The week, 1st -5th June is national volunteers week and a great opportunity to shine a light on the contribution of young people in supporting CashBack funded programme.
Basketballscotland recently held their Youth Leadership Festival & Awards with support from Young Start and CashBack for Communities and over 30 youth leaders attended from across the country, it was a day of inspiration and ideas!
Throughout the day the young leaders were activity participating in group work challenges with people from other clubs. They focused on their own personal journey to date before setting goals for the next year. In the afternoon the young leaders shared their ideas on how to make basketball in Scotland world class.
Barry Lang, Head of Basketball launched Basketballs Young Peoples Panel that afternoon: inviting applications from young people aged from 14-22. The Young People panel will give a voice to young people enabling them to shape the future of basketball while developing their CV. A fantastic development opportunity. The Panel will be supported by two mentors. The mentors have completed leadership programmes within their own clubs and have been key to the ongoing development of the Youth Leadership programme as a whole. Key members of these Youth Leadership Steering group the two mentors are looking forward to this new role. The mentors will manage the ongoing development of the members of the Young Peoples Panel supporting empowering them to link with key staff and board members to shape the future of basketball in Scotland.
Four young people were also presented with awards in recognition of their volunteering in the following categories: Confidence, Attitude, Enterprise and Contribution to the Community:
Confidence: Michelle Bradley (Lady Rocks)
Michelle has coached every Friday for the past two years, alongside her playing and table official capacity. Michelle coaches an U10 age group, although some of the young people that Michelle has been working with have been as young as Primary 1. Michelle has also been involved in organising, coordinating and running basketball festivals for the Community and has made a significant impact on the variety of age groups that she works with.
Attitude: Christie Lamb (Lady Rocks)
For over two years, Christie has been committed to coaching an u10 group every week. Christie has embraced the ethos of a true voluntary coach by being fully committed to her sessions ever week. She shows one of the most friendly yet professional attitudes in all that she does, and this makes her sessions very popular with the young people. Christie has been involved in organizing, coordinating and running basketball festivals and tournaments for the Community in a variety of contexts.
Contribution to the Community: Owen Gibbons (Ayr Storm)
This year Owen stepped forward to do table officiating, coaching and refereeing courses for his own personal development and to allow him to contribute more to the club, while also playing for the u18 team. On completing the getting started coaching course, he indicated he wanted to be an assistant coach for a team, not just a helper at a session and he has taken to the role with the u14 boys well. He also coached the younger age groups at the clubs Christmas and Easter holiday camps.
Enterprising: Erin Gilbride (Lady Rocks)
Erin is a coach for the U18 National League Team as well as mentor to the Lady Rocks Youth Leaders. She therefore gives up her time to help the leaders during their sessions with the Community programme, as well as deliver at her own U18 session – and all of this on top of her playing commitment.Erin as a coach has really inspired and helped the U18 squad to push themselves harder. She herself is a great role model as a player, and the u18 players truly respect all that Erin has to share. She has a caring nature but at the same time demands quality and has high expectations of all players. Her coaching sessions are of the highest quality- with innovative practice brought to her sessions. There is no doubt that Erin’s input has aided the u18 squad in all that they have achieved in the National League, Scottish Cup and Play Off’s.