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.

Volunteers Week is Here!

Covid-19 has reaffirmed volunteering as a way of strengthening communities & tackling feelings of isolation.

Volunteers Week, which takes place from June 1-7, is an ideal time for clubs to take advantage of the new-found appreciation for volunteering.

Why not check out our guidance on volunteering and try implementing our simple 9 step plan at your club? You can also use the Sport and Recreation Alliance's Volunteer finding tool to help promote opportunities you may have at your club. See below for more details. 

Beyond volunteering, this newsletter also looks at funding opportunities your club may want to consider applying to, along with guidance around governance to help you through the lockdown. Speaking of which, check out the Observatory for Sport's breakdown of the Scottish Government's 4 step process and what it means for clubs here


Here are some funding opportunities your club may want to consider applying to. As always, if you're looking for support with your fundraising, get in touch.

Baillie Gifford Community Awards Programme

The Baillie Gifford grants programme supports grass roots community organisations across the whole of Scotland. It replaces Foundation Scotland’s Express Grants programme. Priorities for the programme are: children and families, elderly people, education, environment, health, people who are physically disabled, homelessness, women and grass roots sports.

The 2020 deadlines are 24 August & 2 November.

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Scotmid - Community Grant

Small, one-off grants are available for the benefit of local communities around Scotmid stores. Activities should focus on one of the following categories: children/education; health (eg. promotion of healthy eating); Fairtrade; homelessness/poverty; arts & culture; environment; elderly; active lifestyles (eg. encouraging exercise/fitness/sport).

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Our Services

Here are some funding opportunities your club may want to consider applying to. As always, if you're looking for support with your fundraising, get in touch about our specialist support.


How strong governance can help you fight the virus

There is no escaping the impact of the coronavirus. Cancellations, suspensions and disruption is now taking place across the whole sector.

With ramifications as yet unknown, the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Head of Governance, Vijaya Panangipalli takes a look at how strong governance can help your sports club in these uncertain times.

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Find the perfect volunteer to keep your club moving

To celebrate Volunteers Week, The Sport and Recreation Alliance has relaunched their Volunteer Opportunity Finder to make it as easy as possible for clubs to connect with a network of people looking to get involved, learn new skills & make a difference to those around them.

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Getting your facilities fit for sport

This guidance is primarily intended for owners and operators of sports facilities, however it can be adapted to support other planning based work being undertaken by sports, clubs and community organisations as they plan and prepare for when sport can resume. It is applicable to indoor and outdoor sport and can be either used in whole or in part depending on individual circumstances.

News & Ideas

Here's a selection of stories from our world and beyond that might give your club some ideas for new activities or programmes.

Scottish Sport To Return From Lockdown – The Guidelines

Sport is on its way back … but still with ‘physical’ distancing as part of activity.

Check out what the Scottish Government's four-stage process means for sports clubs. 

Sports Providing Relief for Families, Says Survey

Sport and physical activity have played a key role in helping families come through the Coronavirus lockdown, a survey found this week.

The report by the England and Wales Cricket Board found that 53% of parents surveyed are spending more time doing physical activities with their children than before the lockdown and 61% plan to continue exercising as a family after lockdown ends.


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. 

Authenticity: an essential component for sport sponsorship

In the latest Sustainability Report podcast, T. Bettina Cornwell explains how sports organisations can seek out partners with similar values, and why the wrong fit – no matter how commercially lucrative – can be disastrous for brand image.

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Agenda Item One: Fish and chips on the porch

Our their podcast series, The Pioneers Post, led by Bob Thust of Practical Governance, reads between the lines of the traditional board meeting minutes to explore what’s really going on. In this episode: excuses we make not to invite the people we’re meant to be supporting to join our board.

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