Sport SEN Newsletter – April 2019

Welcome to April’s Sports SEN newsletter.

We hope that you and your clubs managed to take advantage of the glorious Easter weekend we’ve just had! Looks like we’re back to the usual cloud and drizzle for this time of year but not to worry – we’ve plenty of Sport SEN updates to brighten up your week.

Best wishes,

Kim & Eddie


The Scottish FA has created a set of three toolkits to help football clubs and trusts in Scotland with their development. The Community Asset Transfer Guide provides plenty of useful advice on how a football club can manage and secure facilities in the local community for the benefit of all. Legal Structures For Your Club outlines the available legal structures for football clubs in Scotland, giving advice on the benefits and possible drawbacks of each to help you decide which is the best fit for your club. Meanwhile, Developing Community Clubs is a comprehensive directory of support for football clubs in Scotland, divided into categories including business development, governance, equality and diversity, volunteering, and funding.

Senscot still has a number of discounted places for Sports Marketing Network’s focussed one day conference on sport and physical activity in Scotland. Delegates will receive an update on Sport for Life, sportscotland’s new corporate strategy which aims to create a world class sporting system in Scotland. There will also be presentations from Aberdeenshire Council, the Observatory for Sport in Scotland, as well as a number of sports clubs with various experiences to share from across Scotland. The conference will take place on 18th of June, at the Stirling Court at the University of Stirling. If you’re interested in attending, contact for discounted places. See also full programme.

Over the course of April, sportscotland ran a social media campaign to highlight the ability of sport to make positive change to people’s lives. The campaign saw a number of sports clubs across the country profiled for online magazine SportsFirst, as well as a number of events and initiatives promoted through the #ChangingLivesThroughSport hashtag. One event which proved particularly popular was the #SportHour, which gives sports clubs across Scotland an opportunity to share their views on pre-defined topics during an online discussion hosted on twitter. Over 260 Twitter users joined in the conversation, with over 800 tweets sent over the course of the evening. View the full social media report here.

The SE Census 2019 is now underway and Social Value Lab is asking folk to fill in their SE Census 2019 Survey. It’ll take 10/15 mins to fill in – but we’d ask that you spare a bit of time to do so. The SE Census is the single largest collection of data on the social enterprise Scotland and is therefore integral to policy creation going forward. In order to build a consistent picture and observe the various trends across our sector – the more folk who fill it in the better. Your support in this is very much appreciated. All info treated in strictest confidence.

Sports Marketing Network’s Grow Your Club Programme is open for applications, offering a tailored package support to develop your club, attract more people to it, generate revenue and welcome more volunteers. The programme covers eight key topics including leadership and management, internal communication, and how to run an effective open day. How the programme is delivered is up to you, with workshops, webinars, club guides and bespoke support packages all available. Visit the SMN website to find out more and sign up.

Researchers from the universities of Stirling, Loughborough, and Edinburgh are currently running a research project on the role of alcohol for football fans in Scotland and England. The survey asks questions about views and experiences of alcohol consumption, and on current regulations on alcohol in and around football. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw for £50 of high street vouchers. If you are interested in taking the survey, please follow this link, and do share with your members if relevant.

This time last year, rather than basking in the Easter Holiday sunshine we were up to our eyeballs trying to prepare ourselves for upcoming GDPR regulations! Scottish Govt has now been in touch with regard to the implications a No Deal Brexit would have on data protection. In short, if the UK exits the EU without a deal – GDPR remains in place – although there would be changes to how personal data transferred from the EU to the UK. This Briefing Note gives more details.

Member/Partner News

We hope you all took the opportunity to engage with sportscotland’s #ChangingLivesThroughSport campaign throughout April, which provided a platform for sports clubs around the country to showcase how sport and physical activity can improve the fortunes of people in the community. We spotted some great posts from SEN members, including this blog from Scottish Sports Futures about how education and professional role models can change lives through sport.

Spartans Community Football Academy is holding football trials for its new Strachan Football Personal Development Certificate course on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th April. The course is a new learning opportunity for 16 to 19-year-old boys and girls who have left school, and has been developed by the Academy in partnership with Edinburgh College and The Strachan Football Foundation. Find out more and register. For those who cannot attend the trial days on the 25th and 26th of April, there will be additional trial days throughout the summer of 2019. Please fill in the online form and the Academy will contact you with alternative dates.

Transition Extreme Sports is looking to lease out a retail space at its extreme sports complex in Aberdeen. The space is 150 square metres with its own secure storage room and reception area. Space comes with separate entry as well as access to Transition Extreme’s changing facilities and café area. The space can be operated 362 days of the year between 10am and 10pm Mon-Fri, and 10am to 8pm at weekends. Enquiries to Grahame Paterson –, or 01224 626 279.


Robertson Trust – Registered charities and CICs Ltd by Guarantee registered and working in Scotland have until midday on the 14th June 2019 to apply for grants of £500 upwards to support work that aims to reduce inequalities and strengthen communities. Under the themes of reducing health and social inequalities, supporting people and communities or empowering communities, main and major grants from the Robertson Trust offer match funding of up to 50% depending on the size and nature of the project. More here.

Transforming Scottish Indoor Tennis Fund – Aiming to deliver a national strategy to create a network of regionally based indoor tennis centres in Scotland to ensure that the majority of the country has access to a high quality indoor tennis centre. Priority will initially be given to transformational projects which involve a minimum of 3 indoor courts and are located in six areas: Dumfries & Galloway; Dundee; Edinburgh; Glasgow; Highland and the Scottish Borders. More information here.

Event Scotland National Events Fund – Funding is available to support sporting and cultural events which take place out with the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and drive domestic tourism within Scotland. It is a development programme and therefore does not provide long-term or core funding. It is designed to support additional elements or new activity specifically intended to strategically grow events. Find out more and apply.

Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme – Grants of between £1,000 and £7,000 will be available for social enterprises, charities and community projects at various stages of their development. Grants are available at Start Up, Trade Up and Scale Up levels, and come with an appropriate learning and support package to implement the grant. Find out more here.

Stations Community Regeneration Fund – Enables business and community groups to transform redundant station rooms into facilities to benefit local people. Any projects that will aid communities or rail passengers will be considered for grants of between £5,000 and £75,000. Bids may also be made for larger sums, dependent on in-depth feasibility studies. For further information, please click here.

Path for All Open Fund aims to encourage people to change their behaviours to walk or cycle as part of their everyday short journeys. The Smarter Choices, Smarter Places fund will also encourage people to use sustainable travel choices for longer journeys. Application details here.

Big Lottery Young Start Fund is offering funding from £10,000 to £100,000 to help children and young people across Scotland become more confident, so they can realise their own potential. Applications are ongoing. See details.


P4P is holding an event on Thursday 9th May in partnership with CVS Falkirk in advance of the Falkirk Employability Support Services framework publication. The event will give organisations an opportunity to network with potential partners as well as providing tips on how to submit a winning bid. Sign up here. For further details of P4P events check out the Events page on the P4P website.

Kendal Mountain Festival will take place at the Barn in Banchory on Saturday 18th May. The festival will see screenings of some of the world’s best adventure films, plus inspirational gust speakers in Scottish swimmer Colleen Blair and Scottish climber Uisdean Hawthorn. Find out more and buy your tickets here.

Remember you can add your event to the Senscot calendar using this form and we’ll do our best to promote it through our communications channels.


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