Understanding Scotland’s sporting system

This is the title of the presentation given by Jacqueline Lynn, Head of School and Community Sport, sportscotland at the Power of Sport conference. That takes place on 15th June 2016 at the Royal Society of Edinburgh and focuses on how Scotland’s community sports providers can benefit their communities and increase their impact.

There is growing recognition that Sport has an incredible power to create social change. It can have a positive impact on people’s lives, can deliver social outcomes in areas such as health and wellbeing, skills development and physical confidence and can bring communities together.

More and more people and organisations are looking beyond how many people take part in sport. Increasingly, funding decisions will be made on the basis of the social change that sport and physical activity can deliver, and not simply on the number of participants.

However, there can be significant challenges for community based sports organisations aspiring to move beyond a sports participation model, the main two being capacity and resources; and skills and knowledge.

This shift in emphasis is about more than just being passionate about sport, but also about harnessing the power of sport and physical activity to bring about positive changes in society.

This session will explain Scotland’s sporting system and where and how Sport for Change fits in, identifying opportunities for collaboration and highlighting the role of sport in delivering social change. Sport can be a way of reaching and engaging people in activities that support them to achieve outcomes beyond sport and sportscotland’s partnership approach and commitment to developing effective networks is a key element of this.

Jacqueline will help to set the scene for the remainder of today’s sessions by explaining the 4 elements of sportscotland’s plan; resources, enablers, environments and outcomes and will share the priority areas for improvement over the next 3 years. By understanding the plan to build a world class sporting system for everyone in Scotland you will begin to see your role in delivering social change through sport.

Jacqueline Lynn has worked for the past 8 years to influence and support the strategic direction of sport at a national and local level. She leads sportscotland’s team responsible for the 32 Local Authority partnerships and she is a key driver of many of Scotland’s biggest sport development programmes, including Active Schools, PE, Community Sport Hubs, developing young people and Club and Community sport.

For further information contact Svend Elkjaer at Sports Marketing Network, email svend@smnuk.com or call 014423 326 660.

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