Issue 25

15 January 2021




On behalf of sportscotland Chair Mel Young and myself, I would like to take this opportunity to send good wishes for 2021 to everyone. Let’s hope that as the year progresses, we will gradually move through this pandemic and begin to experience life more as we know it. We look forward to working with all of our partners and will continue to provide strong leadership when required and added value to the work that you do. 

The news on vaccines is very positive, but as you will all know, it will take some time to deliver them to all members of the population included in the programme. As a result of the deadly work of the new COVID-19 variant, society has closed down even more in this new year as the Scottish Government and their Public Health advisors seek to continue to suppress transmission and save as many lives as possible. These tougher restrictions have once again impacted on the sport and leisure sector with many facilities again closed. We understand how challenging this is for everyone but this is a time when we can look to the future and continue to collaborate and plan recovery. 

Myself and Mel have also had the opportunity to have an introductory meeting with the new Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Mairi Gougeon MSP. The meeting was very positive and we should all look forward to working very closely with her. Our thanks go to the outgoing Minister Joe FitzPatrick MSP for the positive contribution he made to the work of the physical activity, sport and leisure sector in Scotland. 

Throughout the pandemic, we have continued to work to our corporate strategy Sport For Life. The principles and ambitions of our strategy are supported by many of our partners, and in my view the key elements of the strategy have withstood the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, our commitment to equality and inclusion as a physical activity, sport and leisure sector will need to get stronger as we seek to address the increasing gaps that the pandemic has created. The entire team at sportscotland are looking forward to working with you to do just that!

Take care, 





Scottish Government have announced one-off top-up grants of £6,000 or £9,000 for eligible leisure businesses including some sports clubs and community organisations. These grants are on top of the four-weekly Strategic Framework Business Fund (SFBF) grants for closed businesses. 

Organisations should check the full eligibility criteria before applying. In most cases business that have already applied for the SFBF will get the top-up automatically. Eligible businesses, clubs and community organisations that have not yet applied for SFBF should submit an application as soon as possible through their local authority website.



Please support the Scottish Government public information campaign to communicate the new, tighter national restrictions. 

The campaign reinforces the message that the new strain of the virus is spreading quickly and communicates how we must stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

Please share the message with your networks and on your social media channels. 

For further information and to download campaign assets, please visit the link below.






The communications themes for the first part of 2021 are: 

  • January: embracing physical activity #StayActive
  • February: supporting mental health #ActiveEveryDay
  • March: empowering communities 

Please get involved using the theme hashtags and tag @sportscotland in your posts.  



If you missed the conversation all about embracing physical activity at January’s #SportHour, you can take a look at the highlights here.

The next #SportHour will take place on Monday 1 February 9pm to 10pm where the conversation will focus on how physical activity can support mental health. 
Keep an eye on Twitter for our co-host announcement and questions. 



Children’s Hearings Scotland are recruiting around 700 new volunteer Children’s Panel members who care about making a difference in the lives of children attending hearings in Scotland. 

A panel member’s role is to listen and make legal decisions with and for infants, children and young people, and to ensure that the young person is at the heart of every decision taken. Volunteers can make a real difference in local communities. 

The campaign is particularly focussed on people aged 18 to 30 years old, as well as people who identify as male. Please share the campaign recruitment message with your networks and find out more below.



You can register now for the next Scottish forum of the #TellYourStory research programme which is on Saturday 16 January (2-3.30pm). 

Please spread the word to anyone in your network who can tell a story about racism or any racial inequality they’ve encountered in Scottish sport. 

In case you missed it, UK Sport and the four national sports councils have teamed up with AKD Solutions with the aim of addressing exclusion in sport and bringing about real change. 

Visit the project home page for more information or to share your story. 





Scottish Disability Sport has created a Boccia Bonanza Schools Resource to support teachers, coaches and leaders in the delivery of Boccia and the promotion of learning through Boccia in schools. 

The resource is aligned to the Significant Aspects of Learning for Physical Education, Physical Activity & Sport. The resource can be easily be adapted to any setting and is focussed on skills development from beginners onwards. 






Paths for All are encouraging everyone to join them in pledging to walk a little every day this winter. Daily walking can help to look after our bodies and our minds and the Walk Once a Day campaign includes weekly prizes sourced from Scottish businesses and plenty of tips to help get more people walking. 

Please get involved and share your walks on social media using the hashtag #WalkOnceADay and share with your network to spread the word about the wonders of a daily winter walk. 





SKGB – Updated PHASE 4 documents Return to Sport and Physical Activity guidance 5th January 2021 (see attached document)

While everyone connected with the Scottish Karate Governing Body has been looking forward to the return of indoor contact sport, we understand the decisions taken by the Scottish Government for public health reasons. Recent figures serve as a timely reminder that the virus has not gone away and that we are still dealing with a public health emergency. We all have a responsibility to do what we can to help suppress the spread of the virus at this time. Continued progress through the route map is wholly dependent on everyone continuing to adhere to the latest guidance. The SKGB believe that Karate can be delivered safely and we will be working with partners including the Scottish Government, sportscotland and facility operators to work towards the resumption of indoor contact sport when we return to PHASE 3

The SKGB office have restarted processing new PVG applications and Existing PVG Scheme Member Applications. Please contact your association Chairperson for application forms.

The Annual General Meeting of the Scottish Karate Governing Body Limited which, due to the present lockdown restrictions has been moved, and will now be held by Zoom Video Conferencing on Friday 31st July at 7pm.

 An invite has been emailed to all Association Chairpersons / Secretary to join the meeting.

 If a member Association has not received the invite please contact the SKGB office at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The SKGB will be holding a zoom meeting on women’s experiences of karate during and post pregnancy on Monday the 29th of June at 7pm-8:30pm. This meeting aims to bring together women karateka, or former karateka, who have experienced pregnancy during their time in karate, to discuss their experiences and help the SKGB identify ways to support our members during this period in their lives. This meeting is intended for women who have experienced pregnancy during their time in karate only (rather than those who were pregnant prior to starting karate).


If you would like to take part please contact Chloe Maclean, director of women and girls interests: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


To celebrate the brilliant women we have in Scottish Karate, take part in the SKGB’s women’s coaching week. Our aim of the week is to have as many senior graded women as possible having a shot at taking a class - whether that be a whole class, the whole week, or parts of a class alongside another coach. (Coaches please note if the women coaching in your class are not already SKGB approved coaches then an SKGB approved coach must be present to overlook the class.) Lets encourage and inspire Scottish karate’s next generation of women coaches! Please share photos of the week on social media to showcase our women in action, and send them to the SKGB Director of women’s interests: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SKGB Achievement


CHILDREN1st have informed the SKGB that we have now reached 100% compliance with the Standards in Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport as agreed with Sportscotland and CHILDREN1st.

The following athletes have been selected to represent the SKGB at the forthcoming 2020 Junior and Senior European Championships.

Congratulations from all at the SKGB

Junior European Team - Hungary

• Niamh McGregor - CEK
• Kori Fital - CEK
• Eilidh Poole - JKS
• Daniel Lyons - CEK
• Ben Woods - JKS
• Matthew Pratt - Sakai
• Billie Ross - JKS
• Dana Purves - SKF
• Holly Buchanan - SKF
• Jacob Smart - SKF
• Louis Gallaso - Shitokai Scotland
• Rhys Hartley - ASKF
• Amy Pollard - Shitokai Scotland
• Niamh Junner - Shitokai Scotland
• Matthew Miller - Yamakai
• Jamie Sinclair - JKS
• Lewis Simpson - JKS
• Matthew Chalk - Shitokai Scotland
• Aria Pascual - JKS
• Alex Marshall - Shitokai Scotland
• Emma Ruthven - Shitokai Scotland
• Aeron Greenland - Shitokai Scotland

Senior European Team - Baku

• Amy Luke - Yamakai
• Amy Connell - Shitokai Scotland
• Greg Anderson - CEK
• Dylan Rush - Shitokai Scotland
• Niamh Junner - Shitokai Scotland
• Jordan Szafranek
• Emma Ruthven

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