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.

January Newsletter - Lotto Setup Support Service Launched!

We are pleased to announce we're now supporting clubs across the country raise essential income to support their valuable work through club lotteries.

Every sports club can raise money from a lottery to help generate extra money to help them grow. But running a lottery is time consuming and has to be done properly. We provide the easy, low risk and low administration solution to the normally costly and time consuming process of setting up and running a local lottery.

Decades of experience in administration, commercial operation and technical knowhow of local lotteries is combined to support your fundraising activities on a bespoke lottery portal.

Designed by experienced users, your own portal is branded to give the feel of your club and to operate in the most effective manner of balancing economic benefits with minimum effort.


Here are two 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.

John Watson's Trust

The Trust awards grants for educational purposes to children and young people under the age of 21 who have a physical or learning disability, or who are socially disadvantaged. Grants are available to individuals or organisations working with eligible children and young people. Although the Trust operates primarily within Edinburgh and the Lothians, grants may be awarded Scotland wide depending on each individual case.

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Erasmus+ Programme - Sport (2014-2020)

The Sport Chapter of the Erasmus Plus Programme aims to support European partnerships on grassroots sport in order to tackle cross-border threats to the integrity of sport, promote and support good governance in sport and to promote voluntary activities in sport, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity, through increased participation in, and equal access to sport for all.

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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.

Prescribing Activity Same As Prescribing Drugs Say MSPs

MSPs have recommended a change in medical thinking in Scotland by placing social prescriptions on the same level as medical prescriptions and stating that the funding of sport and physical activity more than pays for itself as a valuable investment in the health of the nation. Read more here.

Clubs pilot 'Social Value Bank'

The Harlequins Foundation, the independent charity of Premiership Rugby club Harlequins, has revealed details of 'SportVB' - an online Social Value Bank which enables sports organisations to assess, record and value the impact of their community activity. Read more here.

5 New Clubs Join Dad Programme

Five more football clubs are to join the innovative ‘Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered’ programme.

Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered – also known as ‘DAD’ – is a programme that was originally designed by the University of Newcastle in Australia, and was introduced to the UK last year by the Fatherhood Institute in partnership with Women in Sport and the English Football League Trust.

The 90-minute programme is delivered once a week and encourages fathers or father-figures to support their daughters' physical confidence and competence, whilst challenge gender stereotyping. It aims to gets girls aged five to 11 involved in shaping how their families get active together. Read more here.


Check out this selection of resources to help you grow a winning club!

Evaluation planning template

This template is a simple tool to help you plan your monitoring and evaluation. It makes you set out the indicators appropriately for each outcome and then work out how you are going to gather the information you need.

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Trusted Charity Essentials

Trusted Charity Essentials is a free online tool designed especially for charities as a way to do a basic health check on how your organisation is performing, identifying strengths and areas for development.

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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. 

Impact of Sport in Communities

Local Trust has released a podcast which examines the role of sport in uniting and changing communities for the better.

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Muhammad Yunus on growing social businesses through sport

The father of social business, alongside Yunus Sports Hub co-founder Yoan Noguier, explains how major sports events can be leveraged to grow the social entrepreneurship sector

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