Glasgow Rocks professional basketball player Gareth Murray is attending the launch night of Shell Twilight Basketball on Friday evening at Lochgelly High School Community Use. The player is attending to represent the Glasgow Rocks at the launch of the Fife’s third Shell Twilight basketball project, the first launched in Levenmouth in 2011.

Gareth will work hard to engage with the young people; even good naturedly shooting some hoops and possibly blocking some of the youngsters’ shot attempts, Murray is well known for throwing down slam dunks so he might even demonstrate how it’s done.

Gareth Murray, Glasgow Rocks Player Coach said ‘It is great to have the opportunity to share with the young people of Lochgelly how great playing basketball can be. It always inspires me to see young people who would normally be hanging around the streets on a Friday evening having a great time at Shell Twilight Basketball sessions. I recently attended the launch in Dunfermline so hopefully we will be able to see the three Fife teams taking part in a Shell Twilight Basketball tournament soon.

This free programme aims to get young people off the streets, get them fit and through the unique educational time out system help them make positive lifestyle decisions away from drugs, alcohol and smoking.

The project is launching in Lochgelly after an initial approach from local police to Shell as they had heard of the positive benefits of the programme to the local communities in Levenmouth and Dunfermline. In the week running up to the launch Shell Twilight taster sessions are taking place in Lochgelly High School, Community Use. The programme will run on Friday nights from 8pm until 10pm and will be open throughout the summer months.

Andrew Howie Community Sergeant based at Cardenden and is the lead on the Lochgelly POP; ‘Problem Orientated Partnerships or POP, are a tried and trusted method for interested parties to come together to help resolve problems in a community. The group are looking at a number of different ways that can encourage positive outcomes for the whole community in Lochgelly. Community groups who may feel they can add value to the POP, or indeed may need the support the POP, are encouraged to get in touch.

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.

Basketball has proved to be hugely successful as boys and girls can play together, it is free from tribalism with Scottish culture and most importantly- it’s great fun!

Since the inception of the charity in the year 2000 Scottish Sports Future (SSF) have delivered education through sport programmes to thousands of young people. With sessions containing up to 15 different nationalities SSF have succeeded in bringing together a hugely diverse group of young people and encouraged the development of skills to be put to use both on and off the court. The Glasgow Rocks Professional Basketball Team play a vital role within the delivery of the programmes with the professional players making regular appearances where they bring their basketball skills, life stories, advice and energy to inspire young people.

With support from a number of important partners including the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities and Shell, Shell Twilight has grown into a National programme which provides free basketball sessions in a safe setting alongside the opportunity for young people to shape their own programme and access the information that they need to develop.

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