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Welcome to the Club Development Scotland monthly newsletter. It features news and best practice guidelines to help you grow a winning club. 
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August Newsletter

Since our launch in April, we've been building relationships with a number of stakeholders within sport to help add value to clubs across the country. We were delighted to attend the Sport for Change Conference held in Edinburgh and hear from a number of other support agencies. Similarly, we were regular attendees at the Homeless World Cup and its lunchtime talks where we heard from an array of speakers from the sport for change sector within Scotland. This all summed up the huge amount of good working happening to ensure sport is offering its maximum social and community value and contributing to tackling a number of societal issues.

With our own services gaining more interest we hope to have more good news regarding some of the work we're undertaking ourselves but in the meantime, we hope this newshot gives you an insight into some of work and support for groups looking to grow a winning club. As this month's newsletter shows, there are new and existing funds to help clubs and community achieve their true social and community value through sport and we'd would love to hear from groups interested in undertaking developmental projects. 

New Funding: Community Assets

Community Assets seeks to empower people to create strong and resilient communities. This is done by helping communities to acquire, manage or develop assets. Often this involves buildings or land (physical assets) in some way. However, they are open to communities that recognise other forms of assets.

How much can be applied for?

Big Lottery can consider funding between £10,000 and £1 million. They expect funding to be very competitive.

Who can apply?

Organisations should be community-led and have open membership with a social purpose. Everyone living in your area should be able to get involved in your organisation and the work that it does.

The majority of people serving on your governing body will be from the local area and they’ll make the decisions.

Club Development Scotland would like to hear from clubs and groups interested in the Community Assets fund. You can contact us at sdsinfo@supporters-direct.org

SMiSA Buy The Buds! 

We would like to congratulate SMiSA (St Mirren Supporters Trust - a Community Benefit Society) on the joint purchase of St Mirren FC. The legal formalities around their joint offer with Gordon Scott were concluded meaning the trust is now the proud part-owner of the club.

Gordon now owns a 50.1% stake in the club, while SMISA own 29%, with the option to buy Gordon’s shares within the next ten years, and achieve majority fan ownership of the club. The deal means the Supporters Trust will now work towards community ownership over a ten year process.

We worked with SMiSA throughout the deal and they utilised Club Development Scotland consultancy services during their bid.

They said the following about our services:

"The deal to for ourselves and Gordon Scott to buy St Mirren was a year in the making, and the team at Supporters Direct/Club Development were with us from the start.

"The SD/Club Development team were on hand with advice and support and we want to thank them for all they did.

"Part of that work included a report into St Mirren's financial position and the insight and advice we received from their football finance expert Nick Igoe was utterly invaluable at a crucial point in the negotiations.

"Our bid came about because we believed there could be no better owners for our club than the local community - we would encourage any other fan groups who think the same to find out how the SD team could help them too."

Club Development Scotland was established to help clubs and groups such as SMiSA undertake large scale ownership bids such as this and we're delighted to have helped them. We hope it is just the start.

Applicants can apply for between £10k-£1m from the Community Assets fund.
Find out more about how we can help you raise finance for your project through community shares.

Community Shares Practitioner Training

We were recently accepted on to the Community Shares Scotland Practitioner Training and are in the process of gaining a formal qualification to offer advice and consultancy on community share offers.

The term 'community shares' refers to withdrawable share capital; a form of share capital unique to co-operative and community benefit society legislation. This type of share capital can only be issued by co-operative societies, community benefit societies and charitable community benefit societies.

The benefits of becoming a cooperative and raising capital through community shares over other forms of capital is that it gives the community a greater influence in how the organisation operates, in turn leading to superior business performance.

If you'd like to find out more about becoming a cooperative and potentially running a community share offer, please get in touch.

The Place Standard


The Place Standard could be an incredibly useful tool if you're thinking of building a new asset.

The Place Standard is a way of assessing places. Whether the place is well-established, undergoing change, or is still being planned, the tool can help you.

Developed by the NHS, the tool provides a simple framework to structure conversations about place. It allows you to think about the physical elements of a place (e.g. its buildings, spaces, and transport links) as well as the social aspects (e.g. whether people feel they have a say in decision making).

The tool provides prompts for discussions, allowing you to consider all the elements of place in a methodical way. The tool pinpoints the assets of a place as well as areas where a place could improve. You can use the tool here.


 

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