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The challenges facing community sport and physical activity in Scotland…

The role of sport and physical activity is changing across the world as well as in the UK and Scotland. At the same time, with changing lifestyles and demographics, broader remits from the Scottish Government, opportunities for collaboration with non-sport partners such as health, housing and education and a number of new providers coming into the sector the status quo is no longer an option for anybody with the sector.
Scottish society needs community sports clubs, hubs and other providers to prosper. We need them to be places where people will want to play and exercise and become involved. They should generally become hubs for their communities, in short, become places ‘where people live their lives’.

Making a difference in areas such as health and wellbeing, employment and education are key additions of the Scottish Government’s ambitions of getting people more people active.

So how do we deliver a great, sustainable community sport without compromising your sporting and community objectives? How do we provide great customer experiences and grow participation whilst at the same time meeting the strategic objectives of external partners and funders, whether they are from within sport or from health, regeneration or community services?

How do we engage with the many inactive people who we have not been able to get active through conventional methods and channels? Do we need new partners and providers and what role can the current sports bodies play?

How do we engage the local community and promote community leadership and play our part of the fabric of our local communities? How do we develop and deliver an innovative range of sporting opportunities, attracting people of all ages and abilities?

How do we bridge the gap between ‘sport for sport’s sake’ and ‘sport for change’ and ensure that there is a common vision across all parts of the sector in Scotland?

This event focuses on these issues, highlight best practice and provide thoughts, tools and to-dos on how you too can become a sustainable community sports provider.

The topics covered at the conference include:

  • Sport for Change – should it be delivered by separate providers or is about a different approach?
  • What does the sports club of the future look like? How can our community sports clubs change and adapt to be relevant in a changing world?
  • Sport or physical activity – is there a difference and does it matter?
  • Who is going to get the inactive active? How do we develop a more welcoming and relevant workforce?
  • How do the health sector view sport and physical activity? How can the two collaborate to get more Scots moving?
  • What is the role of the modern governing body sport? Just running their sport or being a community partner or something in between?
  • In times of austerity, how can local authorities still play a positive part in getting Scottish people active?
  • How do we encourage innovation and enterprise to develop new initiatives to get more people active?

Delegates will come from community sports clubs, Community Sport Hubs, governing bodies of sport, local authorities, community sports trusts at our professional and semi-pro clubs, informal sports providers, community sports enterprises, leisure trusts, patient groups, universities, colleges, sports governing bodies, community groups and other community sports providers.