INFLUENCING

The SSA works, with others, to place sport on the political agenda.

Vote for Sport

We built upon the work carried out last year on our ‘VoteforSport’ campaign as part of the 2016 Scottish Elections by hosting a Parliamentary Reception when the MSPs had reconvened after the summer recess to thank them for their support. The informal drinks reception was held in the Scottish Parliament’s Garden Lobby where we were joined by three member sports, curling, table tennis and golf, to offer taster sessions to the MSPs and guests. As well as offering our thanks, the evening was also an opportunity to award the MSPs with their ‘medal’, a coaster to keep on their desk as a reminder of their commitment to be Sporting Champions.

 

Meeting with the Public Health & Sport Minister

One of the best ways we can represent our members is through our work with the Scottish Government, ensuring our members voices are heard directly by those who make decisions. In December, the SSA led a meeting with the new Minister for Public Health & Sport, Aileen Campbell MSP, inviting several representatives of our COO Group to sit down with her and explore some of the main opportunities and issues facing sport in Scotland. The meeting was a success, highlighting the positive work of SGBs that might not otherwise be reported. The forum led to many discussions about how better we can all work to tell the stories behind these successes and how they can be best reported to the Government. This meeting has since led to the issue being looked at by the National Strategic Group for Sport & Physical Activity, a group on which we have been asked to join to represent our members’ interests.

This work has also led to the Scottish Government to compile an Active Scotland Impact Toolkit. The Toolkit will be compiled with the support of the SSA and a number of our members, and will help SGBs and other organisations to better demonstrate the impact of their work (and the work of their members) towards the Active Scotland Outcomes.

Cross Party Group on Sport

Continued to support the Cross Party Group (CPG) on Sport in the Parliament as the joint-Secretariat in partnership with the offices of its Co-Convenors:  Alison Johnstone MSP and Liz Smith MSP.  

Topics covered this year included the Physical Activity Employer Award and a review of the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. You can read more about the CPG here