Community Sports Hubs
Community Sport Hubs provide a home for sport. They bring together a collective of progressive sport clubs and key local partners who want to grow and develop sport in the community at all levels. The hubs focus on sustainable, community-led approaches that get clubs working together to develop welcoming, safe and fun environments for sport.
Community Sport Hubs are Lottery-funded and are one of sportscotland’s key programmes which support local sports clubs to play their part in a world class sporting system.
Each Community Sport Hub is unique, but the common thread is that each works to the following key principles:
1.Growth in participation
2.Engage the local community
3.Promote community leadership
4.Offer a range of sporting opportunities
5.Bring all appropriate (key) partners/groups/people together
Each community sport hub develops their own vision and values to ensure all involved are clear on the work they will do together.
In Argyll & Bute there are 5 area based Community Sports Hubs, click on a location to read more,
|Cowal Hub||Islay & Jura Hub||Oban Hub||Rothesay Hub||Tiree Hub|
The benefits of being involved in your local hub include,
- Professional support from Community Sports Hub Officer, Sports Development, Active Schools and Scottish Governing Bodies
- Training and development of people that make sport happen
- Club development opportunities
- Increased Profile for clubs and sports in the community
- The opportunity for clubs and organisations to work together to shape and develop community sport.
Happening in our Hubs
Accreditation – Our vision is that our communities and visitors lead richer and more active lives. Our accreditation scheme rewards organisations who are a safe, well organised and an effective club in the local community. Meeting accreditation requirements is also an essential process for all sports club members of the community sports hubs and we can support you to get there.
Accreditation is a simple step by step process that has been designed to make it as easy as possible for organisations to gain recognition for the work they do in improving their quality and infrastructure.
Our accreditation is valid for one year, and is open to all community groups and sports clubs who are based in Argyll and Bute and offer discounts to facility hire, courses and support for accredited clubs.
To see what governance is required to become accredited and for more info please use the drop down boxes at https://liveargyll.co.uk/community-group-and-sports-club-accreditation/
For any sports clubs requiring additional assistance to meet any of the criteria, please contact our Community Sports Hub officer by emailing CSHub@LiveArgyll.co.uk
Return to sport support – Read about the clubs that received grants here
Women Coaching Grants Open to Oban Hub Members
LiveArgyll were successful in receiving funding through the Oban Common Good Fund to increase the number of women and girls taking on coaching, officiating and decision making roles in sport in Oban. LiveArgyll have match funded this grant to further offer opportunities and support for women and girls as role models in sport beyond Oban. As part of this, we are opening up a grant to fund coaching and officiating courses for women and girls to attend, for clubs and organisations within the Oban Community Sports Hub.
Each club may apply for more than one grant, please fill in a form for each coach/volunteer you are applying for. The maximum grant available is £150 per application.
For clubs that wish to host a women/girls only coaching course or event, or for all other enquiries please contact email@example.com to discuss.
Terms of grant
If the coach/volunteer is part of, or will be, coaching for a club registered by a recognised governing body, please apply for the subsidy via sportscotland and then apply to us to cover the remaining cost up to grant maximum. For some clubs this discount may already be applied. More info at https://sportscotland.org.uk/funding/coach-subsidy-for-recognised-governing-body-qualifications/
After applying for, and receiving confirmation that your funding application was successful, funding will be a reimbursement to the club/organisation upon proof that the course has been booked and paid for. Courses will need to be booked prior to the 23rd July, but the course can take place after this date. Upon finishing the course we require a copy of the certificate, and we always appreciate social media posts for clubs receiving grants through the hub by tagging @communitysportshub @liveArgyll on facebook.
Community Ownership Service Workshop – Several sports clubs and community groups in Argyll and Bute are looking to manage or upgrade local sports facilities are involved in community ownership or asset transfer processes. There was a need for these groups/clubs to have more support and expert advice. The hub arranged for an evening with an advisor from the Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) to visit Argyll and Bute. COSS support community based groups in Scotland take a stake in or ownership of previously publicly owned land or buildings providing bespoke adviser based services. In an evening session two sports clubs, two sport community groups and one local community group received an overview of the community asset transfer process, bespoke advice and further email based support and services to help them progress in their community projects.
To read more about COSS – https://dtascommunityownership.org.uk/about-coss
Child wellbeing and protection in sport training day –This year the hub organised a day of child protection in sport training delivered by sportscotland and Children 1st. On the day 20 coaches were train in child wellbeing and protection, of which 14 then became new child protection officers for their club committees.
After the course we asked the new officers – what action will you take back to your club?
“Remind the club that child protection is everyone’s responsibility”
“Create an action plan to update our policies and review code of conduct”
“We are a new club without many policies in place, but now we have a clear idea of what to do”
To attend future Child Protection in sport training in Argyll and Bute please email firstname.lastname@example.org to have you address added to the hub mailing list.
Sport Volunteer Awards – The LiveArgyll Volunteer Sports Awards, run annually in partnership with sportscotland, aim to celebrate and reward the success and achievements of coaches and volunteers in Argyll and Bute school and community sports clubs. Nominations are open to both volunteer sport coaches and club volunteers with non-coaching roles. In Argyll and Bute these volunteers put in hours of their time and are crucial to running of our clubs and providing sport to our communities and we believe they deserved to be recognised and celebrated.
Read about the 2020 winners here – https://liveargyll.co.uk/volunteer-sports-awards-nominees-and-winners-announced/