“We can’t help everyone , but everyone can help someone”

This is the title of the presentation given by James Pegg, Community Development Worker, Broxburn United Sports Club 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.

James Pegg will present on how Broxburn United Sports Club has grown into a leader in the field of community sport for change. He will share their experiences of community life and how the club was perceived in the community in the past to the new experience of being the most active club in the community. Over one thousand people are now particpating through voluntary work or being active in community and club programmes.

They encourage activity and change within the community and we would like to share our experiences and learning. Community sport and life is the most important thing in all communities, and they will give our recommendations on how you can make change within your community.

In March 2000 James Pegg was involved with the vision, for the fantastic facility BUSC has today at Albyn Park along. He was president of Broxburn Colts, the largest youth group in the community. In 2010 when BUSC open the doors to the community he was employed by BUSC as Community Club Development Manager.

For further information contact Svend Elkjaer at Sports Marketing Network, email svend@smnuk.com or call 01423 326 660.

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