Sport SEN Newsletter – August 2019

Welcome to the August Sport SEN newsletter.

A new strategy has been launched to promote the development and sustainability of mountain biking in Scotland. Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland 2019-2025 details the impact and the wide range of benefits of the sport and outlines a number of strategic initiatives which aim to put Scotland at the forefront of European mountain biking. With global adventure tourism now valued at around £365bn, Scotland is well positioned to benefit from this burgeoning market. For more information on adventure tourism and social enterprise, see our briefing paper.


New research has revealed the lifechanging effects of getting involved with sport and physical activity in Scotland. The analysis looked at sportscotland’s contribution to the Scottish Government’s Active Scotland Outcomes Framework, finding that 91% of respondents believed sport helped them feel healthy, while almost 9/10 sports club members currently meet the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines of 150 minutes of exercise each week. Read the full report here.

Nominations for Sportscotland’s Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Awards 2019 are open, with 14 categories in this year’s awards. The awards are a chance to publicly celebrate coaches, officials and volunteers involved in sport in Scotland. Categories include young person’s coach, disability coach, volunteer of the year and lifetime achievement in coaching. Click here to find out more about the criteria for each category and to submit a nomination. The closing date for nominations is 12 noon, Monday 2 September 2019.

The next online #SportHour conversation will take place on Monday 2nd September from 9-10pm, focussing on the theme of young leaders. Six questions have been listed in advance, exploring topics such as how young leaders can help change the future of sport in Scotland, and what is the role of a mentor for young leaders in sport. You can tweet your answers to @sportscotland and then join in the debate on the night to see what answers come up. Find out more about how to participate here.

Sportanddev’s 2019 survey results have been released, offering an insight into the global demographics of the platform, as well a number of recommendations into how the platform could be improved. You can see the full report here.

Applications for the Circle Academy are now open, with the first cohort due to start on September 23 in Dundee. The Circle Academy is a 12-week intensive, practical and educational training programme for individuals interested in running more than profit businesses. Throughout the programme, candidates will create a business plan which will then be pitched to an audience of investors, funders and mentors. See more details and download application form.

Scotland’s Social Enterprise Week takes place from 2nd-8th Sept and will feature over 50 fun, free activities and learning experiences to showcase, raise awareness and engagement of social enterprise in Glasgow. There will be a range of events covering the arts, children and families, health and wellbeing, food, education, training and more; as well as a number of focussed workshops around marketing, sustainability and digital inclusion. Find out all about the activities at or search for #ScotSEWeek2019.

Firstport has launched its Social Innovation Competition 2019 and is now looking for entrants with “ground-breaking ideas that are tackling some of Scotland’s most pressing social issues”. The Social Innovation Competition offers three £5000 awards, combined with tailored support to refine and develop these ideas. The theme of this year’s competition is individuals affected by disability’- successful entries will involve ideas and solutions that support individuals directly affected by disability, as well as those indirectly affected, such as carers and family members. See details and apply.

Members News

Moray Sports Centre is having an official opening Friday 30th August from 2-5pm, where Olympic Gold medal winner Heather Stanning will be cutting the ribbon and signing photos. There will be a Q&A with her and various fun activities throughout the day. All welcome to come along.

Congratulations to Spartans Community Football Academy, who managed to raise an incredible £282,000 at their annual charity dinner this week. The event saw two heavyweight guest speakers in former Manchester United footballer Gary Neville and stand-up comedian Jason Byrne. Remarkable effort!


In partnership with Social Firms Scotland, we’ve organised a Community Learning Exchange (CLE) to Falkirk Football Community Foundation (FFCF), the community-arm of Falkirk Football Club.  FFCF delivers innovative and diverse community programmes that remove barriers, promote participation and enhance learning experiences for every single person that attends.  Courses are always about inspiring people to make changes in their own lives, to raise aspirations and ambitions and to open their minds to new possibilities.  For more information about FFCF’s activities click here.

Jobs and Funding

The latest jobs and funding opportunities can be found here: