Help clubs to understand community facility need and develop strategic plans that are sustainable and inclusive.

It is important that sport clubs are able to operate in the most appropriate places within their local community. For clubs to provide the best provision for members it is important to work with local partners to access the facilities that allow the club to grow and develop.

Find a facility - find out how to get involved in sport.

Design guidance support - expert advice and guidance on facilities and places, along with technical guides and datasheets. Case studies are also available.

Management - resources on facility and quality management, designed to help local authorities, governing bodies and other organisations manage sports facilities.

Funding - clubs can potentially be eligible for funding towards a new or improving an existing facility. Not all projects are eligible for funding and clubs are encouraged to go through the criteria set out within the guides and contact the sportscotland facilities team in the early stages of the project.

Protection of playing fields - planning policy for protecting playing fields.


Considerations for an asset transfer

If a club is thinking about taking on an asset (property of some kind) consider the following:

  • Is it necessary?
  • Are there other options available?
  • What benefits would it offer?

Who can help?

The Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) are a Scottish Government-funded programme, set up to help community-based groups in Scotland take on land or building assets for their community. COSS advisors are available to provide guidance through the process. 


The Asset Transfer Route Map, provides a guide through the four phases to asset acquisition. As a starting point, It is advised in the first instance to begin with Getting Started with Asset Transfer, Phase 2 and Phase 3 link closely to The People, The Money and The Business 


Date published: 10 October 2016
Date updated: 28 November 2017


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