Sport SEN Newsletter – June 2019

Welcome to the June Sport SEN newsletter. 

Last week saw the conference ‘The role of community sport and physical activity in Scotland’ – two Sports SEN members Morton in Community and Projekt 42 from Edinburgh represented the social enterprise sector. Morton in Community engage with 1,400 people every week and 64% of the activities offered don’t involve a football but use their connection with the community to offer projects around education, employability and improving health. 55% of their income comes from bespoke projects.

Projekt 42 is a community gym where 40% of the income from standard memberships go to fund free memberships to 15% who either cannot afford a standard membership or have mental health issues or are disadvantaged in other ways.

A full report from the conference will be available in a few days and you can receive a copy by emailing


Senscot will be submitting a response to the Scottish Government’s current consultation on the new national public health body ‘Public Health Scotland’. We encourage SEN members to engage in the public health reform programme and welcome you to share your thoughts to inform Senscot’s consultation response. The consultation runs until 8th July.

Some useful background documents include:

  • The latest CHEX Briefing which provides an excellent introduction to public health reform & the role of community led health.
  • Recent presentation from Public Health Reform team at VHS Sounding Board session.
  • Senscot Briefing Paper on Social Enterprise: Creating Wellbeing in Communities

sportscotland, The Robertson Trust, Spirit of 2012 and Scottish Government continue to work together to embed Changing Lives approaches into the system for sport nationally. Following the recent launch of Sport for Life we are now also working with 41 professional officers within sport who all have a role to work with and develop club and community sport in Scotland. The Changing Lives Champions Learning Programme aims to inspire staff within the sportscotland regional network to adopt a Changing Lives mindset and equip them with the capacity to help develop effective organisations that can deliver individual and community change through sport and physical activity. There is a mix of Scottish Governing Body and local authority staff and a good coverage geographically, all of whom will work together to take forward the Changing Lives mindset and champion these approaches across sport and physical activity nationally. The programme is being designed and delivered by the Changemakers Partnership who consist of CEIS, Social Enterprise Academy, Firstport, Spartans CFA, Movement and the University of Edinburgh enabling us to pull in key expertise, knowledge and skills from the social enterprise, academic and sport sector.

Members News

Trust Rugby International are launching a new programme. Some of their players will undertake the accredited Sports Leadership course as a part of the triED programme which aims to enhance the rugby skills of a select group of players. The Sports Leadership course is an SQA qualification that all participants will receive in completing the course. During the course, they will look at a number of topics like leadership; self-belief; teamwork, self-management and problem solving. These topics will be delivered through fun rugby sessions delivered by the tutors. Also, a crucial part of the course is that the participants will have to plan, deliver and evaluate their sessions with each other.  Each week they will work on a different topic, and working with the triED coaches, imbed the topics throughout the day’s session and this will hopefully help with everybody’s learning and develop them further. For some of the participants, this will be their first step into the coaching world. This course will help them move forward and hopefully complete other UKCC Rugby courses.  If you would like any more information, please contact Stephen Main

Congratulations to Moray Sport Centre who are close to opening the centre and have started offering our memberships which are at a special rate until 30th June. They also have a video which shows the centre, facilities and some of the activities which we will offer, this can be found on our YouTube channel.

Pinkston Watersports recently celebrated their 5th Birthday – they opened the doors to the public for a day of paddling and prizes – throughout the day they had a whopping 155 people sign up to take part in 263 sessions across rafting, kayaking, canoeing and SUP yoga.

The day wouldn’t have been possible without all of the fantastic, committed volunteers – so this #volunteersweek we wanted to say a huge thank you! The collaboration with our incredible partners was key to the success of the day. The collaboration and community effort was a true personification of what Pinkston is all about and we look forward to many more years of paddling and parties to come! More information

Partick Thistle Charitable Trust has announced that its new charity partner is the Partick Thistle Charitable Trust. After a very positive relationship with The Beatson Cancer Charity over the last three seasons, the Club decided to look closer to home for an organisation to support. The partnership with The Trust, which aims to promote health and well-being, football, education, active citizenship, and inclusion within the local community, will run at least for the duration of seasons 2019/20 and 2020/21. Read more


Pinkston Watersports will be hosting the BBC Adventure Show on the 12th July. This event is going to be filmed by the Adventure Show and will be aired live on BBC Scotland! We will also be welcoming an audience, so if you’re in the area feel free to come down and watch! Find out more

Senscot has been offered SEN member bursary places for the CEIS September Conference. Instead of paying £125(+vat) you would pay £75(+vat). The following criteria applies: Annual income less than £200k; 10 employees or less; Only one person per organisation may use bursary place. Please email if interested.

Social Enterprise & Community Cafés – Joint Thematic SEN discussion (Glasgow, Wednesday 10th July)

Senscot is working with NHS Health Scotland to explore what role community café activity plays within social enterprise, examine issues around sustainability and consider different business models. Register here / more info .

Jobs and Funding

Latest Jobs and Funding Opportunities can be found here: