"An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head."
In 2015 the Scottish Sports Alliance (comprised of SALSC, the Scottish Sports Association and Scottish Student Sport) undertook to update the 2011 the original Scottish Manifesto for Sport. In 2016 we will be undertaking the #VoteforSport campaign once again in preparation for the Scottish Parliamentary elections in May 2016.
Both pieces of work are unique in Scotland and have helped create a much closer relationship and more open, solution focused dialogue between our organisations and nationally elected officials. This work continues through SALSC’s various activities, our involvement with the Cross Party Working Group for Sport and other forums in which we participate.
Much of the work carried out by SALSC focuses on supporting local sport and as such our priority focuses on local, rather than national politics however we acknowledge that some obstacles are either nationwide or nationally enforced. In such cases they can only be resolved by talking to the decision makers in Scottish politics. This is where the strength of our partnership network and the Scottish Sports Alliance is crucial. Through this network, combined with our own efforts, we ensure that access to national politicians through a network of MSPs is never too far away and always easy to access.
Although the MSP network is not a formal network, SALSC will make best of use of these contacts to update them on the work of our members and help find solutions to local problems. As such, through our own work and the work we conduct with partners, SALSC will continue to work to keep this network of contacts alive to ensure the achievements and contributions sport and its volunteers has made and shall continue to make are acknowledged and recognised.
The 2015 Scottish Manifesto for Sport document can be found here: http://www.thessa.org.uk/details/58/39/A-Manifesto-for-Scottish-Sport-2015-Scottish-Sports-Alliance