Club Development Conference 2017 Roundup

We today attended the Scottish FA’s Club Development Conference held at the University of Stirling. Here’s a quick round up if you weren’t able to attend. We are at the Scottish FA Club and Coach Development Conference at @StirUni today and will have updates and highlights throughout. pic.twitter.com/jeVAYPm8IT — Club Development (@ClubDevScot) October 1, 2017…

FUNDING: The Aviva Community Fund

About The Aviva Community Fund is offering up to £25,000 to local community projects across the UK. It’s a competition rather than a straightforward grant application and relies on you winning a public vote. There’s a total pot of £1.5m. The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding for an important cause in…

Aspirational community sport club? We want to hear from you!

Following a reward of funding to test the feasibility of a thematic social investment fund to help clubs develop facilities and stadia, we’ve launched a survey targeted at clubs regarding their aspirations for future growth. The fund, under the proposed name of ‘SportsFunder’, would enable clubs to borrow low interest capital to take ownership of…

FUNDING: Spirit of 2012 Women and Girls in Physical Activity

New funding from the Scottish Government and Spirit of 2012 has been announced to increase the number of women and girls in Scotland who participate in sport and physical activity. From the Spirit of 2012 website: The Fund will support no fewer than 12 projects targeting women and girls who want to become more active…

Scottish FA detail resource support to clubs

The Scottish FA have developed a variety of resources, which have been created in conjunction with a variety of partners. These include: Guide to Community Asset Transfer Legal structures for your club Developing Community Clubs – Support Directory We’re pleased to have worked in partnership between Burness Paull LLP and the Scottish FA in the…

Why Annan Athletic Chose A Cooperative Sports Model

Ownership of things matter. Good ownership gives people a say in things they care about, a sense of motivation and a stake in its success – much like being part of a sports team. However, poor ownership and governance of clubs can have catastrophic effects. Over the years, many professional sport clubs have seen the…

Club Development Scotland to Support AM Soccer Club

Club Development Scotland, through SD Scotland, is pleased to confirm it will be delivering consultancy and support to AM Soccer Club on a one-day-a-week basis. The Fife club (with charitable status), established by Heart’s Assistant Manager Austin MacPhee, have grown to a notable size and provides football coaching to over 500 players. The organisation has had national…

Community Asset Transfers – Scottish FA Guide for Community Clubs

The Scottish FA have published a guide detailing how clubs could potentially benefit from Community Asset Transfers. As the document states: ‘With the advent of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, the opportunities for clubs and community organisations to undertake long-term leases and acquire facilities through ‘Community Asset Transfer’ will continue to increase over the coming…

FUNDING: Jewson’s Building Better Communities

Jewson’s have put £250,000 up for grabs to help transform local communities. In 2016 they gave away £250,000 to buildings that really make a difference in communities and you can nominate a project for this year’s fund before Friday 5th May. The prize fund is open to applications to help with renovations large or small. Sport…

You Can’t Improve What You Don’t Measure – Social Return on Investment

‘It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong.’ – John Maynard Keynes Last year, I attended a two day training course on ‘Social Return on Investment’ (SROI). SROI is a process through which you can determine an approximate (this is important to note) financial value of the social and community work delivered relative to…

BLOG: Create Fans, Not Customers

My girlfriend’s Mum bought me a bottle of Brewdog’s 5AM Saint as a stocking filler for Christmas. I’d never really fancied myself as much as a craft beer drinker, often preferring my more ‘safe’ (or bland if you like) larger, however I soon realised I’d been missing out. A couple of days after losing my…

FUNDING: Comic Relief – Levelling the Field

This is a £1 million initiative funded by Comic Relief and the Treasury to support projects in the UK. Applications are welcome for a minimum of £30,000 and a maximum of £250,000, over a period of between 12 and 36 months. Comic Relief are encouraging a variety of different types of projects. This could be a…