Project information

Give Learning a Sporting Chance

The Give Learning a Sporting Chance project will target older adults aged 50+, long term unemployment, those moving from caring responsibilities, and people with low levels of basic skills to encourage their participation in sport and informal learning opportunities to measure the benefits on health

March 2017 - February 2018

Charity information: Scotland's Learning Partnership

Scotland's Learning Partnership
  • Need


    Cancer, heart disease and stroke are the three biggest killers in Scotland, accounting for around half of all deaths, (Social Health Survey, Scotland), with the biggest risk factor being the lack of exercise.

    Age, unsurprisingy is one reason people cite as their reason for non participation and those living in the most deprived areas do not take part due to diffculties in accessing local opportunities. The project will work develop new programmes specifically aimed at older people.


    The project will:

    • Provide one sports session per week for ten weeks offering advice and guidance about the sporting opportunities to encourage participation in sport.
    • Work with sports professionals to provide taster sessions and one off seminars on sporting topics and confidence building to help attract adults with low literacy skills to the main 10-week programmes.
    • Provide older adults with the key skills to get involved in local sporting opportinities either as a coach or participant.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To develop older people’s potential to contribute to society throughout their lives through sport.


    » Provide one session in each golf, football, bowling, badminton, tennis, netball, rowing, swimming, cycling and walking per week for ten weeks.
    » Provide ten week specialist programme in chosen sport per person to cement interest.

    What success will look like

    We will:

    Develop a cohort of older people as sports role models to talk to groups of older people about the benefits of sport.

    Establish an ongoing sports taster programme.

  • Impact


    We will:

    Work with older people to create positive role models who will engage with other members of the community to support and encourage them to take part.

    Promote sport as a way to engage in learning throughout life for women and men aged 50+.

    Establish a coaching group of older people who will run local learning sessions within their communities for other older people.

    Challenge the way older people consider their opportunities to participate in sport.


    There are fewer risks in this project than others we have run because the environment for taking part is secure, protected and supportive.

    We have assessed the issue of older people not taking part but do not consider that this is a significant factor because we have established the fact that many older people don't take part in traditional opportunities as they are aimed at young people.

    We have secured involvement of the best older role models to promote the positive images and experiences.


    We will invite them to our success events and sporting challenge events and we will produce a newsletter to keep them updated.

    Our website will host a special project page to enable them to see and hear from participants on a regular basis and we will invite them to our awards programme events.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £24,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 Sports Workshops Holding ten taster sessions in each discipline
      £15,000 Sports Course Holding 10 weeks of ten sports courses
      £5,000 Accomodation Costs Sporting facilities Costs
      £2,500 Evaluation Evaluation and Write Up
  • Background


    Our project will be located in three local authority areas:

    North Ayrshire: Saltcoats, Ardrossan and Stevenson have the poorest heath statistics and lifespan in Scotland.

    Edinburgh-older people in three specific housing estates, Cragmillar, Wester Hailes and Craigroyston will be targeted to ensourage their active partipartion

    North Lanarkshire: Airdire and Coatbridge are the target areas for that.


    We will work with 100 adults aged 50 + who have been unemployed for more than 36 months and have other significant barriers such as poor mental health (depression).

    The evidence of need is significant. We identified a particularly vulnerable group, those aged 50+ who have been unemployed for 36 months or more. This group is most likely to have few or no qualifications and not to have participated in post compulsory learning and as a result have been excluded from other community activities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The project is directly focused on supporting disadvantaged beneficiaries at the critical points of entry and early stages, where such groups are at most risk of dropping out and to support activities where there are limited local resources.

    As an organisation we have over fifteen years experience in working with this type of group to introduce new ideas and activities to them and to support them through a new learning journey.

    We are the only organisation who works nationally and locally.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tracy Waddell

    Senior Development Officer will manage the project and support the tutors and specialist sports coaches to deliver their ten week programme.

    Lee Callaghan

    Lee will help plan the programme with the participants ensuring that we meet their needs and providing them with ongoing advice and support.