The SNP Government will increase sportscotland’s core funding by £2 million in 2018-19, from £29.7 million to £31.7 million – a 6.7% increase - to prioritise the development of sport within Scotland.
Minister for Public Health and Sport Aileen Campbell MSP said:
“We will continue to invest in our communities, clubs and schools which will include a specific focus on equalities ensuring the world-class system is for everyone. Our additional support to make up £3.4 million of the anticipated shortfall in National Lottery funding will provide certainty in the absence of action from the UK Government, and will build on the decision we took to continue business rates relief for sport and leisure centres."
Kenneth Gibson MSP added:
“In recent years, we’ve seen substantial progress with more women and girls participating in sport, but there is still more we can do to get women involved in sports from grassroots right up to performance levels, which is one of the reasons why this increase in funding for sportscotland is so significant.
“In North Ayrshire, we have seen significant SNP Government investment in top-class sports facilities such as Garnock Community Campus and of course the recently opened sportscotland National Centre Inverclyde in Largs.
“Supporting sports development in Scotland is of huge importance; being more active can contribute positively to areas such as mental and physical health and I would like to see more people taking advantage of the facilities on offer to them and getting more active in 2018.”
Commenting on the SNP Government’s Draft Budget Bill, sportscotland Chair Mel Young said:
“It is encouraging that in the 2018/19 Draft Budget the SNP Government has increased sportscotland’s core grant by £2 million. We firmly believe in the power of sport and have worked hard with our partners to create a world-class sporting system. This settlement is extremely good news for sport in Scotland
“sportscotland is also delighted that the SNP Government has pledged to underwrite up to £3.4 million of potential National Lottery losses, as this provides stability for the sporting community for the foreseeable future.”