The sportscotland Scottish Sports Futures Awards 2019 celebrated a variety of winners, from volunteers to coaches, role models to partners, every single one of whom has helped young people to change lives through sport.
With more than 80 people and organisations nominated and over 50 finalists across all the SSF programmes, choosing the final 10 winners was a great challenge. Learn more about what makes them special.
Spirit of the Year 2019 – William Gray
William Gray is a volunteer at Jump2it Families programme, where he helps young people and their families to be more active and healthier by educating them about the importance of physical activity and healthy nutrition. His enthusiasm and empathy towards the participants quickly turned William into a role model for the young people taking part in his workshops.
Role Model of the Year 2019 – Jacqueline Anderson
Jacqueline is a Shell Twilight Basketball coach and an incredible role model who always puts young people at the heart of her sessions. Her involvement with SSF programmes has enabled many young people to build up their confidence and develop their skills through basketball. Watch the video below to get to know Jacqueline.
Aspiring Leader 2019 – Saskia Barclay
Saskia is a young leader within the Active East programme. She started off as a young champion and worked her way up to become a real leader, and now she is aspiring to progress to a mini-mentor. She volunteers with two organisations, spending her free time coaching football at a local club and working with young people with additional support needs to help reduce social isolation.
Event Champion of the Year 2019 – Katie Monaghan
Katie is involved with four volunteering placements, including delivering play sessions at PEEK, leading health workshops at YOMO, supervising an evening club for young girls at St Paul's and teaching children with disabilities to swim at Glasgow Sport. In 2018 Katie was a part of Active East Create 18 team, running the community event with Year of Young People funding. During the summer Katie volunteered at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, delivering the SSF live fun zone. Her enthusiasm and involvement in volunteering and events are truly remarkable.
Young Coach of the Year 2019 – Diane Barbour
Diane only joined the SSF Jump2it programme in 2018 and has already made an immeasurable impact. Her positive attitude helps her reach out to young people and make a difference in local communities. She delivered roadshow events to over 1000 young people in some of the most deprived areas of the country to motivate and inspire them to stay physically active though the Jump2it programme. Diane seeks to deliver excellence in every session to help young people realise their full potential.
School of the Year 2019 – Burgh Primary School
Burgh PS have been involved in the Jump2it programme for years, continuously embracing the concept of sport for change. Teachers at Burgh PS have gone beyond what is expected of any partner involved in Jump2it, taking an active role in planning and developing programme content and delivery. As a school, Burgh PS has established itself as a bearer of integrity and inclusion, which is highly regarded by Scottish Sports Futures.
Ambassador of the Year 2019 – Chanelle Gallagher
Chanelle Gallagher is the perfect example of a person who champions the work of SSF, embracing the concept of sport for change while putting young people at the heart of everything she does. She is involved in a variety of programmes including NOMADS, Chance:2:Be and Beacon Warriors. She’s an enthusiastic person, motivated to provide guidance and inspiration to the young people she works with.
Partnership of the Year 2019 – Active Stirling and Stirling Youth Team
Active Stirling and Stirling Youth Team have been involved with Shell Twlight Basketball sessions since 2010, providing a safe place for young people to take part in basketball sessions in Raploch. Dedicated local youth workers attend weekly to support and encourage young people in gaining new skills. Active Stirling has enabled Shell Twilight to run sessions with qualified coaches who offer their knowledge and experience of working with young people in sport to volunteers. With support from Active Stirling and the long-term commitment of venue and staff from Stirling Youth Services, the programme is now able to continue beyond funding from SSF.
Outstanding Achievement 2019 – Declan Macdougall
Declan became an ambassador for Shell Twilight basketball in April 2018 and he challenged himself to work on his coaching skills, self-confidence and managing his emotions, becoming a helpful team player. He is a great person to be around and plays a vital part in the Irvine Wolves' Shell Twilight sessions. He has actively helped to deliver educational timeouts on subjects ranging from LGBTQ+ rights to bullying, bigotry and racism. He now attends the Glasgow Rock Academy college programme at Kelvin College.
Journey of Personal Development 2019 – Kerry Ann Grant
Kerry Ann was referred to the Active East Chance:2:Be programme to take part in a 12-week personal development programme to help her gain qualifications. She worked very hard to complete the course and achieved seven qualifications while completing a volunteer placement. Since then, she has taken on another two placements with Jump2it Families programme and with Pinkston Basin, supporting young people onto the water. Kerry Ann’s dream is to become an outdoor instructor and most recently she was accepted onto a college course for Outdoor Education. Before doing Chance:2:Be, Kerry Ann wasn’t sure what she wanted to do and wasn’t keen on going to college; she now says she has found her passion.
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