A new report exploring the environment for Scottish community-based sports organisations aims to improve understanding of the critical success factors in facility management, organisational sustainability and delivering social impact.
The report forms part of on-going research being delivered through the Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund. It has identified a number of recommendations and key actions to help inform the work of relevant funders, policy makers and support agencies and the development of the sector.
The Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund is a £1m programme which aims to support the sustainability and capacity of 33 aspiring and existing social enterprises delivering sport and physical activity in communities across Scotland. In addition to directly supporting these funded organisations, a key deliverable from the Fund will be a learning resource for the wider sector.
The baseline report, the first in a series, highlights the significant role that sporting organisations can play in their communities through the delivery of sport. However, it also recognises that for those organisations wishing to take on new ways of working the importance of having the capacity and resources to do so effectively.
New ways of working may include taking on management of buildings or other physical assets, such as pitches and developing programmes which aim to provide social benefit and impact for specific target groups beyond participation in sport.
A summary of the report can be accessed here.
• Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities is a £1m Programme funded by a £500,000 investment each from the Scottish Government and The Robertson Trust
• The Fund aims to support funded organisation to:
o Increase their knowledge, skills and capacity to operate, earn income, deliver services and operate facilities
o Demonstrate increased ownership and management of community assets
o Become more sustainable
o Met the needs of their community through delivery of appropriate services and facilities
• In addition, the Fund partners will seek to use the evidence produced through evaluation of the Fund will be used to inform the work of relevant funders, policy makers and support agencies
• The Fund is supported by an advisory group made up of representatives of the Scottish Government , The Robertson Trust ,Social Investment Scotland, Senscot and sportscotland
• 33 organisations are being supported through the Fund. A full list of the funded organisations can be read here.