Changing Lives Champions

In 2019 the Champions programme kicked off with a cohort of 38 people from local partners, Scottish Governing Bodies of sport and national third sector organisations who were willing to take a risk on a new programme, a new approach and a new way of thinking. In 2020 cohort 2 launched with 48 Champions creating a new network of over 80 thought leaders who are contributing to changing lives through sport. Now, the Champions programme is ready for Cohort 3 - we are seeking a group of people who believe sport and physical activity can help change lives and become part of the network of thought leaders that are leading change in our system.

The Champions Programme inspires and enables professional staff working in the club and communities environment within the sporting system to adopt and apply a Changing Lives approach and ultimately help clubs, Community Sport Hubs and community organisations to deliver individual and community change through sport and physical activity.

Changing Lives is a mindset:

‘The Changing Lives mindset is about using sport and physical activity to intentionally bring about positive change for people and communities.’

This approach supports our sportscotland’s Sport for Life strategy by helping partners and organisations deliver the Active Scotland Framework, and crucially contribute to wider outcomes. We want sport and physical activity to deliver intentional outcomes in areas such as health, education, community development and social cohesion, with inclusion underpinning everything we do. All of this will be done through strong partnerships with others who work in these sectors.

The aim of the Champions programme is to deliver increased enthusiasm, knowledge, skills, capacity, and resources so that organisations can utilise the Changing Lives approach. The Champions programme is structured around the Clubs and Communities Framework with key topics including:

  • The power of sport
  • Start with ‘why’
  • Managing change and how ideas spread
  • How we create change for people and communities
  • Understanding how Equality, Diversity and Inclusion underpins our work
  • What are outcomes in sport?
  • How to identify community needs
  • What does sustainability look like for us?
  • Social enterprise business models
  • Creating a logical model of how impact will be achieved
  • Implementing an evaluation and learning cycle
  • Crafting compelling stories
  • Getting ready for investment
  • Being a thought leader

The application form and all relevant details can be found within the pack. If you have any issues with a written application, please contact Pamela Dewar as below to discuss a more accessible format. 

Information Pack  

The deadline for applications is at 9am on Thursday 26 May 2022. An information session for anyone interested to hear more took place online on Wednesday 18 May. Should you wish to view the recording, please email

Please note if you are successful in the process, the Champions cohort 3 induction session will take place online on Wednesday 15 June 2022, 9.30am-12.30pm so please keep this date free for now. Your line manager will also be asked to attend their first session online on Thursday 16 June 9.30-11.30am. 

For further information on the Champions programme, please contact

Hear what past Champions had to say about the programme


Date published: 31 August 2020
Date updated: 18 May 2022


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