sportscotland has announced record levels of investment into Scottish governing bodies of sport (SGBs) for the Gold Coast/Pyeongchang 2015-19 four-year cycle.
Continuing the momentum in Scottish sport gained from the successful Glasgow 2014 and Sochi Winter Olympics 2011-15 cycle within development and performance, a projected total of over £45 million pounds is to be invested in the 17 Glasgow Games sports and both winter Olympic/Paralympic sports over the next four years.
The increased Scottish Government and National Lottery investment from the Glasgow and Sochi Games cycle to the Gold Coast and Pyeongchang Games cycle equates to seven per cent – £3 million.
Athletics will receive the second highest award in terms of overall investment – with aquatics the largest. scottishathletics will be handed £3.76m for the 2015-19 period with that figure (at the moment) excluding possible jogscotland investment for 2016-19.
The investment figure for scottishathletics between 2011-15 was £3.84m and the awards for each sport can be viewed on the document below.
Nigel Holl, chief executive at scottishathletics, said: ‘We welcome and are extremely grateful for the ongoing partnership and support from sportscotland.
‘The direct investment, together with the direct service support we receive through the sportscotland Institute of Sport, make a huge contribution to our work at all levels of athletics right across Scotland, and we look forward to delivering on all areas.’
The national agency for sport’s investment approach is underpinned by the five key principles of system approach, sustainability, high standards, impact, and additionality.
Those sports demonstrating they are building capacity, showing growth in membership, displaying good governance, and attaining performance targets have been rewarded.
Stewart Harris, sportscotland Chief Executive, said: ‘It is terrific news for Scottish sport that more money from the Scottish Government and National Lottery is being invested into the Commonwealth Games and Winter Olympic/Paralympic sports.
‘We are spending public money and must invest wisely. Consequently, those sports which have made good progress in terms of building capacity, demonstrating growth in memberships, and attaining performance targets have been rewarded.
‘For other sports, where some challenges remain, sportscotland will continue to work with them and support them to help them rebuild.
‘Thanks to a cohesive, partnership approach we are building a world-class sporting system for everyone in Scotland.’
Welcoming the announcement, Minister for Sport Jamie Hepburn said: ‘This additional investment will benefit all participants in sports, our clubs, volunteers, performance athletes, and coaches, and help continue to build capacity in sport resulting from the hugely successful and inspirational Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
‘Scottish sport continues to move in the right direction. The successful collaboration between sportscotland, the Scottish Government, local authorities, and the sports has significantly strengthened the system in recent years.
‘The positive impact of hosting the Glasgow Games has been felt right across the sporting spectrum, and the sporting legacy has produced better and more opportunities for people of all abilities to take part and progress in their sports and physical activities.’
*In the only change in sports from the Glasgow Games, basketball replaces Judo at the Gold Coast. In terms of investment, Basketball Scotland is currently mid-cycle.