On Saturday 24th March Shell Twilight Basketball hosted its 10th National Tournament at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell which was a great showcase for the programme. The event featured around 150 young people from; Dundee, the Highlands, North Ayrshire, Stranraer and Glasgow. The event also included a girl’s category alongside existing under 14, under 16 and under 21 categories. The aim of which was to promote female participation in sport and physical activity.
This was the first appearance for Dundee’s Kirkton Twilight session after the programme launching late September last year. The group performed extremely well, especially considering they only had six players. The team got off to a great start winning their first two games with some thrilling basketball skills on display. Fatigue unfortunately took its toll into the third and fourth game which saw them narrowly miss out on a slot in the finals! However, the group performed admirably and were without a doubt the best competitors on the day. As a result, The Kirkton team were awarded ‘Spirit of the Tournament’. This trophy is Shell Twilight Basketballs most prestigious award and is presented to the team who’s attitude best encapsulates the ethos and sportsmanship we aim to encourage throughout our programmes across Scotland.
Title Sponsor Shell have recently renewed their 3 year sponsorship of the programme. Their Communications & Social Performance Advisor, John Raine commented on the initiative “Shell Twilight Basketball is an exciting initiative that is making a real contribution to social inclusion by giving young people the opportunity to make a number of positive choices for their futures while having fun and learning vital skills. We are delighted to be able to continue to work with Scottish Sports Futures, the Scottish Government and The Glasgow Rocks in delivering this programme”.
SSF Programme Manager Sean Brady said, “Shell’s continued support of the programme will allow us to develop and deliver the initiative in new communities across Scotland. Our aim is to embed sessions in communities and ensure there is a lasting legacy of local staff and young people to deliver the programme beyond our initial investment”
The young people are at the very heart of all SSF programmes and were crucial to the success of this year’s tournament. The Shell Twilight Basketball Ambassador programme, funded by BBC Children in Need, offers young people motivation and support to take on leadership roles, become positive role models to their peers, and volunteer in their local communities. A variety of roles including coaches, referees and table officials were taken on by ambassadors throughout the tournament. The girls’ category was also planned and implemented by a team of passionate and dedicated volunteers. Due to the opportunities and training the programme provides, young people are now taking leadership roles at their sessions to further support the transition to fully sustainable activity.
A young person who supported the tournament as a volunteer commented “It was great to help out and an unforgettable experience”
Three young people from the Kirkton session will start their ambassador journey this April at the induction residential followed by a year of tailored training to help them take more of a leadership role within their session and give back to their local community.
Educational workshops were scheduled into the event to provide the young people with important information on topics including; healthy relationships, cybercrime, organised crime, resilience and being a good team player. The workshops provided a great opportunity for young people to learn and integrate with others with similar interests from different areas in Scotland. The delivery staff were amazing and engaged their audience throughout the day. Police Scotland and Sexpression came in specially to offer professional advice on organised crime and healthy relationships.
Comedian, and former basketball player, Chris Forbes, who is also an ambassador for Scottish Sports Futures, dropped in to see the Twilight players, and hand out the winner’s trophies. He said:
The twilight basketball tournament was incredible. To see so many young people from all over the country taking part was brilliant. All the hard work and dedication from the organisers and volunteers was equally inspiring. So many great people coming together to make opportunities like this a reality is what it’s all about. You could tell everyone was having a great time; laughing, socialising, competing and there was a lot of great basketball on show too!
As well as title Sponsors Shell the programme is also supported by the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities scheme, North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership & BBC Children In Need. The Kirkton session in Dundee runs every Friday night from 8 – 10pm at the Kirkton Community Centre and aims to keep young people off the streets, get them active and through the unique educational time out system, help them make positive lifestyle decisions away from drugs, alcohol and smoking. Shell Twilight Basketball is delivered by qualified coaches and youth workers who provide a variety of content suitable to the participants
Notes for Editors:
- Photo info – All participants from every session involved at the Shell Twilight Basketball National Tournament 2018
Shell Twilight Basketball
- Basketball is the main engagement tool in this programme – the activity is inclusive, played and watched by males and females in equal proportion
- Basketball is a first choice sport for many young refugee and asylum seekers and Scottish Sports Futures benefits from a unique partnership with the Glasgow Rocks professional basketball team, allowing access to professional role models and inspirational athletes.
- Shell Twilight Basketball locations:
Dundee, Glasgow, Stirling, Aberdeen, Nairn, Aviemore, Dingwall, Fife, Stranraer, Inverness and North Ayrshire.
CashBack for Communities
- The Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme uses the ill-gotten gains of crime, recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and invests them back into communities across Scotland.
- More information can be found at www.scotland.gov.uk/cashback
Scottish Sports Futures (SSF)
- Scottish Sports Futures programmes use the power of sport to inspire young people to make positive lifestyle choices.
- See website for more information – http://scottishsportsfutures.org.uk/
Martyn Horsfield, Senior Programme Coordinator call: 0141 218 4640
For more information see website: www.scottishsportsfutures.org.uk