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Sport Briefing Paper for Health and Sport Committee

Please note that The Robertson Trust has published its new Giving Strategy. This sets out the priorities we will have when awarding funds through our open grants programme. The existing application form and guidelines can still be used until July 31st. In line with our existing procedures, we will aim to assess and present all applications received by this date to our September Board meeting. In the event that we are unable to do so, your application may be held until our November meeting. In such cases a member of staff will contact you and provide any assistance required to realign your application with the new Giving Strategy. Find out all you need to know here.

Over the last five years, The Trust has invested £1.8m into organisations utilising sport and physical activity as a way of delivering positive change. We refer to this as Sport for Change. We define Sport for Change as: “where sport and physical activity is intentionally used to deliver social impacts for individuals and communities and to address inequalities”.

These impacts include increased physical activity levels, improved health and wellbeing, skills and confidence, social inclusion and cohesion. Implicit within our definition is the understanding that these positive impacts can only happen for people who are engaged and retained within the sporting organisation or activity.

In this way, participation in sport and physical activity becomes a driver to enable positive social change, rather than being seen as an end goal in itself. Through our work in Sport for Change we aim to:

  • Increase understanding of Sport for Change approaches and ‘what works’ when supporting the development of sustainable sports organisations that meet the needs of their communities
  • Develop the evidence base on what type of approaches are most likely to be effective when engaging and retaining people in sport and physical activity and delivering intentional positive impact as a result of this
  • Support funded organisations to deliver better impact through sport and physical activity
  • Inform the policy and practice environment around Sport for Change 

You can read more about our Sport for Change work here.


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