The Club Development Scotland newsletter is a quarterly newsletter produced to support community sport groups in achieving their aims and objectives through the facilitation of best practice and services.

Club Development Scotland May Newsletter

Welcome to our May newsletter. 

Many thanks to all of you that recently completed the Club Development Scotland Annual survey. We had a great response to it - which provided some fascinating results which we'll disseminate and look at to gain a better understanding of the challenges facing clubs in Scotland. 

A lot of this quarter's newsletter is focused upon guidelines and content for you to consume at your leisure. Club Development Scotland was started back in 2016 as a means of supporting clubs of all shapes and sizes and we aim to do that through a range of content and services

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CDS Masterclass Podcasts

As part of our commitment to helping grow sport clubs that win for everyone, we've started to produce a series of 'Masterclass' podcasts to help clubs. We kick start our series with an overview of the legal structures available to your club and an interview with Nick Igoe (former Finance Director at West Ham United) on Finances.

Legal Structures

In our first Masterclass, Andrew speaks to John Alexander, former Chairman of Clyde, and Philip Jones, Chairman at Annan Athletic, about some of the alternatives to limited companies that you can consider for the incorporation of your community sports club.

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Following on from the success of our podcast on legal structures, we're delighted to bring you the second episode in our 'Masterclass' series where we speak to Nick Igoe, former finance Director of West Ham United, about finances and managing your club's money

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New Guidelines Published


For developing organisations a volunteer network provides access to individuals that have skills, expertise and a passion for supporting their local community. As this resource shows there are obvious financial benefits from having a well developed team of volunteers.

Read our Guidance


Sport 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.

Read our Guidance

Community Engagement

When we talk about community activity we are referring to the way that  community owned clubs establish ongoing relationships and engagement with individuals and organisations with the aim of achieving a collective vision for the benefit of their local community.

Read our Guidance

Measuring Social Value

This short guide is designed to give you some pointers on ways that your club can evaluate its value within the local community by measuring the contributions that they make. The areas identified and the different indicators could be adapted to suit your own club. 

Read our Guidance

New Club Development Videos

We recently started Club Development Scotland videos as a means of highlighting some of excellent work taking place across Scottish football and learning best practice along the way.

We started off by paying visits to Pollok and The Well Society. 

Build A Winning Club

We’re delighted to share our brand new crowdfunding platform to help you Build A Winning Club.

Our platform enables communities to raise capital for projects such as facility development. 

The platform also enables clubs the opportunity to run community shares offers, with the use of ShareIn’s white label crowdfunding platform. By using the platform, clubs will also be benefiting from the support of Club Development expertise which have helped raise more than £6million so far.

We’d encourage any club seeking to undertake a crowdfunding campaign to get in touch to find out how we can support them through our platform or check out this short video.

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