Sport SEN Newsletter January 2020

Welcome to the first Sport SEN Newsletter of 2020.


Senscot is delighted to announce that we have recruited Judith Reid as our new Sport SEN Coordinator. Judith will be starting with us on Monday, 24th Feb. She is no stranger to sport networks and will looking forward to getting to know all of you in the coming months.

This month, the Scottish Parliament passed legislation that will formally allow for the setting up the new Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB), aimed at ‘transforming our economy and tackling major societal challenges’ with a £2bn investment from Scottish Govt. More here on Scottish National Investment Bank.

CEIS is doing some research to better understand the ‘event landscape’ in Scotland. If you are involved in running an event/s, they would very much appreciate if you could take 5 mins to fill in this short survey.

Members News


Blantyre Soccer Academy was successful in obtaining ownership of a disused hall from South Lanarkshire Council through a Community Asset Transfer and the new community asset transfer law. (Before and after photos below)

They have invested over £70k in renovation works to create an office, classrooms and a community kitchen and laundry which is available to the public. They also have plans for a community garden with a polytunnel and raised beds for use by the local community and school children. Blantyre Soccer Academy

Ladies Recreational Football and Sports (LaRFS)  – created in response to a perceived lack of social football for women, LaRFS has been enabling women to participate in no commitment football & netball since forming in 2018. Currently they run regular inclusive football & netball sessions in Glasgow and Edinburgh for women regardless of age, technical ability, and/or fitness levels. They also offer coaching and volunteering opportunities to participants so they can develop technical and personal skills.

A feature on the project is available here via facebook

If you need any more information, please get in touch with Kirsten here.

Equi-Power is currently working from a temporary base, near Airth, whilst working in partnership with Stirling Council to develop a new purpose-built centre. In the meantime, find out about their supported volunteering activities with young people.

Partners News

Changing Lives through Sport and Physical Activity – The national funding event took place at the end of last year to support sports clubs and community organisations to understand what investment-readiness means for them and how to make successful funding applications based on social outcomes. The event was developed by sportscotland, The Robertson Trust, Spirit of 2012, Scottish Government and the Scottish FA, who are working to optimise the impact of sport and physical activity as a tool to intentionally achieve wider outcomes. The presentation slides can be found here

Dundee United Dynamos – A new initiative for people who have never played powerchair football before and are interested in joining the team has been launched in partnership with Dundee United Para-Football Club, under the name Dundee United Dynamos, hosted at Fintry Primary School. Full details can be found here.

Events and Resources

SENSCOT Funding Workshop – Are you interested in attending a facilitated funding workshop? We will be providing support for sourcing, preparation and completion of funding applications for our social enterprise networks.

The Workshop will be held in Glasgow or Edinburgh 3rd March 1pm – 4.30pm. Final location dependent on demand. Agenda and sign up can be found here

Community Learning Exchange (CLE)to Oban and Mull- 16th and 17th March. This study visit is being hosted by the Rural SE Hub – and will be able to cover costs for travel and accommodation thanks to Scottish Community Alliance (SCA) support – and will include visits to social enterprises in Oban and Mull (including The Rockfield Centre, Hope Kitchen and Mull and Iona Community Trust).  The CLE will provide an opportunity to consider approaches, opportunities and challenges in community led social enterprise.  We will also have the opportunity to learn from an Ethiopian perspective (with input from JECCDO Ethiopia as a follow up to Social Enterprise World Forum) as well as from across the UK. If you’d be interested in joining the study visit please contact:

LEAP Sports Scotland’s Festival Fortnight is back in 2020, running from 17th – 30th June. Festival Fortnight offers something for everyone, whether it’s in the form of sport, recreational, academic, social or cultural events. The festival aims to increase the visibility and participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Scottish sport, as well as explore LGBTI and wider equality and human rights issues in sport. Full details can be found here

Projekt 42 Community Learning Exchange – March 2020 (date tbc), Edinburgh – Are you interested in learning about the work of Projekt 42?  They work to help people feel and understand the connections between their physical fitness and mental health and the need to work on strengthening both through fitness, yoga and meditation. Register interest.

Highland Social Enterprise Network (HiSEN) – Meeting on Thursday 6th February 2020 at Muir of Ord Hub. If you are interested in attending please contact Iain .

Funding News

​​​​​​Baillie Gifford Multi-Year Awards – The programme can offer grants of between £2,000 and £5,000 per year up to a maximum of three years towards a maximum total project cost of £60,000 (less if applying for less than £5,000 per year). With limited funds available, funding will be restricted to those groups who can demonstrate they are working in one of the four priority areas. Further application details can be found here Application Foundation Scotland

Events Scotland – Funding is available to support sporting and cultural events which take place outwith 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.

Comic Relief Funding Safe Place to Be Pillar, recognises that early-intervention is key to ensuring young people can create a positive future where they can live with dignity. Proposals must clearly demonstrate how they will help young people build a positive future; building the skills necessary to live with dignity and be able to access basic housing and create a happy home in which they feel safe and secure. Deadline 7 Feb, more here

Lottery Community Fund – Funding for people experiencing challenges in their lives. They want to fund activity which means people: are better able to identify solutions that enable them to take control over their lives and build resilience; are able to shape the projects and services they use to better meet their needs; have more access to support and opportunities to improve their lives. The National Lottery Community Fund is the new name for the Big Lottery. See more details and apply.

Robertson Trust – Please note final deadline dates for funded programmes under their current strategy Deadlines For Applications.

Please remember to send me updates for the next Newsletter and Senscot bulletins as soon as you can. Also, don’t forget,  you can post events and jobs on the Senscot website.