Glasgow & West Scotland

Scottish Sports Futures charity awarded £1.5m grant

Scottish Sports Futures event Image copyright Scottish Sports Futures
Image caption Scottish Sports Futures uses basketball as a means to engage young people

A Glasgow-based charity which delivers educational sport projects has been awarded £1.5m in funding.

Scottish Sports Futures will use the cash to help young people from areas which suffer from youth disorder and anti-social behaviour.

The charity uses basketball to engage young people while offering guidance on issues such as drugs, alcohol and diet.

The Scottish government grant is from the Cashback for Communities fund which uses assets seized from criminals.

'Healthy alternatives'

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said the grant funding would help cement a positive legacy from the Commonwealth Games.

"The curtain may have come down on the best ever Commonwealth Games, but Cashback for Communities will help ensure the legacy of the Commonwealth Games lives on," he said.

"Scottish Sports Futures will bring many benefits to these young people, offering enjoyable and healthy alternatives to crime and anti-social behaviour.

"What is most satisfying for me is that this excellent initiative is being supported by cash seized from the very criminals who seek to bring misery to these young people and their communities."

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