Future of sport
Sport Minister Shona Robison today pledged a new fund to support community ownership and management of sport facilities, the creation of at least 100 Community Sports Hubs and continued moves towards two hours PE for schoolchildren.
Those were just three of the commitments she made during the first parliamentary debate in her new Ministerial role.
Key points of Ms Robison’s speech included:
A commitment to deliver two hours of PE for every primary school child and at least two periods of PE for every secondary pupil in S1 to S4
The introduction of a new School Sports and Physical Activity Award programme which will reward excellence in school sport and physical activity
The creation of at least 100 Community Sports Hubs across Scotland by 2014; there are currently 56 in 20 local authorities
A £500,000 fund to encourage community ownership and management of sport facilities
A commitment to continue to provide up to 13 million pounds annual investment to the Active Schools programme
A commitment to deliver the 2014 Commonwealth Games on time, on budget and to deliver a last legacy for the whole of Scotland
Support for the Scottish Football Association’s proposals to overhaul the governance, disciplinary and accountability structures of the organisation
Support for the Scottish Rugby Union’s call for more broadcasting of major sporting events
A pledge to deliver on the commitment to provide a new National Indoor Football Centre and associated National Football Academy
A recognition of the economic importance of sport with direct sports related consumer spending totalling £1.8 billion and accounting for over 51,000 jobs
Ms Robison said:
"In Scotland we are uniquely placed to reap considerable benefits from sport and activity. Not only will 2014 see us host two of the world’s greatest sporting events in the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup, it will of course also be our year of Homecoming.
"The events of 2014 will place Scotland well and truly on the global stage and it is around the Commonwealth Games in particular that our vision for a sporting nation will crystallise – a vision where Scots are helped to become more active, where physical activity is embedded in our culture and where our athletes excel.
"Major sporting events can stir our passions and rally a real sense of nationhood. But it is at a community level that we have seen the maximum benefits of sport being realised.
"Community engagement and development lie at the heart of our commitments and that is why we have made today’s pledges on both community sport hubs and funding to encourage community ownership. Sportscotland will administer both these programmes and continue to play a key role in the success of making the improvements we all want to see.
"In recent years we have seen a remarkable transformation in the numbers and type of sports and physical activities on offer to children and young people. Studies show that school-based sport and PE can build confidence, self esteem and social skills as well as embed a lifelong love of sport and physical activity. That is why we are committed to delivering two hours/two periods of PE and alongside Ministerial colleagues I will discuss with local authority partners how we can ensure delivery of this important commitment."