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.

Club Development Scotland December Newsletter

A couple of months ago we launched a new fundraising service for clubs whereby we can help clubs identify and apply for funding to support their activities. We're often asked about undertaking this type of work on a commission basis, but feel this can be a bad move for the following reasons: 

  • It can be very off-putting and pressuring for donors and funders
  • It's incompatible with good fundraising techniques and ignores the conditions required for long-term success
  • It actually works against smaller organisations who might be most tempted to try it

We work in a different way. For £275 (& VAT) a month, we'll help you:

  • Identify, agree and write strong bids to funders 
  • Review, update and develop organisational policies
  • Provide monthly updates on new funding opportunities

Get in touch to see how we can help you straight away.


Children in Need

Children in Need's Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year for up to 3 years.

Check the information below to see if your project should apply and that you meet their minimum standards for grantmaking.

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Google for Non-profits

Did you know sports clubs registered as charities could benefit from as much as $10,000 USD of in-kind advertising every month from Google Ads, an online advertising solution from Google?

You can use the support to recruit more volunteers, attract more donations and share your story with audiences all over the globe.

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An update of what is happening in our world and beyond.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance Releases General Election Manifesto

The Sport and Recreation Alliance has released its General Election Manifesto which calls on political parties to put sport and recreation at the heart of the policy agenda:

1. Extend the ring-fenced sugar tax funding for school sport to make sure our children are active every day.

2. Make it mandatory for local authorities to invest in sport and physical activity in their communities.

3. Secure the long-term sustainability of the sector beyond Brexit by boosting sport’s share of the National Lottery good causes income to 25%.

4. Undertake a nationwide audit of sport and recreation facilities

5. Continue to invest in hosting major events and elite sporting success.


Data Collection Template from Sported

Collecting on your clubs' work enables you to:

• Make informed conclusions about your work 

• Improve your service delivery

• Demonstrate your reach and impact to stakeholders

Sported have produced a Data Collection Template which enables groups to track and measure attendance and activities, basic demographics of beneficiaries, and key ‘Sport for Development’ outcomes,

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Facility Development

Facility Development is important for a number of reasons:

• Improving the facilities offered to supporters. For example, the provision of additional seating, facilities for disabled supporters, covered areas or improved toilet facilities enhance the match day experience.

• Developing the clubhouse and other spaces for non match day revenue can provide additional finance streams to clubs improving their financial viability.

• Installing 3G pitches, at a stadium or training area, enables wider community use and generates additional revenue.

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Stuff We're Loving This Month

Here's a small selection of things we've seen clubs up to over the past month which may give your own club some ideas.

Juventus: The modern superclub taking a ‘business-like’ approach to sustainability

After rebuilding its reputation following the ‘Calciopoli’ saga, the iconic Italian football team has made the UN Sustainable Development Goals a key part of its off-pitch activities

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Are football fans beginning to expect high environmental standards from their clubs?

The Sport Positive Sustainability Table ranked Premier League clubs based on environmental performance. But do the fans really care?

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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. 

What Makes A Great Volunteer Experience?

The latest Club Natters podcast gets under the skin of what makes a great volunteer experience and provides tips on how you can embed these in your organisations.

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Forest Green Rovers’ Dale Vince on creating the most sustainable sports club in the world

The renewable energy entrepreneur and club chairman talks about his journey transforming a struggling football club into a brand synonymous with environmental stewardship

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