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”.