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SALSC December Update

Tuesday 24 January 2017

Coming to the end of a busy year was an ideal time for SALSC to circulate an Update on activities.

DeCember 2016 update

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

At the end of a busy sporting year the SALSC Board and Staff would like to wish all our members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


2016 has seen several highlights, including:


  • Launching the National Guide to Local Sports Councils

  • Running workshops for Sports Councils, including Social Media

  • 2016 Annual Seminar in Glenmore Lodge

  • Launching the SALSC Development Fund

  • Direct work with Scottish Governing Bodies, Sported, sportscotland and Scottish Student Sport.


With a membership of 38 Sports Councils covering 2,850 Clubs, SALSC aims to develop this membership by promoting Sports Councils and their benefits to increase membership and the number of young people involved in Sports Councils, through partnership working and development opportunities. 


Text Box: Ismay Murray, Service to Sport Award winner, Stewartry Sports Council, is pictured receiving her award from SALSC’s new Finance Director James Dunion at Stewartry Sports Council Awards in November 2016.


Service to Sport AWARDS

SALSC are delighted to continue our partnership into 2017 with East Kilbride based Glencairn Crystal, who have supplied the Service to Sport Awards for the last two years.  Previous winners have noted their delight at receiving such a quality award in recognition of their service and SALSC aims to continue providing this service to all our members into the future.  Recognising the role and importance of volunteers in sports clubs around the country is important, these awards are SALSC’s way of supporting Sports Councils value achievements at a local level.

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SALSC Chair Bob Ellis welcomes delegates to the 2016 Annual Seminar in Glenmore Lodge
2016 Annual Seminar

This year saw the second Annual Seminar held in Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore. With the theme Connecting Local Sport speakers included:

  • James Steel, Lead Manager for Community Sports Hubs, sportscotland

  • Andy Kelly, Project Manager – Funding, sportscotland

  • Patrick Murphy, Development Services Manager, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture
  • Panel session with Ian Murray, Chief Executive of High Life Highland, Donald Hall, Community Sports Hub Manager and Calum Maclennan, Youth Convenor, Highland Council


A highly interactive day with positive feedback; delegates noted the relevance of the speakers, the opportunity to ask questions throughout the day and to hear from James, Andy and Patrick about how working together is the key to the future of sport at a local and national level.  Connecting Local Sport for Clubs is essential, giving them the best support and resources we can.







Thank you to East Fife Sports Council and Duffus Park Bowling Club for hosting the Gents and thank you to Inverness Sports Council and Inverness Bowling Club for hosting the Ladies Bowls Competitions in 2016.  Both were highly successful and competitive events. 

Text Box:  Congratulations to the Bowls Clubs representing Clackmannanshire Sports Council and Inverness Sports Council on winning the 2016 Ladies and Gents Bowls Competitions respectively.

SALSC will be sending out invitations to host the Gents Competition early in the New Year.  Strathaven Bowling Club in East Kilbride will be hosting the Ladies Competition in August 2017. 


SALSC are also looking to include Curling in the 2017 Events Calendar following the recent SALSC Events Survey results.


The Sports Council for Glasgow are the first Sports Council to apply for and be successful in achieving Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) status with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).  

A significant achievement for the Sports Council, this status will open new opportunities to access external funding to support their work.

Find out more on their website www.scglasgow.org.uk
Text Box: Grant Application Form Template

Thank you to Live Borders and ClubSport Borders for allowing SALSC to base their grant application form template on their format.  SALSC published their template this year and have created this to highlight the good practice example adopted by the Borders Sports Councils for their grant application process.

Within this document Sports Councils will find a comprehensive set of questions and application notes to be referred to when completing either application form.  A copy of the form is available within the Guides, Toolkits and Templates area of the SALSC website.

SALSC Development Fund

Launched in May 2016 SALSC has set up the Development Fund to build on relationships with members by offering them financial help to support the service Sports Councils deliver.  This is the first time SALSC has offered this opportunity, in 2016; four awards of £300 have been made to East Kilbride Sports Council, SportMoray, Wigtownshire Sports Council and the Sports Council for Glasgow. 

All full members are entitiled to apply for up to £300, full details are in Application Form which can be downloaded from the SALSC website.

Text Box: Funding, Funding, Funding

SALSC are aware that funding is becoming more of an issue with Sports Councils and Clubs across Scotland. 

In partnership with Andy Kelly from sportscotland and Sported SALSC will be bringing Funding information sessions to our members in 2017.

To find out more about Sported see their website www.sported.org.uk – membership is free!

Andy will inform about funding opportunities available through sportscotland, including Awards for All - www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/awardsforallscotland

SALSC will be circulating a Funding Bulletin to members starting January 2017.

SALSC are delighted to confirm that the 2017 Annual Seminar will be held in the new National Centre Inverclyde.  

Due for completion Spring 2017 SALSC will be welcoming delegates from across our membership to the world class residential sports centre, designed for inclusivity.  With adaptable, exceptional facilities we will be working with the staff at Inverclyde to showcase the facilities first hand so our members can bring this experience back to your clubs and communities.



  Text Box: Contact SALSC:  
Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh, EH12 9DQ
07528 719350

Facebook: SALSC
Twitter: SALSC_Scotland


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Following the success of the “Content is King” workshop at the 2015 Annual Seminar SALSC have took this out across our membership this year, including; Galashiels, Nairn, East Kilbride and Perth.  Where Sports Councils and Clubs learn more about the world of social media.

In this jargon free, interactive session, former radio and television journalist Colin Kelly takes you through the world of websites, social media, press releases and more.  Colin will help make the most of the opportunities presented by the mainstream and digital media - from local newspapers and radio stations -  to Facebook, Twitter and websites.

Feedback has been positive, SALSC are happy to negotiate future sessions with Colin, if your Sports Council would like to discuss this further get in touch.