A collage of images from sportscotland's sport for all 2019 campaign

Sport for all 2019

Celebration of inclusion brings out the best in Scottish sport

No matter your age, gender or sexuality, your race or ethnicity, your religious beliefs, your physical or mental health challenges or where you live, sport is for you.

Sport For Life, the corporate strategy from sportscotland launched in May 2019, reinforces the commitment to inclusion that underpins Scotland’s world class sporting system.

Throughout December 2019, the national agency for sport decided to celebrate the people and projects delivering on this commitment and providing equal opportunities for all.

The social media campaign traversed the country, highlighting the good work being done in all communities in Scotland. Scroll down to see which case studies we showcased.




An urban cricket project that drives social inclusion and community engagement in deprived parts of Glasgow, engaging young people from multiple ethnic minorities.


A new awareness campaign that aims to encourage more parents of children with disabilities to try swimming and join mainstream swimming lessons.

Kinghorn Coastal Rowing Club

A rowing club in Fife is improving the health and wellbeing of local women through a new tailored initiative.

National Shinty Disability Festival

A festival that provides opportunities for children with special needs and learning difficulties to take part in a fun, safe shinty festival and experience the benefits of sport.

Dundee United Dynamos

New sessions have been introduced for powerchair football beginners at the successful Tayside Dynamos club, hosted at Fintry Primary School and backed by National Lottery funding.

Armchair athletics

A new project run by the local community sports hub unites primary school children with care-home residents in the Hebridean islands of Uist and Barra.

Scotland wheelchair curlers

Sport psychologist Misha Botting describes why athletes' families are part of the team in the Stirling-based British Curling performance programme for wheelchair curlers.


Rainbow Laces is the inclusive annual campaign that brings the colours of the rainbow to sport. Visit @StonewallScotland or click on the link below to discover which Scottish sporting organisations got involved in 2019.

Tee times for troops

An initiative by Active Stirling that helps veterans who suffer from PTSD and other conditions, or who live in isolation, to enjoy the social and physical benefits of golf.

Judo Girls Rock 

A popular national programme that has transformed the landscape of girls' participation in judo across Scotland.

Inclusive paddlesport 

Canoeing has been made accessible for people with multiple sclerosis and other disabilities thanks to a partnership between Scottish Canoeing, Scottish Disability Sport, regional partners and the Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland.

Martin Perry  

The amazing story of how a para table tennis star from Paisley overcame adversity – starting at birth – to achieve his dream of becoming a full-time athlete.

Autism-friendly rugby 

Autism-friendly sessions created by the Strathmore Rugby Club Community Trust are changing children's lives – the club also runs a unified side called Strathmore Clan that enables disabled and able-bodied people to team up.

Janice Eaglesham MBE 

Tributes were paid to one of Scotland’s greatest disability sport pioneers and champions of inclusion, who died in 2019 and was posthumously honoured with a sportscotland Lifetime Achievement in Coaching award.

Breaking the ice 

Scottish Curling’s British Sign Language and Deaf-friendly programme helps people take part in curling who would otherwise feel excluded due to barriers in communication.

Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club 

Glasgow City Schools Rowing Programme puts youth work and inclusion at the heart of its activity with a focus on enabling young people to achieve.

Elaine Boyd 

Elaine has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. But with the help of her RaceRunner, she can run for the first time, with jogscotland group Edinburgh FrontRunners for company.


A Renfrewshire project that helps care-experienced young people to discover the benefits of sport.

Inclusive coaching 

A Fife teenager with autism demonstrates the accessibility of waterskiing and wakeboarding, with the help of inclusive coach Kris Waz.

Paraclimb Festival 

An annual event at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena gives para-climbers the chance to explore the possibilities provided by this truly inclusive sport.

One community

St Madoes Active Sport Hub brings people together at a parish church in Perthshire where the whole community can experience the physical and social benefits of sport.

Ciaran Young 

An Aberdeenshire teenager with autism, epilepsy and learning difficulties became an accomplished member of jogscotland group Tain Joggers, with his mother by his side.

The McCowans

All four members of this Ayrshire family have what they need to succeed in international para-sport thanks to the Boccia UK performance programme and the world class and fully accessible National Training Centre based just up the road.

Majella Kerr

A coach with HOPE for Autism in North Lanarkshire goes the extra mile, learning Makaton sign language and the picture exchange communication system to help more people experience the benefits of sport.


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