One of the biggest changes to our newly launched strategy is to the fifth key pillar – ‘Community Impact & Health’. The vision and ambition of this strategic pillar has significantly increased as we strive to widen access to athletics across Scotland, to improve diversity in the sport and contribute towards health and wellbeing nationally.
Through our annual collection of diversity data across the sport, we know that the membership of scottishathletics exhibits significant underrepresentation from certain communities when compared with the representation of these communities in the Scottish population. Our three main areas of underrepresentation are:
The role of National Community Impact Officer will be to identify potential participants from these communities, understand and remove any real or perceived barriers to participation, and offer a range of participation opportunities to increase their mental and physical health and wellbeing.
The National Community Impact Officer will support the recruitment of Local Community Impact Leaders. This Community Impact Team will strive to widen access to physical activity to our underrepresented communities, increasing their physical and mental health and wellbeing, and ultimately empowering everyone to achieve their own personal success in the athletics and recreational running in Scotland.
scottishathletics is the national governing body for athletics in Scotland. Our vision is to give everyone in Scotland the opportunity to participate in athletics and running and to achieve their personal ambitions.
Our mission is to deliver an integrated, inclusive and adaptable model of athletics and running provision that inspires everyone in Scotland to enjoy the sport and experience personal success. Equality, diversity, and inclusion are at the heart of the work that scottishathletics leads, and the organisation works closely with all stakeholders in athletics across Scotland, to continue improving diversity and create an inclusive culture in the sport, and to be reflective of Scottish society.
Our strategy, Building a Culture of Success (2023-2027), captures the breadth of work that scottishathletics facilitates, from supporting performance athletes on the world stage to providing opportunities for people to participate in the sport within their local community. The member clubs play a crucial role in growing and developing the sport and, along with the volunteer workforce, they are integral to the sport’s future success.
Everyone in Scotland can participate in athletics and scottishathletics strives to continuously evolve to deliver on our vision for the sport.