Sport SEN Newsletter – September 2019

Welcome to the September Sport SEN newsletter.

Earlier this month, the Scottish Government launched its Programme for Government 2019-2020, with a focus on climate change, mental health and substance abuse. Also included was a pledge to create a new Community Sport Bond worth up to £5m. The Bond will empower communities and groups and strengthen local decision-making by giving groups the chance to acquire a share or control of their local sports club. To be eligible to apply for the Bond, groups must show clear community focus and support and, in particular, demonstrate how involvement in the running of their club would be used to support women and girls’ participation in sports. As yet there are little details as to how the Bond will be delivered, but we will pass on any updates when we receive them.


Our SE Conference, in partnership with Social Firms Scotland and Scottish Community Alliance, will be taking place on 25th/26th November 2019 – again at the Westerwood Hotel. Last week, we announced that Neil McInroyCentre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) – will be one of our keynote speakers. Here’s the draft programme for the two-day event – focusing on community wealth and wellbeing – and the opportunities and challenges for local social/community enterprises. We are now accepting bookings – see booking form – and will be populating the event page over the coming weeks.

We are working in partnership with Social Firms Scotland, the Scottish Community Alliance and local Social Enterprise Networks are hosting events around the country to allow everyone in the sector to feed into the new three-year Social Enterprise Action Plan. The next event is on Thursday 24th October at the Broomhouse Centre in Edinburgh. This is a good opportunity to give your input into how the social enterprise strategy should be implemented over the next three years. See details.

Nominations are now open for the Sunday Mail sportscotland Scottish Sports Awards. There is a total of 11 categories open for nominations, including Local Hero Award, Local Club of the Year and the School Sport Award. The 2019 ceremony will take place on 5 December at the Doubletree by Hilton Glasgow Central. Share with networks and partners and nominate by 1 October 2019.
The next #SportHour conversation will take place on Monday 7th October from 9-10pm, with nutrition in sport selected as this month’s topic for discussion. Questions will be available the week before the online event, check the sportscotland website for more details.

The Strategic Partnership Fund is open for applications. The Fund is a collaboration between Social Enterprise Academy and the Scottish Government, seeking to make learning and development more affordable to community groups and social enterprise networks. You can find out more information here.

Members News

Clydebank Community Sports Hub is looking to hire a new full-time Hub Manager for its new £5m multi-sport and community spaces facility. The new Hub Manager will build on the success of the implementation phase to drive growth in the partner groups, user numbers, health and well-being opportunities and drive operational effectiveness to release the full potential of the facility and hub vision. See details.

Kingdom Off Road Motorcycle Club is set to collaborate with Brag Enterprises on a new programme to keep communities in Fife safer. The On The Right Trax programme includes riding electric and petrol motorcycles and building an electric Formula 24 car and racing it at East Fortune against competitors from across Scotland.

Also, Kingdom Off Road is launching a new repair and maintenance workshop with £20k of continued Robertson Trust funding over the next two years. They are looking for volunteer tradesmen to help them bring the building up to a good standard, if you know anyone who could help, please contact David Paton on

Mid Argyll Community Pool has teamed up with Paths for All to launch a programme of ‘Healthy Walks’ this autumn and winter. There are four weekly walks in total which aim to get members of the community both out and about and meeting new people. There will be a walk for pushchairs and also one aimed at improving stability and reducing the risk of falls. See more details here.

Scotland All Strong has developed a fitness programme to help young adults build fitness, confidence and self-esteem. They will be working with youth groups from Perth Autism Support, as well as Services for Young People @Scott Street, to support 16-19-year-olds not in employment, education or training. See details.


We’re very pleased to announce that Cabinet Secretary, Aileen Campbell will be participating at our Conference on 25th /26th Nov at the Westerwood, near Cumbernauld. Jointly hosted with Social Firms Scotland and Scottish Community Alliance – our central theme will be ‘Building Community Wealth and Wellbeing – the Role for Social and Community Enterprise’. Keynote speakers, Neil McInroy (CLES) will explore the key principles of Community Wealth Building (CWB) – withNorth Ayrshire Council giving their own perspective as they pilot CWB in their area. TheDraft Programme will continue to be updated in the weeks’ ahead. Places are filling up so, to avoid missing out, here’s the registration form.

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