Formation 1972
Type Executive non-departmental public body
Legal status Government agency
Purpose Sport governing body
Headquarters Glasgow
Formerly called
Scottish Sports Council

Sportscotland (officially styled sportscotland), formerly the Scottish Sports Council, is the national agency for sport in Scotland. Its stated aim[citation needed] is to build a world class sporting system for everyone in Scotland.

The Scottish Sports Council was established in 1972 by royal charter.[1] The body works in partnership with public, private and voluntary organisations. As an executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government, sportscotland advises ministers and implements government policy for sport and physical recreation. In 2002/03 sportscotland invested approximately £48 million of government grants and lottery funds.

The organisation runs three national sport centres:[2]

  • National Centre Inverclyde, near Largs, North Ayrshire, for the training of national squads, hosting championships and facilities for golf, fly fishing, badminton, squash etc.
  • National Centre Glenmore Lodge, in Glenmore Forest Park near Aviemore,[3] facilities for skiing, rock climbing, mountaineering, hill walking, kayaking, canoeing etc.
  • National Centre Cumbrae, Isle of Cumbrae, watersports centre

In 1998 sportscotland took over responsibility for the Scottish Institute of Sport and created the sportscotland institute of sport near the University of Stirling. The institute delivers high performance expertise to sports and athletes in Scotland. Sportscotland invests in the majority of national sports governing bodies in Scotland, such as Scottish Athletics.


  1. ^ Queen Elizabeth II, 1971 Royal Charter: The Scottish Sports Council Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ sportscotland (13 April 2016). “National Centres”. Archived from the original on 24 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output q{quotes:”””””””‘””‘”}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-free a{background:url(“//”)no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url(“//”)no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url(“//”)no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  3. ^ “Around us”. Glenmore Lodge. Retrieved 24 October 2018.

External links

  • Official website

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