Sport SEN Newsletter – May 2019

Welcome to May’s Sports SEN newsletter.

So far, this spring has returned a bit of a buzz to sport in Scotland. The women’s national football team’s exploits in reaching World Cup finals in France were rewarded with a record 18,555 attendance at Hampden this week – the previous record was circa 5,000. Those who turned up to cheer on our girls were duly rewarded with a spectacular strike from Erin Cuthbert. Here’s hoping this enthusiasm can trickle down to a grassroots level as the summer wears on!

Best wishes,

Kim & Eddie


Earlier this month, Senscot attended sportscotland’s National Manager’s Networking event in Dunblane for the launch of Sport for Life, their new corporate strategy. Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing opened the session, highlighting the importance of equality and inclusion in Sport for Life. Stewart Harris (sportscotland CEO) introduced the new corporate strategy within the context of Scotland’s sporting system, with lots of opportunity for group discussion following. Great to hear collaborative working, community engagement and accessibility as consistent themes during the day.

We still have a few bursary places for next month’s Sports Marketing Network conference on sport and physical activity in Scotland. Delegates will benefit from an update on Sport for Life, sportscotland’s new corporate strategy which aims to create a world class sporting system in Scotland. There will also be the opportunity to hear from fellow Sport SEN members Projekt42 and Morton in the Community, who will be giving presentations on initiatives they have developed to deliver positive outcomes through sport and physical activity in the community. The conference will take place on 18th of June, at the Stirling Court at the University of Stirling. If you’re interested in attending, contact for discounted places. See also full programme.

The 2017 Social Enterprise Census indicated that there were 254 Sport & Leisure social enterprises operating in Scotland, making up 5% of the total number of social enterprises across the whole of Scotland. The 2019 SE Census 2019 Survey is still open for submissions, so please take the opportunity to make your contribution if you haven’t already done so, as it’s vitally important for the sector and the more folk who fill it in, the better. Your support in this is very much appreciated. All info treated in strictest confidence.

Senscot is currently working with NHS Health Scotland to explore the role community cafés play within social enterprise – examining issues around sustainability and considering the different business models being used. Sport SEN members who operate cafés as part of their organisation are advised that the first session is scheduled to take place in Aberdeen – see details and to register. Further sessions on this same topic are also being organised in partnership with the Scottish Borders SE Chamber and Glasgow SEN. For more info, contact

Member/Partner News

Scottish Sports Futures has launched a new newsletter to provide updates about inclusive sport and physical activity programmes across Scotland. The first newsletter includes a look back at the Glasgow Kiltwalk 2019 and a spotlight of the Shell UK Twilight Basketball programme, which engaged with over 1700 young people in 2017-18. Click here to read the newsletter. You can subscribe here.

Showcase the Street is set to benefit from £62,000 of funding as part of this year’s Young Start Fund. The money will be used to deliver virtual reality gaming workshops in partnership with gaming students at Abertay University. Over the last 18 months, Showcase the Street has been working on plans to implement VR technology at its base in Dundee, to increase participation in sport and physical activity among children and young adults in the community. Read the full story here.

Moray Sports Centre – Work continues apace to ensure the £12m Moray Sports Centre can open its doors this summer. STV News visited recently to hear about how MSC plans to be the first fully inclusive sports centre in the area, including an inclusive play park. You can watch the piece here.


eBike Loan – If you are considering purchasing an eBike there is a new, exciting funding opportunity available in Scotland through Energy Saving Trust. They are offering an interest-free loan to buy an eBike, funded by Transport Scotland. The eBike loan is for up to £6,000 with a repayment period of 4 years and can be used to purchase either two eBikes, one family ecargo bike, or one adaptive eBike. See more information.

National Lottery Awards for All Scotland – A quick and more straightforward way to get small National Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000. The focus of the fund is building strong relationships across communities, and improving places which matter to communities. See more information.

Investing in Communities Fund – The Scottish Government’s Empowering Communities Programme includes a fund to help communities tackle poverty, inequality and disadvantage on their own terms. The staged funding is intended to help build community capacity and strengthen community anchor organisations, priorities local budgets, and develop local assets. More information is available through the ScotGov website.

Robertson Trust – Registered charities and CICs Ltd by Guarantee registered and working in Scotland have until midday on the 14th June 2019 to apply for grants of £500 upwards to support work that aims to reduce inequalities and strengthen communities. Under the themes of reducing health and social inequalities, supporting people and communities or empowering communities, main and major grants from the Robertson Trust offer match funding of up to 50% depending on the size and nature of the project. More here.

Transforming Scottish Indoor Tennis Fund – Aiming to deliver a national strategy to create a network of regionally based indoor tennis centres in Scotland to ensure that the majority of the country has access to a high-quality indoor tennis centre. Priority will initially be given to transformational projects which involve a minimum of 3 indoor courts and are located in six areas: Dumfries & Galloway; Dundee; Edinburgh; Glasgow; Highland and the Scottish Borders. More information here.

Event Scotland National Events Fund – Funding is available to support sporting and cultural events which take place out with the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and drive domestic tourism within Scotland. It is a development programme and therefore does not provide long-term or core funding. It is designed to support additional elements or new activity specifically intended to strategically grow events. Find out more and apply.

Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme – Grants of between £1,000 and £7,000 will be available for social enterprises, charities and community projects at various stages of their development. Grants are available at Start Up, Trade Up and Scale Up levels, and come with an appropriate learning and support package to implement the grant. Find out more here.

Stations Community Regeneration Fund – Enables business and community groups to transform redundant station rooms into facilities to benefit local people. Any projects that will aid communities or rail passengers will be considered for grants of between £5,000 and £75,000. Bids may also be made for larger sums, dependent on in-depth feasibility studies. For further information, please click here.

Path for All Open Fund aims to encourage people to change their behaviours to walk or cycle as part of their everyday short journeys. The Smarter Choices, Smarter Places fund will also encourage people to use sustainable travel choices for longer journeys. Application details here.

Big Lottery Young Start Fund is offering funding from £10,000 to £100,000 to help children and young people across Scotland become more confident, so they can realise their own potential. Applications are ongoing. See details.


Ladies Recreational Football & Sports has organised two 5-a-side tournaments and social events this month, one for football and another for netball players. The football tournament will take place on Saturday 22nd June from 12-2pm at Glasgow Green Football Centre. The netball tournament will be played on Sunday 23rd June from 2-4pm, at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall. Both events are open to all, free, inclusive, and will be followed by an opportunity to socialise and meet new people. Visit the Ladies Recreational Football & Sport website for updates on future events.

Renfrewshire SEN Meeting – Featuring keynote speakers, sector information stalls and networking opportunities – and of course tea/coffee & biscuits! Venue is The Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company facility based in Erskine Hospital on Nursery Avenue Across from the Reid McEwan building. Thursday 30th May, 6pm to 8.30pm.

Angus SEN Meeting – The next meeting of the Angus SEN will be a chance to hear from a relatively new social entrepreneur, Annette Tonner, from Falkirk who has followed her dream to make a difference in her community. Tuesday 4th June, 10am to 12pm. See details.

Remember you can add your event to the Senscot calendar using this form and we’ll do our best to promote it through our communications channels.


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