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 November Newsletter

Wow, November already? 

And now Halloween and Fireworks night are out the way with for another year, it seems the countdown to Christmas has already begun. 

If you're finding it hard to keep up with everything, don't worry - we've compiled some of the best stuff going around from the past month to help you and club. 

There's some excellent stories about the value of sport to help you showcase and demonstrate your club's true worth, along with new funds open for you to apply to. 

Don't forget we offer a number of services (such as assistance helping you identify and apply for funding, membership/payment management systems and support with incorporation/charitable status & gift aid) alongside our newsletters and general best practice sharing stuff. 

If you'd like an informal chat to discuss how we could help you out, don't hesitate to get in touch.


Seeking funding? Check out these opportunities. Equally, get in touch about the on-going support we can offer your club.

The Weir Charitable Trust

The Weir Charitable Trust aims to support Scottish-based community groups and small charities to provide services across Scotland to help the Scottish community. These groups and charities are likely to have found it difficult to access funds elsewhere.

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Baillie Gifford - Grassroots Sports Fund

The fund will support community groups and small charities who are trying to improve participation or widen access to sports.Small grants of up to £2K are available.

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

Anti-racism charity claims education is more important than sanctions

Stadium closures as a punishment for racist behaviour are “a nonsense”, according to the chief executive of Show Racism The Red Card. Ged Grebby, the founder and boss of anti-racism charity SRTRC, stresses that education is far more important than sanctions and called on UEFA and domestic leagues to invest more in anti-racism education programmes.

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The ninth annual RESPONSIBALL Ranking is out!

The RESPONSIBALL ranking looks at 24 international elite men’s leagues from around the globe, with scoring based on governance, community and environmental indicators. 

This season, a special focus was placed on assessing the research with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in mind. As such, the ranking has been published on 24 October 2019, the 74th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter and what is now the official UN Day.

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Report Reveals Value of Swimming

There’s no doubt that sport has a central role to play in ensuring that people of all ages live healthy lives. But this remit is not just limited to physical wellbeing. In fact, the proven psychological benefits of sports participation mean that treatment for mental illness will almost always include a recommendation to engage in physical exercise, often with others or as part of a team. 

According to the ‘Value of Swimming’ report, swimming is helping to save the health and social care system more than £357million a year.

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Sport and serious youth violence – the state of play across the UK

Sport’s role in combating the serious youth violence epidemic was thrown into the spotlight by the recent announcement of Sadiq Khan’s Steering Group to address the issue in London. But it also posed a question – what about the rest of the UK? Check out this report by the Alliance of Sport.

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The Trusted Charity Essentials Tool

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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Resource library for measuring impact

Discover Inspiring Impact’s one-stop shop for resources, with everything from research reports and diagnostic tools, to outcomes frameworks and surveys

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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.

Forest Green Rovers’ kit supplier makes its eco-friendly mark on the sports apparel business

When Forest Green Rovers had to find a new kit supplier, it was faced with a choice: maintain the status quo with a traditional sportswear company, or find a more sustainable alternative. Following a period of exploration, the English League Two club came across PlayerLayer, which uses “high-level research” to create “durable products from environmentally-responsible sources".

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Dundee United and Hillcrest Futures team up to tackle recovery

Hillcrest Futures and Dundee United Community Trust (DUCT) have teamed up to deliver an eight-week programme aimed at people aged 16 and over who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

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Exeter City launch Autism packs

To further the football club’s commitment to making matchdays inclusive to all, Exeter City have created Autism packs. Following the likes of Oldham and Plymouth Athletic, The packs are for supporters who have Autism or a condition on the Autism Spectrum and aim to help make their matchday experience more comfortable.

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Wakefield Trinity working towards cancer rehab through sport and physical activity

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation have launched a new pilot exercise and rehabilitation programme supporting women recovering from or being treated for Cancer.

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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. 

Karina LeBlanc on empowering women through football

Episode #7 – CONCACAF’s head of women’s football and former Canada goalkeeper discusses a landmark FIFA Women’s World Cup, and how she’s channelling that momentum to grow the game in North and Central America

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Increasing inclusiveness for sport and recreation

Hosted by Alex Sexton, Communications Manager for the Sport and Recreation Alliance this podcast episode celebrates World Mental Health Day as they look at the issue of inclusiveness in the sector.

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Club Development Scotland Community & Cooperative League Roundup

In September we were delighted to bring you the news Club Development Scotland are sponsoring the Glasgow Community and Cooperative League. 

We strongly believe in the unique power of sports clubs to affect wider social and community change and are delighted to support a league in which so many diverse impactful clubs compete and co-operate for the greater good.

You can check out how the teams are progressing through our weekly updates, shared via our social media streams.

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