The Club Development Scotland newsletter is a monthly newsletter produced to support community sport groups in achieving their aims and objectives through the facilitation of best practice and services.

Club Development Scotland October Newsletter

Welcome to our October's update.

September was another busy month for the team as we headed around the country speaking to numerous clubs about the support we're able to offer, including incorporation as a charity and registration for Gift Aid (also the focus of one of our highlighted podcasts).

If you'd like to hear more about how we can help you grow a winning club, please do get in touch.

Featured in this month's newsletter is the latest in our series of Club Development Scotland videos where we visited Maryhill FC to discuss the importance of volunteering to the club. We also share articles about sports clubs, stadia and their impact on biodiversity alongside a couple of very insightful podcasts which are well worth your time.

We hope you enjoy it! 

News & Publications

An update of what is happening in our world and beyond.

ALL IN: How to make an impact on gender equality in sport

“ALL IN: Towards gender balance in sport" is a comprehensive toolkit that aims to provide support to public authorities and sport organisations when designing programmes addressing gender inequalities in sport. Definitely worth checking out for any club looking to engage more women and girls in their activities.

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Can sports venues have a positive impact on the natural environment?

A guide published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) seeks to examine the impact stadiums and arenas have on biodiversity. Can such construction projects help the environmental cause, rather than hinder it? The Sustainability Report takes a closer look at the role of stadia and the environment.

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CDS Visits...Maryhill FC

Earlier this year, one of Scotland’s oldest non-league football clubs warned it may have to fold without new committee members getting involved in the running of the club. Maryhill FC was founded in 1884 and currently play in the junior West Region league division one. Famous former players include ex-Celtic and Scotland legend Tommy Burns and Jim Duffy, the ex-Celtic and Patrick Thistle player and now Dumbarton manager. We spoke to the club about their volunteer recruitment drive and the value of volunteers to football in Scotland.


We listen to numerous podcasts every month to gain valuable insight and knowledge about trends for sports clubs. Here's a couple you may be interested in. 

Your 101 guide to the Community Amateur Sports Club Scheme

Here is a great podcast from the guys at the Sport and Recreation Alliance in which they dive into the Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) Scheme which allows local amateur sports clubs to register with HMRC and benefit from a range of tax and giving benefits, including Gift Aid. If you're interested in registering your CASC or charitable club for Gift Aid, please get in touch

Listen Here

Handling Board Meetings: Be a Woody not a Buzz

What really goes on in a boardroom? By drawing on the real-life experiences of social purpose leaders, this podcast from Pioneers Post aims to challenge the conventional thinking and outdated governance practices seen all too often in today’s boardrooms. Some valuable learning and experiences for clubs and their governance here.

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