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Kirsty Partridge, Head of Operations, Scottish Sports Futures

I’m not sure we ever anticipated how life changing the Commonwealth Games would be for participants within our Active East programme.

With an aim of addressing health inequalities in the East of Glasgow and working with all of the existing youth and sport organisations to create pathways for young people using the 2014 Commonwealth Games as a catalyst for change was perfect. ‘Young people have increased confidence & life opportunities’ is one of the outcomes the programme aims to achieve.

Joshua Juanatas, Active Champion said recently: “Active East is where I started and you can never forget where you came from they have been there for me since day one so massive thank you At a young age I have always looked up to people and have my own role models! Being a part of all these programs I've been the role model and young people look up to me! 100% awesome feeling! I can write a book here! So thank you for all the experience and awesome memories but also more to come."

Top 10 positive outcomes from the Active East programme so far:

1.“Volunteering has literally changed my life it's given me a purpose and a drive to make an impact in people's life for the better would not change it for the world and I can never thank them enough for the chance of put a smile on someone's face " Precious James Miene, Shortlisted in March 2016 as StreetGames UK coach of the Year
2. Seven Active Champions progressed from volunteering to regular paid work with Active East partner organisations
3. Two Active Champions gained full time employment on a modern apprenticeship with SSF
4. Five Active Champions have become Mentors with Youth Scotland’s national Young People Taking the Lead programme
5. In the last year, Active Champions have given 15061 volunteer hours, this equates to and economic contribution of £150,610 given by these young people
6. "Active East has changed my life" Said one young person who went from offending behaviour to a Princes Trust course into a full time college position with regular weekly volunteering at a local football club
7. Active Champion went from leaving school early to excelling in volunteering and this year got an A in HND in his 3rd Year at University
8. Small grant funded activity increased physical activity among 70 per cent of the young people who took part
9. 10 completed Standard Life Step Up in Life Module and have gone onto paid employment
10. All 83 Active Champions and mentors are working towards SCQF levelled Youth Achievement Awards

A report we are sharing today states that 80% of participants involved are from 20% of the most deprived areas in Glasgow. We know that sport can be such a powerful tool to support young people and transform their lives. We know that through taking a youth work and partnership approach together this is being enabled.

To get your copy of the report and read more about the impact of Active East directly from young people click here -