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on Wednesday, 12 September 2012.

September update

1.     Edinburgh Sports Awards – Nominations open (deadline – Friday 21stSeptember)

2.     Sir Chris Hoy – Freedom of the City & Olympic/Paralympic parade – Sunday 16th September

3.     Coach Education courses – 13th – 21st October

4.     Funding Opportunities – 2014 Communities seeking applications from local sports clubs!

5.     Sported – Development of Communities through sport!  Funding & support opportunity

6.     ASC Edinburgh – Access to Sport and Culture.  Calling all sports clubs!


Edinburgh Sports Awards

We have a strong sporting community in Edinburgh. One to be proud of! The time of year has come again to recognise the achievements of our sportsmen, sportswomen, coaches and sport organisations.


Due to the success of the 2011 Edinburgh Sports Awards, we have increased the number of categories for 2012. This year there will be:


  • 2 club categories
  • 6 coaching categories
  • 1 volunteer category


Each shortlisted nominee (there will be 3 per category) will be invited to the Edinburgh Sports Awards evening, which will be held later this year.  Also, all shortlisted candidates within the Coaching categories will automatically be put forward to the Sportscotland National Coaching Awards.


To apply for any of the categories listed please download the Sports Awards application forms from


Applications should be submitted by Friday 21st September.


For more information please refer to the website or alternatively feel free to contact me directly.


Sir Chris Hoy – Freedom of the City / Olympic & Paralympic Athlete Open Top Bus Tour

Line the city centre streets on Sunday 16th September 2012 at 2pm!  Sir Chris Hoy will receive the Freedom of the City honorary award from the Lord Provost ofEdinburgh at a private ceremony in the Assembly Rooms on George Street.  On the same day Sir Chris will be joined by fellow Olympian and Paralympians on an open top bus tour of the city to celebrate their sporting achievements at The Games of London 2012.


Approximate timings for the open top bus tour from the City Chambers to the Assembly Rooms.


2.00pm: Lord Provost, Sir Chris Hoy, Olympians and Paralympians leave the City Chambers to board the open top bus on the High Street

2.15pm: Bus makes way from City Chambers to Assembly Rooms via High Street, The Mound, Hanover Street and George Street

2.50pm: Bus arrives at Assembly Rooms


Get involved and join the people of Edinburgh in celebrating the success ofEdinburgh’s heroes.  Barriers will line the streets to allow people to view this wonderful occasion! 


For more information please visit


Look forward to seeing you there!


Shared Coach Education courses – UKCC Level 1


From 13th to 21st October 2012, Scottish HockeyBasketball Scotland, NetballScotland and Scottish Swimming will work together to deliver UKCC Level 1 coaching courses as part of a shared education week. Each sport will deliver a standard UKCC Level 1 course and also a Fast track (technical content only) UKCC Level 1 course. The Fast track courses will acknowledge Approved Prior Learning (APL) and be open to any coach already holding a UKCC Level 1 qualification in any sport.


This is the first time such an event will be delivered, and it is hoped local partners and sports will work together to target existing coaches & volunteers who may benefit from attaining an additional coaching qualification. 


This is a real opportunity for level 1 coaches to gain additional qualifications at a much reduced cost and with less time commitment for coaches.  There is alsofree Disability Inclusion training for coaches.  For more information please see the attached form.  Deadline – 1st October 2012.



Scottish Borders Coaching Conference


Borders Sports and Leisure is hosting their Scottish Borders Coaching Conference at Scottish Borders Campus, Galashiels.  This special event allows coaches, teachers and volunteers to learn about sports development across nine disciplines: athletics, badminton, cricket, cycling, football, hockey, rugby, swimming and tennis.  Sportspeople who have competed and coached at the highest level will share the methods and techniques they have gathered in the sporting arena and beyond.  This knowledge allows them to prepare and inspire athletes of all ages and guide them towards sporting excellence.  The conference’s key speaker, Steve Backley OBE, is an Olympic silver medalist and one of Britain’s most successful field athletes.  For more information



Funding Opportunities


The Big Lottery Fund manages various sources of funding.  One of their sports focussed programmes, ‘2014 communities fund’ has had an extra injection of cash £500,000 allowing them to make an additional 250 awards up to April 2013.  The maximum award is £2,000 and the programme outcomes that must be met are:


  • More people take part in sport or physical activity
  • More people volunteer in sport or physical activity
  • More people and communities are brought together through taking part or volunteering in sport or physical activity


  • The priorities are:
  1. oMore women and girls to take part in sport or physical activity
  2. oMore disabled people to take part in sport or physical activity
  3. oMore older people (over 50) to take part in sport or physical activity
  4. oMore younger people (under 25) to take part in sport or physical activity
  5. oMore people from black and minority ethnic communities to take part in sport or physical activity


They have indicated that they largely get applications from schools and are keen that even more grassroots sports clubs access the monies alongside the schools.  For more information visit their website here.  For any support, please don’t hesitate to contact me!





‘sported’ is a membership organisation that works with groups who are using sport for development – using sport as a method of developing confidence in individuals that can contribute to the building of strong communities.


sported. work with groups who use sport to:

  • Build strong communities
  • Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Remove barriers to participation for marginalised groups
  • Develop young people by providing them with skills for the workplace and life
  • Educate in the area of health and well being


Sported. members work with young people, aged between 11 and 25 and who come from deprived communities.  Member services include:

  • online resources
  • insurance
  • skilled mentor/volunteers
  • funding advice
  • grant aid.


The charity has recently extended operations into Scotland and is now open for membership and for applications to a small grants programme. Please click here for further information on sported and on the small grants funding. If you have any questions, please get in touch with John Heraghty, sported manager forScotland -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



ASC Conference – Access to Sport & Culture


Event: The ASC Conference is a fantastic networking opportunity for sport and cultural organizations.  This year’s event is about positive destinations for young people and looked after children.  This naturally has a clear link to sports clubs particularly with junior sections, however is also a wonderful opportunity for senior clubs to build a network of support! 

Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2012, 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm

Venue: The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE.

Please click here for more information or e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an event application form.


As usual, please contact me if you have any queries.

Kindest regards,




Colin McMillan // Club Development Officer // Culture & Sport // Corporate Governance // City of Edinburgh Council // G1, Waverley Court // 4 East Market Street // Edinburgh EH8 8BG // Tel: 0131 529 7860 // Mob: 07770930744 //  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  //



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