanarkshire.

As well as the extensive physical regeneration of the area, Clyde Gateway also supports projects that improve the lives and the health of local people. One example is Jump2it, delivered by Scottish Sports Futures, where 3,000 primary school pupils every year learn about healthy lifestyles and physical activity from professional athletes. They also benefit from basketball coaching and the opportunity to participate in fun inter-school tournaments.

The combination of classroom learning and active participation seems to be a winning formula in inspiring the children to make positive lifestyle choices.

One of the many Clyde Gateway schools where Jump2it takes place is St Columbkille’s Primary School in Rutherglen, where players from local basketball team, the Glasgow Rocks, make regular visits.

“Jump2it has been running here for several years now, and the kids just love it”, says Depute Head Teacher Frances Slater. “They don’t just get to play basketball, they also learn all about healthy living, a message which definitely seems to have more of an impact when it’s being delivered by professional athletes rather than their parents or teachers!

“The programme runs from October to December every year. Last year we had 28 kids taking part; Primary 6 and 7 are involved in the healthy lifestyle aspects of Jump2it, and the Primary 7 participants also get basketball training every week.

“Jump2it has been incredibly effective in re-enforcing the school’s own health and well-being curriculum, and in getting the children to increase their physical activity levels. The children were so excited to be getting coaching from the Glasgow Rocks, and particularly loved the opportunity to compete with other schools at the inter-school tournaments. The end of season basketball festival at the Emirates Arena was a particularly memorable day for everyone involved – we’re lucky to have such an amazing facility so close at hand.

“The report on last year’s programme showed that 40 per cent of the children made a positive change in their eating habits as a result of the lessons they learned, and six of them got the basketball bug and now play regularly. The majority have also been inspired to try out other sports like gymnastics, football or netball. Just about everyone involved was determined to drink more water.

“As well as the physical benefits, so many of the pupils who have been involved in Jump2it tell us about the positive thinking they have taken from it, such as learning never to give up, working as part of a team, and not to say “I can’t do that” but to say “I can’t do it yet, but if I practice I will finally achieve my goal.” One child even reported that he now sees failure as an opportunity to fix mistakes and learn. That’s an achievement in itself.”

To find out more about how Clyde Gateway is the place where health is improving, visit www.clydegateway.com

Callum Campbell – My first three months with SSF

I have been working with Shell Twilight Basketball for the last three months. During my time with Twilight I have had the opportunity to try a variety of different tasks.

In September I attended the ambassador residential where I got the opportunity to build up my coaching skills. Everyone who wanted to take a turn of coaching got the chance. I tried a drill with my group and this really helped my confidence as everyone gave me feedback on how I could improve rather than looking at the negatives. While at the residential I met Sarah Hutton who is the head coach at the Wellhouse session, she asked me if I would like to go to Wellhouse on a Friday and build up my coaching skills. I have been attending the session for a while now and last week even got the chance to take the younger group for a session where I used a pre prepared session plan. I ran the session plan past Martyn and Peter to make sure it was suitable I also ran it past Sarah when I arrived at the session.

In October Martyn and I helped at the Reidvale outdoor tournament where I got to take part in the tournament as one team was a player short. I also helped at the National Tournament at the PEAK Stirling which was attended by 250 young people. I helped the rest of the Twilight team set up the night before then on the day of the tournament I took a team from Nairn who had no coach. With a little help from Twilight Ambassador Greg, I thought it went well and everyone enjoyed themselves. It was good to see everyone enjoying themselves knowing how much hard work everyone from Twilight put in to make it a success.

After the tournament I took responsibility putting the evaluation surveys into survey monkey which gives us a rough idea of what things people enjoyed from the tournament and what to include at the next one. Also after the tournament I sorted through photos, picking the best ones and deleting any photos that had multiple copies. I then created a Facebook photo album and posted the photos I thought were the best

I also started doing my SVQ work which I do on a Monday. Kirsty from FARE comes in on a Thursday to talk me through the questions that I have to do the following Monday, I find the SVQ work challenging but Jim who manages the MEND programme has made it easier for all the modern apprentices by getting us to do it together so if we are struggling we can help each other or ask Jim as he has spoken to FARE and knows ways to help us if we are struggling. This has increased my confidence about doing my SVQ as I am not the only person in the office doing the work.

I have enjoyed my first three months with SSF with the highlight being the residential as it was the first time I got to meet the ambassador’s as well as Twilight coaches from across Scotland Callum, Laura, Sarah and Andrew. I am looking forward to the different tasks I will face in the remainder of my time with SSF.      ardoch-resedential-jpg-2 ardoch-resedential

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