Maximising Community Gains from Elite Sporting Success in Scotland

This event will analyse how Scotland can improve on its recent past record and convert its latest elite sporting success with the Women's National Football Team, embed a legacy from this in terms of partipation in sport thus ensuring the benefits to both individuals and communities are maximised. 

‘Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.’

Nelson Mandela

How do we ensure the legacy of the Women’s World Cup 2019 builds on the success of other major sporting triumphs to improve participation in sports? 

Following the Scotland Women’s National Team reaching the World Cup tournament for the first time in its history, marking the first major tournament of any Scotland national football team for over 20 years, there is now a once-in-a-generation opportunity to inspire people to participate in sport, particularly women and girls given the gender gap in being involved in physical activity.

With the improvement in social outcomes, mental and physical health and sense of resilience that sport provides widely accepted, how do we harness and embed the first elite success of any of our national teams representing our national game in over two decades to ensure it delivers the wider social benefits of participation to communities and greater physical and mental wellbeing to individuals?

A year on from the Scottish Government’s Active Scotland Delivery Plan, join us at Holyrood Events as we analyse the investment in sport and access to sporting facilities in communities; the next steps in translating sporting success to wider social benefits to communities and individuals.


09:45   Registration and Refreshments

10:15   Welcome and Introduction from Chair

10:30   Session 1: Embedding Sporting Legacy Successfully, Encouraging Women and Girls to Maintain Involvement and Ensuring Diversity

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Mel Young, Chair, SportScotland & Founder, Homeless World Cup 

11:15  Questions and Discussion

11:35   Refreshments and Networking

11:55   Interactive session

11:20   Session 2: Delivering Grassroots Benefits: Investment in Communities, Access to Facilities and Improving Mental Health through Physical Activity 

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Maureen McGonigle, Founder and CEO, Scottish Women in Sport
  • Dr Alan Currie, Chair, Royal College of Psychiatrists Sports and Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group (SEPSIG) and Member, International Society for Sport Psychiatry

12:55   Questions and Discussion 

13:10   Lunch and Networking

13:55   Session 3: Facilitating Elite Sports to Thrive: Promotion of Scottish Sport at Home and Abroad; Good Governance and Case for Economic Development

14:40   Questions and Discussion

14:55   Session 4: Next Steps in Using Elite Success and Infrastructure to Benefit the Community

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Richard Orr, Senior Development Manager, Winning Scotland Foundation 
  • Jon Doig, Chief Executive, Team Scotland, Commonwealth Games Scotland 

15:25   Questions and Discussion

15:40   Closing Remarks from the Chair

15:45   Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees. 


Speaker callout

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Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Discounted rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

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27 August 2019



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