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.

Attracting Sponsors to your Sports Club. Watch our webinar with SNAP Sponsorship here.

Welcome to the CDS Newsletter,

Even before COVID19, over 60,000 sports clubs in the UK were operating at either a financial break-even point or at a deficit (My Club, 2020).

This drills home the need for clubs to bring in new sources of income. Sponsorship can form a vital form of income for any club and the question of how to attain and retain sponsors is one that is regularly discussed – but one we sought to answer in our webinar with SNAP Sponsorship.

Mark and Will from SNAP took attendees through how clubs can attract sponsorship, even during a global pandemic, using examples from Scottish clubs Dyce Rugby Club and Watsonians Cricket Club.

They also walk us through the SNAP Sponsorship platform which allows clubs to market their opportunities and attract sponsors too.

You can catch up by watching the webinar below. 

If you like the look of the SNAP Sponsorship platform, you can sign up now at

Use the code 'clubdevelopmentscotland' to get 12 months for the price of 11 when you sign up to SNAP Sponsorship platform.

News & What We're Reading

OSS To Launch Major Disability And Sport Research

The Observatory for Sport in Scotland will launch a first major research project into sport and disability in Scotland in 20 years when it partners up with Scottish Disability Sport and a wide range of stakeholders to investigate barriers to activity for more than 20% of the population currently registered with a disability.

Pandemic has 'exacerbated inequalities', claims programme manager

The Covid-19 pandemic has “exacerbated existing inequalities” according to the manager of a leading grassroots community sports programme.

'Pivotal role' for sport in recovery

Sport can play a “pivotal role” in the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Scotland’s Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing.

Activity levels for children drop as restrictions take hold

Sport England have released the latest Active Lives Children and Young People Survey report which demonstrates the negative impact that COVID-19 has had on activity levels among younger people.


Our Club Lotto

In this podcast, we speak to David Alexander, Operations Director of Our Club Lotto, a white label lottery platform available to clubs across the UK.

In the podcast we discuss how clubs can use Our Club Lotto to generate funds for their work and ask for best practice when it comes to encouraging sign ups.

You can find out more about Our Club Lotto by visiting

My Club Hub

In this episode of the podcast we speak to John Cleisham about My Club Hub, a platform which helps volunteers involved in the running of sports clubs effectively run and govern their organisations.

In the podcast we discuss why John started MCH, how clubs can benefit from it, some of the successes the business has enjoyed to date and some of the future plans he has in terms of functionality and features.

The Scottish Football Partnership & Trust

In this week's podcast we speak to Stuart McCaffrey, Chief Operating Officer at the Scottish Football Partnership & Trust, about the huge level of support the organisation's has provided Scottish football with since starting in 2000. We also chat about Stuart's transition from playing professionally with the likes of St Johnstone, Inverness and Morton to working behind the scenes of the game and ask him for some top tips for funding applications. You can find out more about the support offered by both the Trust and Partnership by visiting

Deveronvale Community FC

In this episode of the Club Development Scotland we speak to Kevin Stewart, chairman of Deveronvale Community Club, winners of the Scottish FA’s 2020 Community Club of the Year. We discuss the club’s response to the COVID19 crisis and the setup of ‘The Hub’, created to support vulnerable members of the local community.

We were also recently delighted to support Deveronvale Community Club in their application for charitable status

Grant Funding

Clubs can look to raise significant capital for funding through their own independent fundraising methods but often there are funders who support community projects and may make suitable funding partners for your project.

Here are some of the newest funds your club may be eligible to apply for.

If you're looking for support with your fundraising, get in touch.

Peter Harrison Foundation - Opportunities Through Sport

The Trustees of this fund wish to support sporting activities or projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and to develop other personal and life skills.

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The Bill McLaren Foundation

The Bill McLaren Foundation aims to support individuals and organisations to actively promote and develop rugby union and its values, as personified by Bill McLaren and by providing opportunities for youngsters in other sports.

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Fundraising is an important aspect of any club's success. Check out some ways you can raise valuable income here. If you're looking for support with your fundraising, get in touch.

My Club Hub

Volunteering can be a busy and thankless task so whether it’s managing day to day duties or maintaining a compliant club, supported by nearly 250 design features, your time and effort needn’t be stretched with My Club Hub's membership and payment system. Get in touch for more information. 

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SNAP Sponsorship Support

SNAP helps clubs promote sponsorship opportunities to a wider audience while sharing best practices when it comes to negotiating and securing sponsorship, all within one easy-to-use platform. Use the promo code "clubdevelopmentscotland" at checkout and enjoy 12 months of support for the price of 11 (+ keep 100% of your sponsorship)

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Fundraising with Fantastic Fanatics

Fantastic Fanatics (FF) is a great new way to raise funds for your club, at no extra cost, when you shop, eat out, book hotels and lots more.

Clubs can sign up to the FF platform here and start earning money straight away - don't forget to select Club Development Scotland as your governing body for an extra 10% income. 

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Our Club Lotto

Small club lotteries are a powerful and sustainable way for organisations to raise funds for their core activities or larger projects.

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


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Resources For Your Club

Does your governing document allow virtual meetings?

Throughout the pandemic, one of the ongoing challenges for charity trustees has been how they can govern their charities well despite not being able to get together face-to-face around the board table. 

It doesn’t matter whether your charity is a company, a SCIO, an unincorporated organisation or anything else.  Having the ‘virtual’ provision there can only be a good thing in terms of the resilience of your charity going forwards. Check this guidance from OSCR for more. 

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Developing a Plan for Financial Sustainability

Sometimes, it seems like community work has a high price tag, and no one wants to foot the bill. There is so much change we want to see happen, but our finances are in such a sorry state that we're just trying to maintain what we've done so far. 

This guide looks at the basics of planning for the financial sustainability of your organization. It discusses what it means, why do it, and how to do it. 

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