"An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head."
‘Scotland's Sporting Chance: A Manifesto for Sport in Scotland’ was launched on 2nd February 2010 by the Scottish Sports Alliance.
The Alliance represents the collective voice of nearly 1 million sports participants across Scotland, one fifth of the entire population. The Alliance comprises of the Scottish Sports Association, the Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils and Scottish Universities Sport.
The manifesto, the first of its kind in Scotland, was designed to support and inform all political parties in Scotland as they campaigned for the 2011 Scottish Parliamentary elections. Many of the recommendations found in Scotland's Sporting Chance found their way into those parties' manifestos.
On May 5th 2011 Scotland elected the Government that will take Scotland up to and beyond what is arguably the most exciting time ever in Scottish sport: the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. This presents Scotland's greatest chance to get it right, to deliver a lasting legacy and recognise that sport is not just an income generator and medal winner - it is a vehicle by which to improve and enhance our nation.
But who really wants to take their time to make a difference in Scotland? Who wants to help our 12,000 sports clubs and 150,000 volunteers? That's what we asked those individuals who stood in the 2011 elections.
The Scottish Sports Alliance along with Scotland's Governing Bodies of sport called on all sportsmen and women, participants, coaches, officials and supporters to pledge to use their vote.
Vote for the candidate that will fight for sport in Scotland; that will stand up and recognise that our children deserve the right to play, that our older adults deserve the right to participate; that this nation deserves an active future
The VoteforSport campaign, the first such campaign by a sports organisation in Scotland, was designed to encourage candidates to address sporting concerns in their constituency.
Launched by Olympic curling star Rhona Martin MBE on behalf of the Scottish Sports Alliance on 21st September 2010, the campaign could proudly boast by the close of the campaign on 2nd May 2011 that 437 Candidates had signed up to pledge their support. The impressive figure included all parliamentary candidates running for the major parties in Scotland (Conservatives, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrats & SNP) and prominent independent candidates former PE teacher Margo MacDonald and Hugh O’Donnell.
Following the elections on 5th May 2011, SALSC and the Scottish Sports Alliance was pleased to announce that all 129 MSPs elected to the Scottish Parliament had signed the following pledge to express their support of sport in Scotland:
"I pledge to recognise the unique role, value and potential of sport in Scottish society and upon my election to the Scottish Parliament I will act as a Scottish Sporting Champion throughout my term in Parliament."