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.

Fundraising during Covid-19

During the outbreak of Covid-19, we're aiming to ensure that the disruptive impact on sports clubs is kept to a minimum, particularly on vital club finances.

With what would be a busy time of activity for clubs and fundraising coming up, we know there may be a hole in much needed and anticipated income. 

However, while clubs should continue to avoid social interactions, that doesn't need to completely derail club fundraising activity.

Club Lottery

One way to plug the gap caused by the recent weeks of inactivity maybe the startup of a Club Lottery. Running a lottery is often very time-consuming. However, earlier this year, we launched an easy, low risk and low administration solution to the normally costly and time-consuming process.

Decades of experience in administration, commercial operation and technical knowhow of local lotteries are 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.

And with limited activity taking place, what better time to get your club set up with a steady stream of recurring income?


Here are some 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.

Covid-19 Support

The UK and Scottish Governments have announced a range of measures to assist small businesses (including sports clubs) to cope with the consequences of the pandemic including:

  1. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme;
  2. Deferral of VAT and Income Tax payments;
  3. Statutory Sick Pay relief for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs);
  4. Business rates relief;
  5. Small business grant funding of £10-25,000;
  6. A Business Interruption Loan Scheme to support viable businesses with cash-flow pressures;
  7. Self Employment Income Support Scheme;
  8. HMRC Time To Pay Scheme.
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Alec Dickson Trust

The COVID-19 global pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on individuals and communities. Youth volunteering has an important role to play as part of society’s response to this issue. To help young people to volunteer in response to COVID-19 the Alec Dickson Trust has set up this call for applications.

The Trust welcomes applications of up to £1,000 from UK-based volunteering or community service projects, organised and run by people under 30 years old, which directly or indirectly respond to COVID-19. 

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BasketballScotland Club advice: Finance

Sports clubs will face varying degrees of financial issues and uncertainty due to COVID-19. BasketballScotland have written up some excellent support for club leaders regarding the operation of finances during this difficult time. It includes advice and support on:

  • Membership Income 
  • Reduced membership or ‘Scholarships’ 
  • The ‘Robin Hood Model’ 
  • GoFundMe 
  • Pay Forward 
  • Long Term Membership Loans 
  • Easyfundraising 
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Fundraising is a vital aspect of any club’s remit and questions of how to effectively fundraise, sources of funding and suitable projects for clubs to raise funds for is one that is debated.

We have put together a fundraising guide to offer some ideas and suggestions as to the best way forward when your Trust is planning its next fundraising drive.

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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.

A new world offers sport an opportunity to restart in a new way

As we move into a new world, many industries will have an opportunity to restart in a new way – and sport is no exception. 

There is an opportunity for sport to move beyond simply ‘rebooting’ its old profit-focused way of doing business and rather emerge from this forced isolation period with a renewed focus on doing good while doing well. 

Impact Of COVID-19 On Sport Survey

The Observatory for Sport in Scotland (OSS) has launched the first in a series of monthly surveys investigating the impact of COVID-19 on Scottish community sport in all shapes and forms, aimed at local authorities, leisure trusts, sports bodies and clubs. 

Maureen McGonigle: Sport is on hold but its power to change is not

In her weekly 'The National' column, Maureen McGonigle, founder of Scottish Women in Sport, reminds us of sports' power to change lives and society for the better. 

"What this situation has shown is how important sport and physical activity is to our lives. It further cements the role of the “sport for change” organisations which continue to support those in most need."


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 are Scottish Football Clubs Up To During Lockdown?

The Scottish FA's Club Services Manager Danny Bisland joined the organisation's podcast they looked at what clubs had been up to during the Coronavirus lockdown. Danny covers what clubs have been doing in the community, while co-hosts Chris and Michael look at revenue generation and social media content.

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Managing your sport organisation’s vulnerability to climate change

Leagues, teams and federations may not be in a position to halt or slow down climate issues, but they can prepare themselves to mitigate negative impacts by using the right strategies, says Madeleine Orr in this episode of the Sustainability Report podcast. 

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