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WHAT WORK HAVE WE DONE WITH NORTH GLASGOW?

We developed a partnership project to increase participation in physical activity, sport, training and volunteering in the districts of Possil, Springburn and Parkhouse.

We worked in partnership with ng homes, the largest housing association in North Glasgow, and Glasgow Life to develop a community based project focused on helping people in the area, especially youngsters, to be active.

WHY WAS THE PROJECT NEEDED?

Areas of social deprivation, which include parts of North Glasgow, experience a range of issues and challenges.

These include declining levels of sports participation, lack of engagement with parents and families and rising obesity levels - all of which can limit a young person's chance to be physically active and experience the rewards that can bring. North Glasgow especially has high levels of unemployment, low income families and communities that experience a range of social issues.

What did we do?

A number of initiatives were developed through building and managing relationships with the local community and our partners.

Children were offered a variety of sessions in a range of different sports at easily accessible venues, including football, athletics, table tennis, rugby, biking, golf, wrestling, gymnastics, cricket and basketball. Local people were also engaged as volunteers to work within their communities to develop themselves and also provide opportunities for youngsters to become active.

As well as improving general health and wellbeing within the community, the aim was also to educate those involved on the benefits of an active lifestyle.  

What was the impact?

The success of the project was recognised by gaining accreditation as a Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Legacy project and received further investment.

More than 300 children took part in the project and were introduced more than ten new sports. 32 young adult volunteers were involved through two linked programmes – Sky TV’s ‘School of Hard Knocks’ and Scottish Swimming’s ‘Swim for Change’. 21 of 26 School of Hard Knocks participants went on to employment. 

Please take a look at the full North Glasgow Project Review (pdf) for an overview of the impact, results and recommendations of the project.