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.

Now is the time for sport to examine its role in ‘The Great Reset’ movement

The World Economic Forum has put forward a vision of a world reimagined to transform the pain of the Covid-19 pandemic into a positive change for all - and the question for us to consider is where can sport (and sports clubs) contribute? 

In the past few weeks alone, the influence of Gen Z has made the headlines. Marcus Rashford, the Manchester United striker and one of the most recognisable faces in European football, used his high-profile to pressure the government and help secure free school meals for children in the UK on or below the poverty line. 

While many of us might not feel like we can contribute to some of these issues in the way that Marcus Rashford can, sports clubs can undoubtedly play a key role in supporting communities and societies upon their return to some semblance of normality.

For example, new research has shown that physical activity amongst young people has dropped sharply during lockdown, with over two-thirds of those surveyed saying that they are now exercising less as a result of Covid-19, and that the lack of sporting opportunities was also impacting on their social lives. While many community organisations have been adapting to lockdown by providing mentoring and online activities, it is widely acknowledged that these do not provide the same range of benefits to young people’s wellbeing that social, group-based sport and activity does.

Now, with a green light to go ahead with some activities (check your governing body's guidance), we believe clubs across the country can play a leading role in not only helping to repair but also improve our communities.

Check out the resource section of this newsletter for Sport Scotland information on getting your sports facility ready for a return to action. And fear not, if your club isn't quite able to return, now might be the time to think about your club's sustainability going forward. Lockdown has been a great opportunity for clubs to assess their longer-term ambitions and visions. If you'd like support with this, incorporation, fundraising or almost anything else, don't hesitate to get in touch.

All the best, 
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.

Heart of the Community Fund | Virgin Money Foundation

To help local communities thrive every three months Virgin Money Lounges in Glasgow, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Norwich, Manchester, Cardiff and London to give three local community organisations the chance to receive £2,000 – with awards of £1,000 and £500 for two runners-up. The awards go to the community organisations with the most votes from Virgin Money customers and Virgin Money Lounge members. Funds can be used to buy materials and equipment, make improvements to a community building or sports facility, clean up an area of wasteland or support an event. The money could also pay for staff to run an activity.

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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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Our Services

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.


football3 for social change handbook

The football3 handbook is designed for any individual, group or organisation that is interested in using football as an educational tool, including programme managers, educators, coaches and young leaders.

The handbook comprises the following sections:

- Introduction

- Playing football3

- Beyond the pitch

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Getting your facilities fit for sport

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on the sporting sector in Scotland. We find ourselves living in difficult times where uncertainty is the new normal. We therefore need to think differently about how we plan for sport. This guidance is primarily intended for owners and operators of sports facilities, but it can be adapted to support other planning-based work being undertaken by clubs.

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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.

How healthy is your sports club?

Responsiball are assessing the future of sport will be and are inviting sports clubs to participate in a 5 minute survey.The goal of the survey is to gain a broader understanding of where sport currently is and if there is a growing sentiment for change. The results of the survey will be used to begin a wider discussion about how and where changes could be made.

  • Take the survey here

Gift Aid for your Sports Club

NCVO has joined a coalition of sector bodies calling on the government to temporarily boost the level of Gift Aid claimed on donations - from 25% to 33% - due to COVID19.

The cult German football club that wants to change the game forever

One club, tucked away in Germany's second tier, does things a little differently. St Pauli are Hamburg's unapologetically political team.

And now, at a time when many clubs will be left on the brink in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak, they offer a window on a more sustainable future in the modern game.

  • Read the full story here.


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. 

Why your sponsorship team needs a sustainability executive

Terry Cecil, the president and chief executive of the International Sponsor Council, explains the growing importance of sustainability expertise in sponsorship

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THE POWER OF FOOTBALL with Jamie Swinney (Stenhousemuir FC)

In their 'Power of Football' podcast series, the Scottish FA spoke to Jamie Swinney, CEO of Stenhousemuir FC. In the episode, they talk about the creation of the club's community arm and their involvement with the Tryst community sports club.

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