SE & Sport Newsletter – September 2020

Welcome to September’s Sport Social Enterprise Newsletter

It’s exciting to see so many sport social enterprises having opened their doors on Monday 31 August, or planning to re-open over the next month.  However, let’s not forget that there are still challenges to overcome.  Many of these organisations will be re-opening at a reduced capacity and will need to test financial viability.  There are stringent procedures to comply with which come at a cost, financially and in terms of time allocated to regular and deep cleaning.  Hard work will be required to instil public confidence to even return to sports facilities.   And having had no opportunity to generate income over the past 6 months, cashflow will be tight.

Community sport organisations are still in a precarious position and the scale of some of these organisations, including social enterprises, means that the reality of whether some will survive, especially when all staff are brought off furlough, remains to be seen.

Organisations remain in need of immediate funding to aid cashflow and although there is a recovery fund under development, some social enterprises are not in a position to begin the recovery process and still face immediate challenges.  We remain hopeful that a package of support which is open and accessible for the whole sport sector is announced.

As always, please get in touch if there is anything I can help with.

Take care,

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SEN’s and Social Enterprises

Virtual SEN Sessions

Following the Scottish Government announcement that gyms, swimming pools and indoor sports facilities could open on Monday 31 August, subject to relevant guidance, we hosted a Sport SEN meeting on Wednesday 26 August with Graham Finnie and Kate Forbes from sportscotland to talk through new and updated guidance and answer any queries.  Over 40 people attended what was a very information session.  You can view a recording of the event here.

Scottish Government guidance

sportscotland guidance


On Thursday 27 August, we invited Gordon Hunter, Participation Development Manager at Scottish Swimming and Sarah Robertson, Facilities Project Manager at sportscotland to talk to the Community Pool Operators who are part of the Sport SEN.  The purpose was to provide more detail and answer any questions about the Pool Operators guidance recently released by Scottish Swimming.  You can find this guidance here.


We had an All SEN Session on Flexible Working and Mental Wellbeing planned for Monday 24 August, however due to a worldwide Zoom outage, and despite best efforts to find an alternative platform, we had to cancel this session.  Wasn’t great for the mental wellbeing of our lovely Health SEN coordinator Mary, however she has now managed to agree an alternative date with the speakers and this event will take place on Monday 14 September at 15.00.  To join contact

Upcoming Virtual SEN Sessions

·         Sport and Health SEN Meeting:  Using Sport and Physical Activity to Promote Positive Mental Health: Wednesday 9 September 10.00 – 11.30.

This session will focus on how to use sport and physical activity to address mental health within communities.  We will hear from various speakers about their approach and the support which exists to help organisations develop programmes and initiatives on this topic. Find out more here and to join email

·         Angus SEN Meeting – Learning to tell your story:  Wednesday 9 September 9.30 – 12.30

In Partnership with Evaluation Support Scotland, an introduction to evaluation. Register here.

·         Aberdeen SEN Meeting:  Friday 11 September at 11.00

An opportunity to look at the challenges members face coming out of lockdown, and support required.  To book email

·         Health SEN Meeting:  Wednesday 16 September 10.30 – 12noon

An opportunity to hear from Anne Conner (Outside the Box) and to explore how smaller and community-based providers can play more of a part in the world of health and social care.  To book email

·         Virtual Community Learning Exchange with Prep Table (recently merged with Scran Academy):  Thursday 17 September at 10:00.  For more info and to register

·         Community Food SEN Meeting:  Friday 18 September 10.30 – 12.00

Discuss the challenges faced moving from Phase 3 – Phase 4 of Scotland’s Route Map.  To join email

·         Employability SEN Meeting:  Wednesday 23 September 14.00-15.00

Drew Reid from Skills Development Scotland will be talking about their Skills for Growth programme.  To book email

·         All SEN session: Mental Health and Wellbeing Needs in Communities:  Friday 25 September (TBC)

Opportunity to come together and discuss the mental health and wellbeing needs identified within communities and to explore the social enterprise response.  To join contact

·         Joint Thematic Session:  Wed 30 September at 14.30

Discuss and explore opportunities and threats within the Culture & Creative employability landscape.  To sign up e-mail

What the Social Enterprises are up to!

Well done to Animalia CIC  who have successfully completed their Ben Nevis 24 Hour Challenge, and absolutely smashed their fundraising target!  The annual event brings people together to raise awareness of mental health and this year they were also raising awareness and money for two charities:  Loveleigh Community  and Go Gold Live .

Kingdom Offroad Motorcycle Club has been announced as a finalist in the ‘Cracking Campaign’ category of the SCVO Scottish Charity Awards !  They tackle anti-social behaviour and illegal motorcycle use by providing access to motorcycling opportunities and controlled, dedicated off road track areas.  Amazing news, well done and good luck!  Find out more and vote by 4 September here.

Moray Sports Centre has opened their brand new inclusive outdoor playpark, creating FUN for ALL families across the North East.  The park incudes equipment for households that are vulnerable, disadvantaged, and living with disabilities.  With the aim of making the playpark a family hub where anyone can meet, they have started a fundraiser to provide picnic tables around the park.  The tables will be made by a local volunteer so the funding sought is only for the materials and will contribute to helping the Moray economy to rebuild post Covid-19.  Find out more and donate here.

Movement Evolution Scotland CIC  are based in Aberdeen and deliver physical activity and ‘free spirit’ sports across the Grampian region, to ensure that young people receive access to quality movement education.  They have been very busy developing their organisation during lockdown and have increased engagement in their activities both virtually during lockdown, then through face to face delivery as restrictions eased.  They are now looking for a new home and are keen to hear from organisations in the Aberdeen area if they might have indoor space available.  Find out more here here.

Projekt42 are open again however will continue to offer various online services and programmes.  These include affordable counselling, yoga, mindfulness, kung-fu and other fitness classes.  Find out more here.

Street Soccer Scotland provide football themed training & personal development opportunities for socially disadvantaged groups across Scotland.  They recently won the regional stage of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year category of the Barclays’ Entrepreneur Awards.   This aims to recognise an organisation delivering transformative social or environmental change.  Massive well done and best of luck for the national final in November!  Find out more here.

Partners and Stakeholders


There are 2 webinars left in the most recent series hosted by the Changemakers consortium in partnership with sportscotland.  These relate to the Clubs and Communities Framework and the Changing Lives through sport and physical activity approach.  The session on Friday 11 September will be similar to the one we facilitated with the sportscotland Facilities team and will focus on guidance around re-opening facilities.

o   Friday 4th September – Including everyone in the sport recovery

o   Friday 11th September – Route map for community facilities

If you wish to attend please complete the following sign-up form.

Audio and slide decks from the previous webinars can be found here.


You can find updated information on their Covid-19 information and resources webpage, with sport based guidance being updated continually as further announcements are made from Scottish Government.


There will be a ‘Getting coaches ready for sport webinar’ on Thursday 3 September at 7.30pm.  Support will be provided for coaches based on the Getting coaches ready for sport guidance.  To sign up go to


A Covid Officer e-learning module has been launched.  It is recommended that organisations should appoint a Covid Officer and this training will provide key information and guidance to support individuals to carry out this role and return to sport and physical activity safely. Find out more and register here.


#sporthour – tune in on Monday 7 September from 9pm to 10pm to join the conversation about how individuals and organisations across Scotland are playing their part in the return to sport. The conversation will look at how young people are getting involved and will be joined by a team of co-hosts; Gavin Oattes (author), Hope Gordon, paracanoe athlete and Young Scot Sport Award winner and Nicola McDonald from the Young People’s Sport Panel.

Sports Marketing Network

Please find details below of a webinar being delivered on Wednesday 16 September at 2pm by Sports Marketing Network .  It aims to introduce the concept of an Activity Economy in Scotland and how this can help drive economic recovery and improve health and wellbeing.  For further information contact Svend Elkjaer of Sports Marketing Network on or call on 01423 326 660.  To book your free place go to

Connecting, enabling and driving  Scotland’s Activity Economy

Driving economic recovery, improving health & wellbeing

A free webinar introducing the concept of the Activity Economy in Scotland and how you can become involved and benefit.

An innovative collaboration, through a conference with lead-in and follow-up webinars and guides designed to develop a genuine partnership between private businesses, social enterprises, charities and public sector bodies engaged in Scotland’s activity economy.

This webinar will introduce the collaboration and some of the partners involved.

Scottish Government – Healthier Scotland

The clear your head campaign aims to highlight practical things which people can do to look after mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.  It’s important to stay active and they provide some tips on how you can do this and create long lasting habits.

They also highlight help and support that’s available if you do need to talk to someone.  Remember it’s ok not to be ok.

Active Scotland (Scottish Government) and Actify

The next stage of Actify’s Covid-19 project with the Scottish Government is underway.  If you are considering how to use digital tools and content as part of a blended programme delivery, find out more about developing an Actify Hub.  It’s a useful digital tool to keep your team and participants engaged and informed.  Free digital support is available to help you get started and you can find out more here.

Funding and Support

The SCVOwebsite is still the place to go for the Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub which is the key resource for the whole third sector in responding to Covid 19.


The Senscot Resources Webpage has key information and signposting for Social Enterprise.  We are still updating specific webpages for the thematic areas so you can find a new section called ‘Sport and Recreation Resources – Covid 19’ at the bottom of the Sport SEN Webpage.  This includes various guidanceresources and funding opportunities.


Scottish Community Alliance (SCA) has reconfigured their highly successful Community Learning Exchanges (CLE) programme  to allow community groups to deliver their knowledge and expertise virtually to other community organisations.  Contact Jude if you are a member of the Sport SEN interested in hosting a CLE.

And Finally:

The Great British Week of Sport  runs from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 September 2020.  ukactive and various partners will work in partnership with the European Week of Sport and inspire the nation to celebrate the power that sport and physical activity has on mental, physical and social wellbeing.  Everyone is encouraged to get involved  and #BeActive.

The week will also incorporate National Fitness Day  which is on Wednesday 23 September.   It’s a day when people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities come together to celebrate the fun of fitness and providers are encouraged to get involved  and offer opportunities for people to get active in their communities. The theme this year is Fitness Unites Us and you can use #Fitness2Me to show what fitness means to you and how it helps you unite with others.

Let’s do our bit to inspire the nation to move more and understand a bit better the benefits of an active lifestyle.

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