Running a Sustainable Sports & Physical Activity Facility

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Published: 29.08.17

Executive Summary

A Sport for Change approach has long been championed by Senscot and other stakeholders. The sport social enterprise network members  are a great  example   of  using sport and physical activity as a way of intentionally bringing about positive benefits for individuals and communities. Ensuring its affordable and accessible to people who would not traditionally engage in sport and physical activity.

This briefing paper aims to increase the awareness of sustaining a sport facility as well as providing affordable and inclusive sport and physical activity programmes. Providing practical examples of the way social enterprise have been providing activities for their communities whilst generating an income, as well as demonstrating added value that the social enterprise model provides for the public purse.


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Case Studies

Fairfield Sports has been successfully delivering a variety of sport and physical activities since xx including, Football (Boys, Girls, Adults, Walking Football), Dancing, Boxing and Tennis. They wanted to provide activities for people that was affordable and who would not otherwise engage in sports. Click here to view its website.

Garioch Sports Centre opened in 1996 and is established as one of the leading sports centres in the North East of Scotland. They have successfully developed a package of sports activities alongside Out of School Clubs, Wellness Sessions, Teens Zone and Children’s Activities. They are seen as Hub of the Inverurie community and beyond. Click here to view its website.

Showcase the Street was established in 2003 to bring dance and the arts to young people in areas of deprivation and rural isolation. Since this time it has grown to work in 5 local authority areas, engaging with young people at risk of exclusion and not reaching educational attainment by using dance, sport and fashion as a tool. Click here to view its website.