Jump2it is a health and citizenship initiative delivered to primary school pupils all over Scotland. The programme is managed by Scottish Sports Futures; a Govan based charity and delivered by the Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks. Jump2it promotes the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle by eating the right foods and getting plenty of exercises while also highlighting the dangers of smoking and alcohol.

The Jump2it programme has 6 stages, all of which are outlined below;

1)  ROADSHOW – One half-day in school activity/health session led and delivered by Glasgow Rocks professional basketball players.

2)  COACHING – 6 hours basketball coaching delivered by qualified Community Coaches.

3)  TOURNAMENT – One half day inter school central venue basketball competition.

4)   FINALS – 4 schools qualify to playoff at the Commonwealth Arena as part of a Glasgow Rocks home game event.

5)   PRESENTATIONS – Returning to the Final 4 schools with Glasgow Rock’s players and presenting them with posters in front of the whole school, family and friends.

6)   ROCKS CLUBS – If there is no basketball provision in the local community SSF will create a local community club which all participants can attend to continue their participation in basketball.

The initial roadshow sees four Rocks players visit a primary school and educate up to 100 pupils around the roadshow topics; alcohol awareness, anti-smoking, healthy eating, online safety including cyberbullying, ready2work, bouncing back and knife crime and fitness. Throughout these sessions, the participants are provided with the information required to make positive lifestyle decisions.

As well as the pupils learning new basketball skills and drills in the coaching that follows the roadshow, these sessions also include input from St Andrew’s First Aid with the young people involved gaining an understanding of what to do if someone they know has a nose bleed, had sprained their ankle or was choking.

The Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks players take an active role in refereeing mini basketball games at the tournament stage of the Jump2it programme with the health messages that were delivered at the roadshow being reinforced throughout.  The top 4 schools from the tournament win a place in the Jump2it finals.

Teams involved in the finals event are treated like VIPs for the day, seated courtside at a Glasgow Rocks game, playing on the professional court before the main game and at half time and being presented with medals and certificates from the Rocks players after the game.

All pupils look up to the Rocks players throughout the Jump2it programme, not just literally but as the positive role models that they are, inspiring more young people to lead healthier lives.

For more information on the Jump2it programme please visit the SSF website or phone Lynsay McArthur on 0141 218 4640.