basketballscotland’s Social Impact Programme | Case Study
Luke (not his real name or image) comes from a challenging home background with some difficult family situations. Several fights and excusals from class early on in school showed that Luke had a difficult time engaging with some of his teachers. He became involved in groups that don’t have his best interests in mind and encourage irresponsible behaviour. Ultimately this led to several internal school referrals and frequent discussions with pastoral care, and resulted in him being a perfect candidate for our programme.
Like many in his environment he has adopted a tough exterior to help deal with the challenges he faces on a day to day basis. He has shown over time that he is, in fact, not a “hard man”, by showing a very caring and pleasant side to his personality. Since beginning work with our SIO over a year ago, there have been many ups and downs but we are now seeing gradual positive progression. Our SIO has utilised 1-2-1 interventions, weekly basketball sessions, community volunteering and other educational activities to steer Luke in the right direction to reach positive destinations. The impact the programme has had on Luke can be seen in the following words he wrote to our SIO in a Christmas card:
“Thank you for everything you have done for me this year. You helped me so much when I was making bad decisions, you would always give me good advice and try direct me in the right path. I remember a time that made me happy was when I told you that I signed for Partick Thistle and you were so gassed and happy for me and it made me feel like someone was actually happy and proud of me.”
This was a massive breakthrough for us and highlights the impact that the programme has had on Luke so far. For Luke to reflect on the support he has received and voluntarily express gratitude for it is a big step in the right direction. Luke continues to be involved in the programme and shows gradual development in both his perceptions towards education and behaviour in school.