Scottish Sports Futures (SSF), the award winning charity which uses sport to change the lives of some of Scotland’s most vulnerable young people, has launched a campaign to encourage businesses to support its programmes through their community benefit procurement applications and corporate responsibility initiatives.
Each year the charity supports more than 10,000 young people working in partnership with twenty local authorities and volunteers, by delivering a range of different sport led programmes to provide a different pathway and diversion for vulnerable young people.
Founded in 2000 by Iain Reid OBE the charity has a unique partnership with The Glasgow Rocks Basketball team and provides weekly Shell Twilight basketball sessions along with a number of other sports events and tournaments. During these sessions SSF arranges advice, speakers and information on a variety of lifestyle issues including healthy eating, cyber bullying, knife crime and alcohol and drug misuse. Earlier this year 83% of parents reported that SSF had diverted young people way from anti-social behaviour.
Pam Hunter, CEO, Scottish Sports Futures, said, “We rely on the support of communities to deliver our work across Scotland from the Highlands to the Borders, and we are hoping that companies will consider the positive impact we have in communities by considering us as their community benefit partner.
“Young people don’t want to be in the situations they often find themselves in and if we can reach out to them we know we can help them to make changes. That’s very powerful. Besides that our young people have great fun while taking part and mentors, whether in sport or business, can play a big role in that.
“Companies when making procurement bids are required to provide community benefits and we believe our programmes can deliver that and much more, delivering very positive changes.”