The successful partnership is now in its sixth year and will enable the late night diversionary basketball programme to continue delivery in six local authorities across Scotland and in some of the countries hardest to reach communities. To celebrate the relationship two Twilight Teams from Wellhouse and Whitehill in Glasgow’s East End, took centre stage at half time of a Glasgow Rocks pro basketball game at the Emirates Arena for a showcase event in front of the 1000+ crowd – just one of the unique experiences on offer through the Twilight initiative and thanks to investment from partners at Shell UK.
Over 200 young people attend FREE Twilight programmes every Friday night which aim 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. As well as promoting teamwork activities, goal-setting and confidence-building, young people are also supported into training, volunteering and employment. Shell Twilight Basketball is delivered by qualified coaches and youth workers who provide a variety of content suitable to the participants. Every session contains high energy basketball coaching which is designed to ensure that first and foremost the participants enjoy their time and have a positive experience of physical activity.
Programme title sponsor Shell has agreed to continue to support the initiative with significant investment over 3 years ensuring communities across Scotland can benefit. Scottish Sports Futures’ community work has favourably impacted challenging areas in Scotland and Shell has contributed to this with its enthusiastic support and proactive attitude towards the Shell Twilight Basketball programme. Shell was represented by its Communications & Social Performance Advisor, John Raine who 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 communities across Scotland. The opportunity to access Shell facilities for tournaments and events is another great benefit of the partnership and one which motivates our participants”
Shell Twilight Basketball is also supported by the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities, which takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities and programmes for young people across Scotland.
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Shell Twilight Basketball
Shell Twilight Basketball is normally delivered on Friday evenings, the programme is designed to encourage integration, self-efficacy, healthy lifestyles and good citizenship. These issues are tackled in a relaxed and informal environment. Generating a positive group work identity around an attractive and appealing activity offers a very positive backdrop to ask young people to consider key topics. Educational inputs address topics such as the dangers of smoking, alcohol awareness, healthy eating and internet safety.
Basketball is the main engagement tool in this programme - the activity is inclusive, played and watched by males and females in equal proportion, it also has a cool image through its association with R&B, Hip Hop, fashion and street culture. 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.
Sessions are FREE and open to all from 11 to 21 years.
The coordinators of the Twilight Basketball programme are the charity, Scottish Sports Futures, who were established in 2000 and seek to encourage young people to engage in sport and physical activities as a way of bringing about positive behavioural change and active citizenship. The organisation uses basketball as a positive diversionary medium for introducing young people, especially those living in disadvantaged communities, to sport and healthy living.
Shell Twilight Basketball locations:
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.
- Projects range from diversionary sporting activity to long-term potentially life-changing intervention projects, which aim to turn an individual’s life around and provide them the opportunity of a positive destination such as employment education or volunteering.
- Money is provided to support a wide range of sporting, cultural, educational and mentoring activities for younger children and young people aged 10-19years.
- Since its launch in 2007, over £75 million has been invested in this way, allowing young Scots to participate in a wide range of positive activities in their communities.
- CashBack for Communities is a Scottish Government programme which takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities and programmes for young people across Scotland.
CashBack for Communities is part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to a Safer, Stronger and Healthier Scotland.
More information can be found at www.scotland.gov.uk/cashback
All free and open to all Cashback activities can be found at www.youngscotwow.org