"Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts."

Phil Jackson


2017 Seminar Report

2017 Seminar Report

Saturday 07 October 2017

On Saturday 9th September 2017 SALSC welcomed a number of our member Sports Councils to the Mercure Hotel Perth. The theme for this year’s Seminar was Sport for Change and Volunteering in Sport. Everyone at SALSC would like to take this opportunity to thank all speakers and workshops leaders who presented as part of the programme.

The day was opened with a warmly received presentation by the Minster for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell MSP.  A strong opening to the day Ms Campbell set the theme for the programme, feedback on her presentation included “She presented well and responded positively to questions - good start to the Conference.”


Ms Campbell was followed by an informative presentation by Linda MacDonald of The Robertson Trust, who shared further details on the Sport for Change research they commissioned and launched earlier this year and further information on The Trust itself.


Bringing the morning to a close were two relevant and quality presentations were made by Campbell Roy and Alister Reid of Sported, putting the Sport for Change message in to practice, followed by alternative funding ideas.


The afternoon brought engaging activities, firstly through the 90-minute Volunteer Recruitment delivered by sportscotland.  The workshop was well received and gave the delegates food for thought to bring back to their Sports Councils and clubs, one participant said “Everything that emanated from the workshop had some relevance but there were quite a few issues that from past experience I could not totally agree with.  However I try to keep myself moving with the times and not dwelling too much on the past but instead learning from it and adapting to change”.


Closing out the day was another funding update, this time from Andy Kelly of sportscotland and the energy was raised again with the final presentation of the day from John Ross of Kinross-shire Cricket Club who delivered “What If No-one Turns Up II”, an inspiring story for any club or Sports Council to hear.  One of the most positively received presentations of the day one Seminar delegate came back to say “Totally spellbinding presentation which shows how things can be achieved from small beginnings to build towards success (twice with the Cricket Club). This man oozes personality

and is extremely eloquent which is an important part of being successful”.


For the first time SALSC could Facebook post regularly and using the Twitter hashtag #SALSCSeminar throughout the day thanks to the recruitment of our Digital Support Volunteer, Keith MacLeod, credit to him for his excellent photography skills and all photos which were pictured throughout the day and in the 2017 SALSC Seminar Album on Facebook are credited to him.


Feedback from the day has been very positive, with comments including “Generally the seminar talks were relevant, well-prepared and high quality.” And “I feel the seminar was the best in a few years.”  SALSC thanks all Sports Councils who attended this year’s Seminar, we look forward to seeing you all in 2018 for our 40th Anniversary.