Active Stirling are proud to support the development of the Community Sport Hub programme across the local authority area. Community Sport Hubs are a Commonwealth Games Legacy Initiative, and, along with Active Schools, is one of sportscotland’s key programmes in ensuring everyone benefits from Scotland’s sporting system. Starting in 2010, there are now around 200 operational hubs across all 32 local authorities.
What is a Community Sport Hub?
A Community Sport Hub is a collective of local sports clubs & other community organisations that come together to improve the contribution that sport & physical activity has on a community.
The Community Sport Hub approach is to support and empower local people to improve sport & physical activity in communities across Scotland. It starts with understanding the needs within a community and then collaborating to facilitate and deliver activities and interventions.
The development approach allows for each Community Sport Hub to be unique, however each hub is founded on the same three pillars following six common principles:
Community Sport Hubs in Stirling
Our network of Community Activation Officers are on hand to collaborate with local leaders. They provide support to help understand barriers and develop inclusive approaches that ensure everyone can get active. They help establish partnerships and develop plans and resources to build capacity and capability in community organisations.
Currently, we have three hubs operational and one hub in the planning phase.
Fintry has a long history of community resilience and development. The sport & recreation club has been a hub for the area for many decades, providing sport & activity offerings, café, shop, and most recently opened Fintry museum. The hub works in partnership with local school, community hall and community hub and events space to continually develop innovative ideas and projects for both people in Fintry and surrounding areas.
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Formally Killin & District Sport & Leisure Club, this hub operates a site consisting of a pavilion building, bowls green, and AstroTurf pitch. Unfortunately, these facilities need replacement having been in place for three decades. With no other accessible sports facilities for twenty miles in any direction, the hub is now a registered SCIO and have developed a long-term plan for capital investment and development of: pump track & trails, sustainable youth work, new astroturf pitch, reconfiguration of pavilion into a more modern and flexible space.
In addition, the hub acts as a body to advance local citizenship, provide recreational facilities, and provide relief to those in need.
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This hub provides facilities for youth & adult sports activities and wider community activities (e.g., employment, training, children development, hosting community events). Based at Bluebellwood park, the hub is made up of some of Stirling’s most established clubs in Milton FC, Bannockburn RFC, and St Modan’s Cricket Club. In total supporting more than 650 members across the three sports.
Situated within one of the most rapidly expanding areas in Stirling, there is an identified demand for increased capacity and diversification of offering within the hub. In addition to expanding reach and accessibility to local villages and areas of deprivation. The hub has successfully worked with partner organisations to secure circa £200k for a facility upgrade, with work commencing on the building in late March.
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The most recent hub in Stirling brings two of Callander’s most established sports clubs in Callander Cricket & Callander Thistle FC together to form a SCIO. Their aim is to improve access and offering both for sport and social opportunities at an identified bespoke site they aim to purchase and develop in the coming years. The hub is off to an exciting start establishing new partnerships for this venture, raising capital and revenue funding to extending their sports offering for the entire Trossachs & Teith Ward.