The impressive Scottish Parliament building played host to Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) reception last week, celebrating 15 years of sport for change and showcasing some of the thousands of amazing young people that we have the privilege of working with right across Scotland.
Over the last 15 years SSF have developed well respected and evidence based initiatives that inspire and motivate. Whether tackling social issues such as addiction and anti-social behaviour or providing meaningful volunteering and training opportunities that lead to employment, SSF makes a real, lasting impact that provides a brighter future for some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged youths.
The evening, attended by funding partners, MSP’s, Ministers, community partners and SSF participants was expertly hosted by Active Champion and aspiring young actor Andrew Marley who ensured the event was up-beat and interactive. Guests had the opportunity to meet delivery staff and most importantly the participants who have benefited and supported a variety of sport and physical activity programmes in communities right across the country.
The event also launched the brand new SSF video filmed, edited and produced by a young volunteer Geetika Jhakra, the footage captures the essence of the organisation, heard from partners and young people and highlighting the great variety of activities that are delivered and the impacts that have been achieved. SSF programmes have positively impacted, health, education, volunteering, employment and community safety and the footage can now be seen at www.ssf.org.uk.
SSF Chief Executive, Ian Reid OBE said “I really enjoyed the evening it was great to see so many young people and partners in attendance and to meet new contacts who are interested in supporting our work. We also thank the Minister for Public Health, Maureen Watt for attending and recognising the contribution that SSF makes to the wider health agenda.”
SSF worked with almost 16,000 young people last year, supported over 300 young people into positive destinations and recorded an investment of over 7500 volunteer hours. Guests on the night were encouraged to make a pledge to support the on-going development and delivery of SSF programmes and enable us to reach even more vulnerable young people. Everyone can play their part in creating a safer, stronger, healthier Scotland and giving young people the future they deserve.