Twi­light bas­ket­ball launched

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SCOT­TISH Sports Fu­tures (SSF) has launched a new Shell Twi­light Bas­ket­ball pro­gramme at Kirk­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tre i n Dundee.

More than 25 young­sters at­tended the of­fi­cial launch night and had the op­por­tu­nity to meet Glas­gow Rocks pro­fes­sional play­ers Nestor L a s u n c i o n a n d Ko f i Josephs, who shared their life ex­pe­ri­ences and led a se­ries of train­ing drills.

The pro­gramme of­fers young peo­ple the chance to take part in free bas­ket­ball ses­sions ev­ery Fri­day, from 8pm-10pm, with the aim of keep­ing them off the streets and ac­tive, as well as en­cour­ag­ing them to make pos­i­tive life­style de­ci­sions away from drugs, al­co­hol and smok­ing.

Fund­ing i s pro­vided through Cash­back f or Com­mu­ni­ties, a Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment i ni­tia­tive that rein­vests the mis­ap­pro­pri­ated gains of crime.

Darren Smith, from Com­mu­nity Polic­ing, who at­tended the launch, said: “This pro­gramme pro­vides a good di­ver­sion­ary op­por­tu­nity.

“There isn’t much for young peo­ple in the area and this type of ini­tia­tive will def­i­nitely be ben­e­fi­cial.

“I t ’s a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity f or young peo­ple to make friends while they are di­rected away from of­fend­ing”.

SSF de­liv­ers “ed­u­ca­tion through spor t” pro­grammes to 12,000 young­sters each year.

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