The Committee has issued a call for written views as part of Phase 2 of its Sport For Everyone Inquiry. The call for views opened on 19 May and will close on 30 June.
The Committee is keen to receive responses to the questions below, which focus on grassroots sport and the importance of developing strategies to remove barriers to participation. The Committee is interested in hearing views on how Scotland might increase sport and physical participation rates across all groups and sectors of society.
It would be helpful if your response could address the following questions, (please note there is no requirement to answer all of the questions):
Phase 1 of the Committee inquiry found evidence of barriers to participation across age and gender. Barriers included caring/family commitments, shortage of suitable nearby facilities and cost. As mentioned above, Phase 2 of the Committee inquiry seeks to consider community based approaches to removing barriers to participation in sport and physical activity.
1. Can you provide examples where a community based approach has been successful in removing barriers to participation in sport and physical activity?
2. What were the key ingredients to that success?
3. Were there any approaches that were particularly successful in increasing participation among certain social groups, like women, ethnic minorities, certain age-groups?
4. To what extent are these approaches unique to a particular area and set of circumstances, or replicable in other parts of the country?
Community and volunteers
Phase 1 heard from the Scottish Sports Association that “another significant legacy opportunity from the Games was converting the unparalleled interest in volunteering at the Games (50,811 applications in total) into sustained volunteering interest; to date our understanding is that this supported conversion has been minimal.”
The Session 4 Committee Inquiry into Community sport also highlighted the importance (and challenges) of retaining volunteers by ensuring adequate training and development opportunities.
5. What are the barriers facing volunteers, (either those wanting to volunteer for the first time or sustaining ongoing volunteering)?
6. How might these barriers be overcome?
7. What are the challenges in retaining volunteers beyond the short term?
8. What examples are there of good practice to encourage and maintain volunteers in community sport and are there lessons to learn from other sectors around attracting and retaining Volunteers in sport?
9. Can you provide examples of innovative joint working between clubs and public bodies that are utilising available sources of funding?
The Committee has heard evidence during phase 1 that there remain on-going difficulties in communities accessing the school estate. Similar problems were raised by the Session 4 Health and Sport Committee in its 2013 report on Community Sport. These include problems around janitorial time out of school hours and issues around PPP (Public Private Partnership) contracts. The Committee is interested in hearing views as to what the problems are and solutions for how they might be overcome.
10. To what extent is the school estate currently being used effectively to increase opportunities for sport and physical activity participation?
11. In what ways has access to the school estate for communities improved in recent years?
12. What are the remaining barriers to use of the school estate? Please also note any particular issues around term-time compared with school holiday time.
13. How might these barriers be overcome?
Commonwealth Games Legacy
A key driver in Scotland's bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games was to achieve an "Active Legacy" through excellent sporting infrastructure increasing access to sport and increased levels of sporting activity across Scotland.
14. How would you assess the active legacy of the Commonwealth Games for:
o Community benefits and
o Participation rates
15. To what extent are the new facilities being used to maximum capacity?
16. Are there any examples of innovative uses of the new facilities benefitting the community?
17. Is the physical infrastructure built for the Commonwealth Games being used effectively to increase opportunities for sport and physical activity; and increasing rates of sport and physical activity participation?
How to submit written evidence
Before making a submission, please read our policy on treatment of written evidence. In line with that policy, submissions will normally be published on our website. We recognise that in some circumstances people may prefer for their evidence to be treated as confidential or published anonymously. If you wish to do this, please make this clear when submitting your evidence.
Written submissions should be reasonably brief and typewritten in Word format (preferably no more than 4-6 sides of A4 in total).
The deadline for receipt of written submissions is Friday 30 June 2017.
Owing to the timescales normally required for the processing and analysis of evidence, late submissions will only be accepted with the advance agreement of the clerk.
The Committee prefers to receive submissions electronically. These should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also send a hard copy of written submissions to:
Health and Sport Committee
We welcome written evidence in any language.
Once the call for written views has closed the committee will then test the evidence received in a number of formal evidence sessions, with a panel and a roundtable drawn from those submitting evidence and key delivery bodies and stakeholders. A final evidence session will be held with the Scottish Government.