What: Glasgow Rocks basketball stars join with youngsters from Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) “Education through Sport” to launch The Kiltwalk partnership.
Where: The Emirates Arena, Glasgow
When: 2pm Thursday 19th March 2015
Scottish Sports Futures (SSF), a Glasgow based sport for development Charity, has teamed up with The Kiltwalk to raise funds for their vital community projects delivered across Scotland.
The organisation, which aims to create a community of confident and aspirational young people through active lifestyles, is keen to get as many people involved as possible to take part in the 26 mile sponsored walk from Hampden Park to Balloch Castle Country Park on the banks of Loch Lomond on April 12th.
Teams with between 5 and 19 Walkers can nominate a cause close to their hearts for a 50 per cent share of their own fundraising, while organisations nominated by teams of 20 or more will get a 75 per cent share. In the last three years The Kiltwalk has given £2.4 million to Scotland’s children’s charities.
Some of the youngsters who benefit from the SSF health and wellbeing initiative “Jump2it” joined basketball stars from the Glasgow Rocks at the Emirates Arena today (MARCH 19th) to celebrate their association with The Kiltwalk.
Sterling Davis, Player/Coach Glasgow Rocks, “I have been in Scotland for 10 years now so I am getting used to the kilt! The Rocks partnership with SSF gives myself and the players a chance to work directly with over 10,000 young people across Scotland every year. We see first-hand the impact of the charities initiatives and are proud to be a part of that and this fundraising event with the Kiltwalk Glasgow. The Rocks encourage fans to get involved, by walking, sponsoring an SSF walker or cheering on all those tackling the 26 miles for some fantastic causes.”
Emma Reid, SSF Development Manager added: “Scottish Sports Futures are excited to partner with the Kiltwalk. We have a common belief that sport and physical activity can bring people together, create new opportunities, motivate and inspire. We are also delighted to be offering the young people we work with direct involvement in the fundraising process – a mass event, showcasing the benefits of being active, a chance to learn new skills, meet new people and do some good – it’s pretty much everything that we stand for and we look forward to rising to the challenge. I would encourage anyone who hasn’t already done so to join the SSF team of kiltwalkers now.”
With a particular focus on at-risk communities, SSF initiatives are designed to encourage integration, self-efficacy, healthy lifestyles and good citizenship.
SSF used the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as a catalyst to address significant issues relating to young people’s lack of participation in sport and physical activity. Their initiatives are designed to support young people to positive destinations and provide them with the information and advice they need to make healthy choices and fulfil their potential.
The Kiltwalk’s Head of Marketing and Fundraising, Mhairi Pearson, said: “Using sport as a platform to engage and empower, Scottish Sports Futures share The Kiltwalk’s vision of improving the lives of Scotland’s children and young people.
The Kiltwalk provides charities such as Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) a unique way of raising funds and generating income they might not otherwise be able to do.
It’s brilliant to see the youngsters with such great role models as the Glasgow Rocks and I am greatly looking forward to seeing a large SSF team full of enthusiasm at the start line at Hampden Park Stadium and then with wide, happy smiles when they cross the finishing line at Balloch.”
To sign up to take part in this year’s Kiltwalk events click on www.thekiltwalk.co.uk
Glasgow – April 12th
Edinburgh – May 3rd
Aberdeen – June 7th
Perth – August 8th
Speyside – August 30th
Dundee – September 20th