- 03 June 2015
Bob Doris MSP joined hundreds of local parents and family members to cheer on young dancers at the A&M Scotland Annual Dance Awards Show at the Mitchell Theatre in Glasgow.
The event was hosted by DJ and A&M Scotland Ambassador Suzie McGuire, and was an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the youngsters for all their hard work throughout the year. Nearly 200 young people aged 5-18 from 10 different areas of Glasgow were able to showcase their talents and skills on stage. It was also an opportunity to thank everyone involved with A&M Scotland for their continual support and dedication.
A&M Scotland delivers programmes of diversionary activity to young people from 25 different communities in Glasgow. Diversionary activities take the form of sports, physical activity, group-work, volunteering, employability and personal development sessions. The organisation works with over 1200 young people each week to improve physical and mental health and well-being, confidence and self-esteem, aspirations, personal responsibility and life chances by engaging young people in weekly, structured and positive activities that work across communities and are delivered by role models.
Mr Doris had the privilege of saying a few words of congratulations at the end of the show, and to present awards to Volunteer of the Year, Kerry Jane McDonald, and to Coach of the Year, Helen Campbell.
Commenting on the occasion, Bob Doris MSP said: “What an amazing night last night with A&M Scotland's Annual Dance Show at the Mitchell Theatre. The young people were from across north Glasgow including Springburn, Royston and Possil. Without exception all dance teams were wonderful, displaying energy, enthusiasm and no shortage of talent & skill.
“I look forward to supporting A&M Scotland in the future. They provide free and fantastic opportunities for the communities I represent, getting young people fit and active. Most of all they make it both affordable and fun.”
Paul Fletcher, Deputy Chief Executive of A&M Scotland added: “The dance show was a massive success. We were delighted to welcome along our local MSP Bob Doris who presented a couple of awards. Bob has been a valued supporter of the work that we deliver and we were happy he could be a part of our night.
“The importance of regular participation in structured, fun and free sport and physical at a community level cannot be overestimated enough. Each week A&M engage with between 1200 and 1500 young people from the country’s most deprived communities.
“Our main aim is to support children and young people from across Glasgow and the rest of Scotland to improve their life chances. This could be weekly participation in football or dance activities, volunteering at a local project, taking part in an skills development session or experiencing outward bound trips. We hope to continue to expand upon the work we deliver and to engage more support from the Scottish Government and other funding bodies in improving the quality of life for all children and young people throughout Scotland.”
The awards were held the 26th of May at the Mitchell Theatre.