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Genuinely life changing, without this experience throughout the years then I wouldn’t be where I am today’ – 3 years on from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Sport and physical activity
Issued by Scottish Sports Futures

It’s been 3 years since the 2014 Commonwealth Games rolled into town for a sunny 2 weeks of incredible sport but also life changing opportunity. Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) Legacy programme Active East was tasked with increasing life opportunities for young people, addressing health inequalities, increasing physical activity levels as well as supporting and encouraging local partners to work together to achieve this.

Taking a youth work/person centred approach, the programme has targeted young people who are experiencing disadvantage and supported them with a tailored package of training and personal development.  This includes meaningful volunteer placements across local youth and sport organisations, over 41 of which comprise the legacy programme. Statistics tell us that 80% of Active East participants are from the 20% most deprived areas in Glasgow. Some are in the bottom 5% and with this comes challenge such as holiday hunger, low aspiration, mental health problems.

But also with this comes beauty, hope and inspiration; young people who want to make a real and lasting difference in the communities they live, young people who have been inspired by local and sporting role models to become all they can be. Since the programme launched Active Champions, have given 27499 volunteer hours. If they were getting paid the going rate of £10 per hr for this quality delivery of sport and youth work this would equate to a whopping £274990. 73% Active Champions report that Active East helped them to be more positive about themselves and their future and since 2014, 48 young people have moved onto a positive destination; a sustained placement in work, college or university.
Scottish Sports Futures, Active East Programme Manager Rohanna Irvine said: ““The Active Champions are incredible young people, young people who want to make change and support others to become more active. To have so many local young people volunteering across a number of organisations is fantastic.”

Through a small grants funded programme operated by Active East organisations have engaged over 4603 young people have participated in small grant funded activity within 1940 sessions. These have all been supported by Active Champions.
“It is always great to work in partnership. It brings the communities closer together. We learn things off of others trying to achieve the same things as you for young people. Working in partnership simply meant that we could put our ideas together and come up with the best solutions, and that there was always someone there for support. In our case it meant that the numbers for the dance/gymnastics programme were higher due to the numbers of young people coming from the partnership area.” Vicky Hemsley – Reidvale Youth Hub.

Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell said: “It’s fantastic to see the Commonwealth Games legacy continuing to make a real difference to people’s lives in Scotland, and Active East really embodies the spirit of that legacy.
“By bringing young people together and getting them involved in physical activity in the east of Glasgow, it’s a great example of how sport can deliver meaningful change. I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved, particularly the Active Champions, who put so much time and effort into ensuring the project’s continued success.”

To celebrate #3yearson from the games it seemed fitting to hold big, free, fun for all the family exciting weekend of Sport4all activity at Tollcross Leisure Centre one of the amazing games venues, over the weekend 22nd and 23rd July. The weekend of activity was all planned and led by young people and local organisations and was supported by a group of international volunteers from Scottish Sports Futures and Xchange Scotland’s NOMADS programme. Crucially all of the activity on offer is also available locally and young people who came along have left with details on how to access this after the weekend.

“Glasgow Sport couldn’t wait to welcome Active East to Tollcross International Swimming Centre, where we have been working in partnership to host the Sport 4 All event. 3 years on from the Commonwealth Games it is fantastic to still be providing so many great opportunities for children and families in Glasgow and it is even better to be able to hold this inclusive sport event in the east of Glasgow at Tollcross ISC”. Gemma Wood, Sport and Physical Activity Officer- Glasgow Sport
The legacy from the games lives on this area and SSF are submitting funding bids for a phase 2 plan from 2018, all based on consultation from local organisations and young people to continue working together to change lives.

When asked to sum up what Active East has meant to them one Active Champion said:

"Active east has helped me so much though the years. If it wasn't for the support from everyone and active east department and I don't think I would have kept this up. In my whole entire life this is the first thing I have stuck with. This program means a lot to me because I was one of the people with zero confidence. I couldn't even talk to at least two people without being afraid and now I feel like I can talk to at least 20 people now if i tried"

For more information on Active East and all Scottish Sports Futures activity please visit our website

Notes for Editors:

• Photo information – 1. group photo from #3yearson event 2. Jack, participant with Rocky Glasgow Rocks mascot winning prize
• Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) is a Glasgow based Charity delivering Education through Sport programmes to young people nationwide with a particular focus on those at risk and suffering disadvantage.
• Scottish Sports Futures programmes use the power of sport to inspire young people to make positive lifestyle choices.
• NOMADS is an Erasmus funded European project to promote voluntary activities in sport, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity through increased participation in, and equal access to, sport for all
• “sport for all” means making sport accessible to all members of our communities, as a vehicle for integration, empowerment and well-being.
• SSF’s portfolio of programmes support young people from early interventions right through to training and employment.  Each programme is focused at a different stage of youngsters’ development and targeted at communities that are vulnerable or at-risk.
• SSF programmes have 10,000+ young people engaged annually
• SSF have over 200 volunteers supporting activity
• Delivery Programmes:  Active East, Shell Twilight Basketball, Jump2it, Education Through Cashback, Healthy Powerful Communities – MEND.