Sport SEN Newsletter – March 2019

Welcome to March’s Sports SEN newsletter.
We look forward to partnering with a number of organisations, including sportscotland and Scottish Sports Association, to support Sports Marketing Network’s annual conference which will explore ideas about how to put sports clubs at the centre of communities in Scotland. We also hope that Sport SEN members will take advantage of discounted rates for the conference – and hope to see many familiar faces there!

Best wishes,

Kim & Eddie




Scottish society needs community sports clubs, hubs and other providers to prosper. We need them to be places where people will want to play and exercise and become involved. They should generally become hubs for their communities, in short, become places ‘where people live their lives’. Senscot is delighted to be supporting ‘The role of Sport and physical activity in Scotland’ event hosted by Sports Marketing Network on 18th June in Stirling – we have a number of discounted places (£60) for Sport SEN members which will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis (one per organisation) – contact for more information.


Throughout April, sportscotland will be leading the conversation on the topic of changing lives through sport and physical activity. This will help raise the profile of how sport can intentionally be used to change the lives of individuals and communities and support understanding and sharing of good practice nationally. Join in the discussion on social media by using the hashtag #ChangingLivesThroughSport. 17 funded projects will also launch across Scotland as part of the Changing Lives Through Sport and Physical Activity Fund, a partnership between the Scottish Government, sportscotland, the Robertson Trust and Spirit of 2012. More details regarding the 17 funded projects can be found here.


Another tranche of funding was announced last week from the Robertson Trust, sees 26 organisations sharing circa £500k – under the themes of: Care and Wellbeing; Strengthening Communities; and Realising Potential. Good to see a few Sport SEN members as beneficiaries, including Fairfield Sports & Leisure Club and Newton Stewart Rugby Football Club.


Midlothian Council has extended the funding for its Sports Shed for another ten weeks, bringing the length of the trial to 18 weeks in total. The Sports Shed is for men who want to get more active in a supportive environment while developing their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. It is free of charge and open to any men, any age, any experience, who just want to get together and play sport. Sessions are every Thursday morning from 10am to 12pm a the Gorebridge Leisure Centre. Contact for more information.


Nine LEADER areas have come together to support the long-term resilience of local businesses and communities through a partnership with Crowdfunder UK. The project aims to help businesses and community groups in rural areas gain skills and confidence in crowdfunding techniques. There are currently three Crowdfund UK coaches working in Greater Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, Kelvin Valley & Falkirk, Lanarkshire, West Lothian, Scottish Borders and Tyne Esk – with more staff to cover Rural Perth and Kinross, Fife and Forth Valley and Stirling coming soon. If you would like more information about the project, contact the Crowdfund Scotland team on


Member/Partner News 


Partick Thistle Charitable Trust will be running a football camp for children to improve their skills and make new friends at the Firhill complex in Glasgow. The camp is structured with different football themes each day, working on teamwork, skills, fair play and communication. The camp runs from 1t to 12th April, with morning and afternoon sessions available. Prices start from £70 with a bus option available. See details.


Street Fit Scotland has released its impact report and financial accounts for 2017-2018, which details the SEN member’s activities and achievements over the period and includes a feedback survey of its participants. Street Fit Scotland delivers a programme of  health, fitness and wellbeing that aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness for people who are living in all homeless accommodation or who have experienced homelessness or who are vulnerably housed. Read the report here.


Transition Extreme Sports announced this week that a further six young adults have graduated from its 9th ‘Extreme Academy’. The Extreme Academy is an 11-week programme that supports young people in increasing their employability skills and helps personal development through extreme sports such climbing, BMXing and skateboarding. Transition Extreme appeared as a case study in our recent Senscot Briefing – Social Enterprise: Creating Wellbeing in Communities.




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.


The Healthier Lives Data Fund is now open for applications. The fund is looking to support ‘innovative digital technologies that make data available and useful to citizens, helping them lead healthier and more independent lives’. Read more.


Sportscotland’s Sports Facilities Fund’s next deadline is 1st April 2019. The fund supports capital projects that create or improve places where people take part in sport and physical activity. Find out more.


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.




Senscot is partnering with Museums Galleries Scotland to host a webinar exploring the overlap between the social enterprise and heritage sectors. The webinar will include a mythbusting exercise with Senscot director Aidan Pia and an interview with special guest David Mann of the Scottish Maritime Museum. See details and register.


Employability SEN meeting (Monday 29th April, Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow). Hosted by Social Firms Scotland, this will include input from Pegs Bailey (Fife Voluntary Action) on the project findings of Delivering Differently, an 18-month review of mental health and employability in Fife; aiming to improve employment outcomes for people with mental health problems in the area. Register here.


Joint Thematic SEN discussion on Culture and Health & Wellbeing (Thursday 28th March 2-4pm, The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh, EH12 5AP). In partnership with Edinburgh Social Enterprise, we’re hosting a meeting for all SEN members interested in exploring the role of culture and the arts in improving health and wellbeing. Register 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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