Shell Twilight Basketball is designed to encourage integration, healthy lifestyles and good citizenship, and aims to develop new skills and to sustain participation in sport.

Currently running 10 programmes across Scotland with a further two new areas launching soon, Shell Twilight is delivered in conjunction with professional Glasgow Rocks basketball players and local coaches, mainly on Friday evenings, and is supported by the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities - a programme of free sports, arts and business activities for young Scots (aged 10 –19), which is funded by money taken from the proceeds of crime. CashBack also supports Jump2it, a basketball initiative aimed at Primary School pupils.

Fiona Bayne, Head of Communications at 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. We are delighted to be able to work with Scottish Sports Futures, the Scottish Government and The Glasgow Rocks in delivering this programme".

Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, MSP, said,

“I am absolutely delighted with the announcement by Shell today that they are to continue their support of the Twilight Basketball project. This investment will compliment the Scottish Government’s funding of Scottish Sports Futures through the CashBack for Communities programme, up to £1.95 million through to 2013-14.

Our hugely successful CashBack programme is all about broadening young people's horizons and putting them on a positive path in life using money seized from crooks. That is why it is so encouraging to see major players like Shell getting involved to help deliver more positive examples to the hundreds of thousands of young people already taking part in CashBack activities.”

Ian Reid OBE, Chief Executive of Scottish Sports Futures said,

“The support of Shell UK had enabled us to strengthen the existing successful Shell Twilight programmes and allow SSF to increase its reach into areas of Scotland suffering from youth disorder. In the last two years we have worked closely with Shell, with their support we have launched two new programmes in Levenmouth and Peterhead. Last year we received information from Grampian police regarding the reduction in complaints involving youth in the Peterhead;

During the period 3 September 2010 until 22 February 2011, there were 124 incidents of Vandalism complaints in Peterhead compared to 186 on average calls in the same period during the previous 3 years. This is a reduction of 33% in Vandalism since Shell Twilight Basketball was started.

During the period 3 September 2010 until 22 February 2011, there were 99 incidents of Youth Annoyance calls in Peterhead compared to 130 calls on average in the same period during the previous 3 years. This is a reduction of 24% in Youth Annoyance since Shell Twilight Basketball was started.

These statistics re-enforce our belief that by getting young people off the streets when and where they are most at risk can make a difference to not only their lives but to those in the communities in which they live. Shell Twilight can play its part in giving youngsters an opportunity to learn important life skills whilst having fun playing basketball. We thank Shell for continuing to invest in the young people we work with and we look forward to the next three years”.

The launch took place at the home of Scottish Basketball at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, in front of a sell-out crowd who went on to watch The Glasgow Rocks win in an exciting game against The Guildford Heat. Also showcasing their skills were schools from the East End of Glasgow who have taken part in Scottish Sports Futures Jump2it primary schools programme.

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