Sporting Memories Network Scotland is one of 17 community-based sport and physical activity projects from across Scotland, to benefit from a £1million cash windfall as part of a new programme aimed at changing lives and creating a more inclusive and healthier nation.

We will be working on this exciting project in East Kilbride with Calderglen Sports Hub and with South Lanarkshire Leisure.

Regular intergenerational inclusive physical activities will take place at the hubs, engaging with a number of sports clubs and re-engaging isolated older people, including those living with dementia with sports clubs in the community.

Chris Wilkins, Co-founder of Sporting Memories Network Scotland said "We are delighted to receive this funding that will enable us to support more older people to reconnect with their communities, to reignite fond memories of sport and to get physically active in a friendly and supportive environment. It is further testament to the hard work we have put in along with our academic partners to be able demonstrate how our evidence based approach leads to meaningful change for our members attending our weekly clubs."

Launched in April this year, the £1million Changing Lives Through Sport and Physical Activity Fund will benefit a total of 17 projects nationally, with each receiving between £42,151 and £69,985 over a period of two years.

Each of the projects will intentionally use the power of sport to effect positive change in local communities. 

The Changing Lives Fund is a partnership between the Scottish Government, sportscotland, the Robertson Trust and Spirit of 2012.

It is part of a wider £1.8million programme that provides additional resource into the sporting sector and community sectors to better address individual and community needs through sport and physical activity and to support participants to become and stay active.

These projects specifically use sport to deliver real change in communities across Scotland.

The wider Changing Lives programme has a specific aim of increasing capacity and skills of people within the sporting sector to help them meet the needs of the community and deliver positive change for participants.

The programme and fund are aimed at projects that demonstrated a clear commitment to the below key themes:      

  • Sport for Inclusion
  • Sport for Health and Wellbeing
  • Sport for Skills
  • Sport for Communities

The wider Changing Lives programme was developed following publication of a Sport For Change report in 2017 which demonstrated that being active brings about positive changes beyond participation and can impact positively on the health and wellbeing of individuals, on their skills and learning, and on communities.

The fund is delivered by Spirit of 2012 as part of the associated programme.