Issue 26

4 February 2021




With the progress of the vaccination programme across the country, hopefully we can begin to believe that we are on the last few laps through and out of the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, this is a time when all of us across the sector should redouble our efforts in planning for the future and develop an even stronger culture of collaboration and partnership in so doing. The health and wellbeing of individuals and communities across our country needs to become a greater priority for our national and local governments, and as a sector we need to be ready to play our part by promoting the benefits of physical activity, sport and leisure being in the vanguard of this approach. 

The Scottish Parliament elections are due to be held on 6 May and there will be much debate about the future leadership and governance of our country. This will be an excellent opportunity nationally and locally to showcase the clear, evidenced benefits of being physically active daily and the role that our sector can play in delivering a healthier and more active nation. It is vitally important that other sectors such as Public Health, Education, Transport, Environment and others play a strong role in a multi-agency approach to health and wellbeing that will go a long way to achieving those ambitions. We are in the final stages of creating a ground breaking partnership with Public Health Scotland and sportscotland which I hope will serve as a strong exemplar to the type of committed collaboration that will be required for success. 

Finally, many of you will have watched the announcement of the Scottish Government Budget at the end of January, and the news that the sportscotland budget was maintained along with the underpin for National Lottery income has been well received. This is positive news but just the beginning of the conversation. 

Take care 


We're continuing to update our website with Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and resources. Please encourage your own networks to check this page regularly for the latest updates or to make use of the various e-learning modules.




Adapt and Thrive is part of the £25m Community and Third Sector Recovery programme to support charities, community groups, social enterprises, and voluntary organisations that are supporting people and communities through the shift from lockdown to recovery. This includes sports clubs. 

It aims to support these organisations adapt to challenges presented by COVID-19 and build back better to thrive in the future. 

Recovery for the third sector has not been straightforward, and lockdowns, changes to guidelines and the tier system will continue to be part of our daily lives in 2021. In response, Adapt and Thrive has adapted and all eligible organisations can access funding regardless of turnover size and the top value of grants has increased to £75k. 

Find out more via the SCVO website below.




Clubs, communities and leisure trusts across Scotland have received a great start to the new year thanks to more than £1.25million in investment from sportscotland’s Sport Facilities Fund, to create or improve the places where people take part in sport and physical activity. 

In total, £1,264,750 will be shared between 15 capital projects from Dumfries and Galloway to the Highlands for clubs and communities, schools and education establishments, or performance sport environments. 

Investment was prioritised into the projects that have a focus on increasing participation in sport and physical activity amongst young people, women and girls, and disabled people, as well as deprived or rural communities. We will continue to provide expert support to the projects to ensure they are delivered successfully.  



Recently, young people have certainly shown everyone in Scotland how resilient and creative they are in times of hardship. So – now’s the time to nominate the most inspirational young people in your lives and local areas for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2021! 

The Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards is Scotland’s biggest celebration of young people and shine a spotlight on the outstanding contribution of those aged 11-26, who have made a real difference to the lives of others. From hundreds of entries, three finalists will be chosen in each of the categories, including sport. 
Young Scot is urging people to nominate before the deadline of Sunday 14 February.




Scottish Government has launched Scotland, it’s time to roll up our sleeves, the Covid-19 vaccination campaign which is the biggest mass vaccination programme ever run in Scotland. 

The campaign, targeted at all adults in Scotland, is aiming to highlight the importance and safety of the vaccine, and encourage people to get the vaccine when they are offered it. 

Partners across the sporting system are asked to help spread the word by sharing these messages with your internal and external audiences, to include the hashtag #WeAreScotland in your social media. You can find further information on the COVID-19 vaccines on NHS Inform.





We are asking partners across the sporting system to consider the sportscotland communications themes as you plan your social media content. While restrictions are in place we are planning themes just a few months ahead and look forward to hearing the powerful stories which help to raise awareness of the role of sport and physical activity in communities across Scotland. Current and upcoming themes are: 

  • February; supporting mental health
  • March; empowering communities
  • April; supporting the environment
  • May; demonstrating diversity through role models
  • June; friendship in sport 

If you have any questions about the communications themes, please get in touch below.



Our communications theme for February is supporting mental health. This is already off to a positive start with #SportHour earlier this week - if you missed the conversation, you can catch up with some of the discussion via our Twitter Moment.

Throughout the month we are encouraging people to be #ActiveEveryDay to support their mental health and wellbeing. The emphasis is on finding ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine, trying out different things to find what suits best, and to take notice of how it affects your overall mood. 

Active Schools and Young Ambassadors will be sharing tips and resources to help people get #ActiveEveryDay - check below to see some of the latest content!





To support coaches and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic, sports development colleagues in collaboration with the SIS medical team and SAMH have developed the module, COVID-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing Awareness. 

This will help participants to: 

  • expand your knowledge and understanding of mental health and well-being 
  • recognise the impact of sport and physical activity on positive mental health and well-being 
  • identify your own mental health and well-being priorities 
  • explore the effects COVID-19 on you and your participants. 

    Please note that this course will not have a record of completion or certificate.   




The LGBTIQ+ Sport & Physical Activity Alliance 2021 Summit takes place online on 4 and 5 March 2021 with a focus on the coming decade. 

Through panels and workshops, the event will offer the latest insight, strategies and good practice solutions for engaging LGBTIQ+ people in sport, physical activity and physical education. 

Workshops will include: 
Intersex, Trans and Non-Binary Inclusion, LGBTIQ+ Mental Health & Sport, How to set up an LGBT+ Network, Addressing LGBTIQ+ inactivity & grassroots pathways into sport/physical activity and LGBTIQ+ inclusion in school PE.   

You can find out more about the event and register your attendance via the link below.





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