A Scottish charity that aims to positively impact young people’s lives through sport and physicality has been shortlisted for the 2019 People’s Projects Award.
If successful in the public vote, Skilz Academy could win £50,000 worth of National Lottery funding to help expand their Arbroath-based ‘GLOW For It’ project to other areas of Angus and Dundee.
For the past six months, Skilz Academy – in partnership with Active Schools Angus – have been running Glow Sport programmes three times a week, engaging with a combined 200 young people a week - all completely free of charge.
During the two-hour long sessions, participants don glow in the dark face paint and accessories under UV lighting as they play sports including football, dodgeball and basketball.
Academy Manager Rachel Osborne sang the praises of the programme, revealing that the opportunities provided have been snapped up by local children, regardless of their sporting experience or ability.
She said: “The Glow project has already proven to be a success with the young people, especially those who lack confidence and self-esteem.
“Parents and teaching staff have all loved the sessions we’ve been delivering.
“It helps young people ‘glow’ – they can be whoever they want to be when the lights are off.
“They add face paint and don’t feel judged by any of their peers.”
And now, with the help of National Lottery funding, they’re hoping to take the experience beyond Arbroath and into the wider community, in order to give even more young people the chance to get involved.
If awarded funding, Skilz Academy also plan to support Street Sport projects and start a new DJ School programme, all in the hope of bringing children out of their shell and helping them achieve their true potential.
Voting for the People’s Projects Award ends on Monday 15 April, and the winners will be announced on Thursday 18 April at 6pm during the STV News broadcast.
For more information, and to find out how you can vote, visit https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/glow-for-it.
For more on Skilz Academy, visit their website at http://skilzacademy.org.uk/index.html.