SPORT for development charity Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) has teamed up with The Kiltwalk to become an official partner for this year’s Aberdeen walk on the 7th June.
The organisation, which has a proven track record of changing lives through sport, aims to create a community of confident and aspirational young people through active lifestyles, is keen to get as many people as possible involved to take part in the 26 mile sponsored walk designed to raise funds for Scotland’s children’s charities.
The partnership, which was announced by SSF Shell Twilight Basketball programme ambassador and Active Champion Aaron Juanatas outside Aberdeen’s Shell HQ, will see SSF receive a Kiltwalk charity partner grant.
The Shell Twilight Programme is one of the national programmes run by SSF and which provides basketball sessions infused with education and life-skills. Sessions are free and are available for all 11-21 year-olds.
John Raine, Communications & Social Performance Advisor with Shell said:
“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. Shell is delighted to be able to work with Scottish Sports Futures and the Scottish Government in delivering significant benefits to the young people and the communities in which they live”.
Ian Reid, Chief Executive of Scottish Sports Futures stated:
“Scottish Sports Futures are delighted to be an official partner for the Aberdeen Kiltwalk. After being involved in both the Glasgow and Edinburgh walks we understand what an achievement it is completing the 26 mile course and how incredible it is being part of positive activity focussed wholly on changing the lives of children in Scotland, we encourage everyone to get involved in whatever way they can.”
In the last three years The Kiltwalk has given £2.4 million to Scotland’s children’s charities.
This year’s Aberdeen Kiltwalk leaves from Duthie Park and ends at Potarch, Aberdeenshire. Walkers can chose between walking 26 or 10 miles.
Fundraising is split between our charity partners which, as well as SSF, are DeBRA and NSPCC for the Aberdeen Kiltwalk, although teams of between five and 19 Walkers can nominate a cause close to their hearts for a 50 per cent share of their own fundraising.
Organisations nominated by teams of 20 or more will get a 75 per cent share.
Teams not part of SSF’s official team can nominate the organisation for a share of their fundraising.
The Kiltwalk’s Chairman Michael Ure said: “We are delighted to welcome SSF as a new charity partner for the Aberdeen Kiltwalk.
“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.
“I am greatly looking forward to seeing the SSF team at the event and the SSF Pit Stop in action. I know from the Pit Stops they have already provided for Glasgow and Edinburgh they will be incredible.”
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.