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.

October Newsletter | Can Community Sport Help Prevent Virus Spread?

Welcome to our October newsletter, 

If you're new to our newsletter, please take a little time to look through the resources, funding information and news we share throughout on a monthly basis.  

In this month's edition, we share an opinion piece that examines how community sport may have a part to play in tackling the spread of COVID-19 . We also look at how organisations can ensure relilience in the face of the pandemic; plus news of a joint project between the SFA and Zero Waste Scotland aiming to reduce energy costs for clubs.

One of the articles of interest this month is a reminder of the importance of thinking ahead. The challenges of the pandemic are unprecedented, not only for sport but for all of society. With this in mind, it is more important than ever to ensure that clubs are looking forwards and making decisions that are in the long term interest of their organisation.

As always, please do get in touch if we can help the development of your club via our services, including support with club lotteries, incorporation, community asset transfers, gift aid, membership and payment systems and more. 

Best wishes,

The CDS Team


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

Clubs and teams like you have raised £4 million with easyfundraising

Easyfundraising has helped clubs and teams like yours raise over £4 million in FREE donations. This extra funding is helping cover the cost of new kit, equipment, running costs and so much more!

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SVCO - Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme

The Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme aims to support charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations that are supporting people and communities through the shift from lockdown to recovery.

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Glasgow Life - Sports Organisation Support Covid-19 Fund

The Sports Organisation Support fund delivers funding to those sports clubs and organisations requiring an injection of cash to help them emerge from short term financial hardship and costs associated with restarting sports activities under social distancing guidelines. It will support clubs who do not have sufficient reserves and have exhausted funding from Government or Local Authority initiatives.

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Localgiving - Magic Little Grants

In association with Postcode Community Trust, the fund provides local charities and community groups the opportunity to access funding to deliver engaging physical activities, which help to overcome barriers to participation. The aim of the fund is to support the work of organisations that are engaging hard to reach individuals, encouraging them to take part in physical activity to help improve their physical health.

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How to build organisational resilience - Video

The Alliance governance team has joined forces with insurance specialists Howden to explore organisational resilience.

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Autumn and Winter Activity Toolkit

Research has shown that Covid-19 has made it harder for people to get active. To help you motivate the people in your communities to continue to be active over Autumn and Winter, Sport England have produced a Toolkit packed with resources.

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News, Ideas & Opinions

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

Can Community Sport Help Prevent Virus Spread?

One of Scottish rugby’s leading club coaches has called for the Scottish Government to grasp the ability of community sport to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

In an article published today (Friday 25 September) by The Offside Line, journalist David Barnes interviewed Mark Cairns, head coach of the Currie Chieftains. The Edinburgh club has developed one of the most successful youth academies in the past 20 years and, in the week that the RFU postponed the return of community rugby in England until January, Cairns explained how that could worsen the coronavirus by sending lots of disillusioned youngsters with little to do and no focus to their spare time. Instead, he said, the recent return to training had brought a new discipline to teenagers and ability to guide them through Covid-19 rules.

Find out more here.

Time for some R&R: Realism and Resilience

Not many organisations could have predicted the emergence of a global pandemic in their lifetime – some though, would have prepared.

The British Standards Institution defines organisational resilience as “the ability of an organisation to anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions in order to survive and prosper.”

In recent times, we have seen a demanding need for organisational resilience, and realistically, it is up to the board to execute this.

Find out more here

Scottish FA and Zero Waste Scotland aim to reduce energy costs for clubs

The Scottish FA and Zero Waste Scotland have teamed up to offer free environmental support to football clubs across the country, in a move that could save clubs thousands of pounds every year.

By receiving guidance to help identify ways of reducing energy, recycling, water and waste management costs, football clubs could benefit from a financial lifeline, whilst becoming more eco-friendly through the reduction of operational carbon emissions.



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– Calum Doctor, Chairman, Kennoway Star Hearts FC

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