basketballscotland’s Social Impact Programme | Case Study
When Aidan (not his real name) first started with the group he was a very shy and timid boy who struggled to connect with the rest of the class. He often looked lonely in the class and through frequent one on one work with a social impact officer he started to open up about his anxieties in school. Aidan had moved from another city in Scotland to Glasgow at the start of his secondary school experience so making friends was a priority.
He was engaging really well in the basketball sessions and expressed his interest in basketball. It was suggested to him that he attends some of the basketball sessions offered out of Easterhouse Sports Centre and, more recently, it was suggested he joined the Glasgow City basketball club that train out of the sports centre. He was apprehensive about this at first but with the encouragement of the Social Impact Officer he consistently attended the sessions. There has been a huge difference in Aidan’s social skills and confidence, both in the classroom and on court. He has begun to make friends both at the club and in the school sessions as his confidence to work in a team has expanded. The sessions being delivered by the social impact officer has also allowed for a better relationship to form. This has been especially helpful recently as he experienced the passing of a family member. His reaction to this event has been brilliant and he frequently expresses his gratitude for the support of the Social Impact Officer. Here is a comment he provided praising just that:
“The Social Impact Officer has helped me in many ways by giving me confidence helping me socialise and helping my fitness in sports, it really benefits me in the long run, and I hope to stay.”
Aidan’s confidence has further been increased as other classmates are commenting on how much he is improving at basketball and this has given him a newfound feeling of respect amongst his peers. This has helped him make new friends both in school and in the community. This has been noted by a PE teacher who stated the following:
“He really has come out of his shell the last few months and it is great to see the impact these sessions have on the kids.”
Aidan has shown great bravery in overcoming his insecurities and putting himself out there. This has resulted in an increase in confidence and an ability to connect with others in a group that will be really helpful for him going forward