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.

September Newsletter | What's your organisation's R number?

Welcome to our September 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 opinion pieces regarding how COVID-19 might reshape the sporting landscape in Scotland and which sports might be best placed to take advantage of such changes. There is also some consideration as to how your sports organisation might envisage it's own 'R' number and how it might help leadership teams get ahead of problems.

We also feature news of 'Coaching Week' led by UKCoaching, to be held September 14-20. In the organisation’s ‘Coaching in the UK 2019’ research – carried out by YouGov – nearly a quarter of all coaches said a major barrier to them coaching was a lack of support from employers, clubs or national governing bodies, and over 40% said they do not have access to someone who can support them in their coaching role, ie a mentor or coach developer. Additionally, a Twitter poll, conducted by UK Coaching at the height of the lockdown, showed that over 30% of coaches felt they received ‘no support’ during the outbreak. Find out how to celebrate your coaches during UK Coaching week below. 

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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The National Lottery Community Fund - (Scotland) - Young Start

Young Start is a grants programme that distributes money from dormant bank accounts. They will support a wide range of projects for up to three years that will make children and young people aged 8 to 24 confident, healthy, connected or enterprising.

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The Sportsman's Charity

Founded in 1983 The Sportsman's Charity has a reputation for running first-class events and distributing funds to a wide range of primarily Scottish charities working in the fields of sport, children and young people, disability and the disadvantaged. As well as supporting some of the larger established charities, The Sportsman's Charity takes a special interest in smaller organisations for which a modest donation can make all the difference.

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The Neil Mackenzie Trust

Supports the advancement of education and public participation in sport by assisting individuals to participate in physical outdoor activities in Scotland and other countries, assisting individuals to learn about the history and culture of Scotland and other countries, assisting individuals with training in outdoor skills.

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“From the first contact between us as a Club and Club Development Scotland to the end, the advice, information, and service was superb. We can’t speak highly enough of the team and would have no concerns in recommending Club Development Scotland to other clubs and associations. If required, we will certainly be going back.”

– Calum Doctor, Chairman, Kennoway Star Hearts FC


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 about our specialist support.


What's your organisation's R Number?

The concept of an R number – used by governments during the coronavirus crisis to predict the number of future cases – is applicable to businesses. Every organisation knows that what we achieve in June is not just the outcome of what we did in June, and sports organisations are no different. Having a business-wide ‘R number’, which tells us the likely future direction of travel of our results, can help leadership teams get ahead of problems before they escalate.

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Measuring your club's social value and where to start

Measuring the social impact of your sports club is important for a number of reasons, such as helping to articulate the value of the club to important stakeholders like funders and local community groups, leading to a range of benefits such as better partnerships, increased investment and more volunteers

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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.

Golf Leading Way In Re-Thinking Future For Scottish Sport

COVID-19 will ravage the sport, leisure and recreation in Scottish communities, with a raft of facilities expected to either never re-open or close in 2020-21. But golf is one sport reacting ambitiously by finding another way to deliver public services that could increase participation.

Find out how here.

Alliance and ukactive call for VAT support for sport and physical activity sector

The Sport and Recreation Alliance and ukactive have called on the government to extend to the sport and physical activity sector the same VAT reduction provided to the hospitality, accommodation and culture sectors to help the industry to survive through COVID-19.

Find out more here

'Support your Coach' is Coaching Week Call

'Support your coach' will be the theme for UK Coaching Week 2020. The annual awareness campaign, led by UK Coaching, will take place this year on September 14-20 and kick off with a #GreatCoachingPledge calling on the nation to give thanks and support for the coaching community.

UK Coaching say sport and physical activity will be integral to the nation’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic because of the positive impact it has on people’s mental and physical wellbeing, and the coaching workforce has been instrumental in supporting people to stay active during and after lockdown.

To find out more and make your pledge to ‘Support your coach’, visit

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