Club Development Scotland Assist Annan Athletic With Ownership Restructure

We’re delighted to be supporting Annan Athletic via our Club Development service in their proposed ownership restructure. We’ve been advising and working with the club for the past year and are looking forward to attending their Open Meeting on the 19th of January where we will be on hand to answer any questions regarding the proposed…

Fairtrade: A Game Changer for Football

By Andrew Jenkin, November 2015. If the revelations being squeezed out of the FIFA scandal have taught me anything, it is that some people cannot be trusted to maintain a level of integrity within football. Some of the people who ought to be protecting and raising the standards, expectations and levels of trust within the game have been…

Funding: Big Lottery Community Assets

Through Community Assets grants, The Big Lottery aim to “empower people to create strong and resilient communities by helping them to acquire, manage or develop assets such as buildings or land.” As our mission at Club Development Scotland is to; “Enable the development of sustainable  clubs based on community involvement and ownership” this fund sits very comfortably…

FUNDING: Community capacity & resilience fund

This fund could apply to sport clubs that use sport as a vehicle to make concerted efforts to engage with their communities most vulnerable and offer greater social benefits.  The details below are from Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisation’s website, where you can apply for funding. Third sector organisations can develop their community organisation’s capacity to tackle…

BLOG: Barcelona city and a Culture of Exercise?

My girlfriend and I recently took a week’s annual leave and headed for Barcelona for a short getaway. It’s a city I’d never visited but after our first evening there, I was soon pleased with our decision. The city itself is incredibly well designed and we were able to walk to all our points of interest…

BLOG: Barcelona and being more than a Multi Sport Club

    Last week I was fortunate enough to visit the Nou Camp – which for me, as a football aficionado, was the highlight of my fleeting visit to Barcelona. The Nou Camp will feature on every fans’ Stadium ‘To-Do List’ and if it doesn’t, it perhaps should do. It was marketed as the ‘Nou Camp Experience’…

A New Way To Bring Community Benefit

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…

Working Group on Supporter Involvement Development

Following Wednesday’s Scottish FA AGM, Scottish FA members are to declare to the governing body the identity of a club’s ultimate beneficial owner. With this, the Scottish FA will be able to publish the details disclosed under an amendment to Article 11.1. A recent report revealed that many clubs have ultimatum beneficiaries who supporters have…

Supporters Direct and ShareIn Kick Off Major Plans for Crowdfunding Platform

We have today announced a unique partnership with ShareIn, designed to empower football supporters to play a bigger role in their team’s future. Using ShareIn’s crowdfunding platform, Supporters Direct is now able to enable communities to raise capital for projects around their clubs, which could include ownership. This applies to all levels of sport in…

Club Development Scotland Newsletter – April 2016

We have just released our first newsletter. We will be produced monthly newsletters for our members, clients and stakeholders on the work we’re involved with in building and growing winning community focused clubs. You can read our first newsletter here and subscribe to our newsletters here.  

Club Development Scotland Launch

We were delighted to launch Club Development Scotland last month. Club Development Scotland is our new consultancy service and represents a shift in approach to how we support Supporters Trusts and Community Clubs in Scotland.   Club Development Scotland is an extension of the work that has been delivered throughout England and Wales by Supporters…