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Sportscotland ON TRACK message from Stewart Harris 7th August 2020
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MESSAGE FROM STEWART HARRIS
I hope you, your families and your colleagues are all well. I have spoken to many of you over recent weeks and I understand the challenges some of you are facing and I want to emphasise our commitment to you from myself and my team to support you in any way we can.
The latest situation in Aberdeen, with a significant virus cluster, is a stark reminder of the dangers we all face with the pandemic. It reminds us that we are unable to take risks in returning to what is commonly described as “normal” too soon. I recognise and understand the desire to get our sport system back into action from everyone engaged in our sector but we must continue to follow Scottish Government guidance and work to suppress this virus. It is clear that the return of our young people to school will be the next major challenge during the coming weeks and I hope it will be successful.
I have said before that this is a time to be brave by spending time thinking about the future beyond COVID-19 as well as dealing with the immediate priorities. I believe that promoting physical activity as part of a healthier nation is a priority and I hope we can all work towards embedding those principles at the heart of public health policy in Scotland.
It remains critical that we uphold our commitment to a systemic approach to sport and physical activity in Scotland, where we work in a connected way across schools and education, clubs and communities and performance sport. It is my firm believe that we can get through this crisis if we work together, showing the strength of the sporting system that we have all helped to develop over the past decade.
Please keep talking to us and to each other and I encourage everyone to listen with empathy to a wide range of partners in order to reach the most effective and sustainable outcomes.