Firhill Youth Project and Community HubThis incredible organisation, led by Project Coordinator Amiee Williams and supported by Scottish Rowing is introducing hundreds of children to rowing, right on their doorstep. Firhill is a rowing and water sports activity hub, which welcomes all local young people in the North of Glasgow. Based in an area of Scotland, where there is limited provision for any sports or physical activity for young people. Amiee and her team understand the necessity for young people to have meaningful opportunities to become active and stay active within their local community. It is their mission to help break down the barriers that currently hinder youth participation.
This Community Sports Hub has worked very closely with the community in North Glasgow, to provide sports opportunities that best suits the needs of the area. Based at the Firhill Basin, beside the Partick Thistle Football Club Stadium – the hub provides free weekly rowing sessions along with other water sports activities for the local community.
Utilising rowing as a catalyst, their approach, which is based on a Positive Youth Development Framework, is geared towards the provision of positive sport experiences. These experiences are integral for promoting and sustaining youths’ participation in sport and physical activity. With this approach, the Firhill team aim to contribute towards better physical and mental health, increased self-confidence, connectedness, and positive skill development.
With support from volunteers and college students, there is always a warm welcome to young people from North Glasgow. Since 2019, the hub has provided over 120 11–18-year-olds, with the opportunity to row, who otherwise may not have had the chance to participate. The Gemini Boat Race Bursary is delighted to support the expansion of this project to double the number of free rowing sessions offered and enable more young people to experience the benefits of taking part in sport.