Sportscotland ON TRACK 

Issue 28

25 March 2021




We have recently passed the 12 month anniversary of the decision taken by government to lockdown society and try to suppress the virus. It has been a difficult year for all, however from my perspective, it has also been a huge learning curve. All of us have had to adapt to new working environments and ways of working and I would like to thank you for tackling the challenges with strong partnership and collaboration leading the way. 

I would also like to pay tribute to the efforts of the members of the Strategic Forum for Sport and Physical Activity. Over recent months the forum members have committed significant time to discuss and plan an outline framework for the future of the sector to both increase resilience and help achieve the ambitions we all have. This work has been done in a truly collaborative spirit and representatives from SGBs, Local Authorities, Leisure Trusts/CLUK, Higher and Further Education, Student Sport, Public Health Scotland, Scottish Government and ourselves at sportscotland completed a tight document outlining direction and key actions. The forum identified four aims to strengthen resilience and help achieve ambition: 

  • Better connections between national and local strategy and implementation
  • Better connections between sport and physical activity with health and wellbeing
  • Better engaged communities
  • Ensuring the financial viability of the sector 

We look forward to working together to deliver against this direction of travel and involving everyone in this effort. There is much to play for. 

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 e-learning modules, including COVID-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing Awareness Training for Coaches and Volunteers.



We are developing new Equality Outcomes and we are encouraging partners to get involved in the consultation. Equality outcomes are only one, specific part of the equality work we do and we want our new Equality Outcomes to improve experiences for groups within these populations: 

  • People living in poverty and low income 
  • People living with mental health problems 
  • People from diverse ethnic communities
  • Older people, over 50 

We want to hear from people with a variety of work and life experiences. By sharing your views, you can help us develop outcomes that are targeted and reduce inequalities.

Please complete the survey by 31 March 2021.              




To help sportscotland understand the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on clubs, we are looking for feedback on how clubs have experienced and responded to the challenges they have faced during the past year. 

Please encourage your partners and your network of clubs to take a few minutes to complete the survey via the link below – closing date is Monday 29 March 2021. 





In partnership with a number of partners, sportscotland will be hosting a series of online webinars to help support clubs over the coming months. The topics have been selected in response to feedback from across the club network and the first event An introduction to what funders want has been developed in partnership with Spirit of 2012 and will take place on Wednesday 21 April. Subsequent sessions will focus on Communications and Volunteer Management. If you would like to know more please contact Scott McGregor or click below to book. 




The National Lottery is asking organisations, individuals, athletes and others to make a #PlanetaryPromise on social media as part of their environment campaign between 19 - 23 April. Take a look at the toolkit which contains a helpful guide, examples of social media posts, graphics and a #PlanetaryPromise template for filling in your own promise. 

Our monthly theme for April is Supporting the environment so we would like as many people as possible to get involved! It would be great if you could have a think about an achievable promise you could make, and encourage your networks and others to do the same. 

Some examples might be – using fewer single-use plastic products, switching off devices once they are fully charged and not leaving them running overnight, cycling or walking instead of taking the car or reducing food waste. Find out more here.     




The monthly Twitter chat is back on Monday 5 April with co-hosts Sustrans Scotland, The Daily Mile and Mya Thompson from our Young People’s Sport Panel supporting the discussion on supporting the environment.
The conversation will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of work going on throughout sport and physical activity to help support the environment and promote active travel. Please get involved by following the hashtag #SportHour on Monday 5 April from 9pm to 10pm.



The popular Paths For All Step Count Challenge is back and will run for 8 weeks from 3 May. 

Walking is a great way to support your physical and mental health and the challenge provides a programme to keep you motivated and a chance for you and your friends or colleagues to focus on something together as a team and get outdoors, walk more and feel good. 

Team registrations are now open! 




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