Sportscotland (officially styled sportscotland), formerly the Scottish Sports Council, is the national agency for sport in Scotland. Its stated aim is to build a world class sporting system for everyone in Scotland.

TypeExecutive non-departmental public body
Legal statusGovernment agency
PurposeSport governing body
Formerly called
Scottish Sports Council

The Scottish Sports Council was established in 1972 by royal charter.[1] The body works in partnership with public, private and voluntary organisations. As an executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government, sportscotland advises ministers and implements government policy for sport and physical recreation. In 2002/03 sportscotland invested approximately £48 million of government grants and lottery funds.

The organisation runs three national sport centres:[2]

In 1998 sportscotland took over responsibility for the Scottish Institute of Sport and created the sportscotland institute of sport near the University of Stirling. The institute delivers high performance expertise to sports and athletes in Scotland. Sportscotland invests in the majority of national sports governing bodies in Scotland, such as Scottish Athletics.


  1. Queen Elizabeth II, 1971 Royal Charter: The Scottish Sports Council Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. sportscotland (13 April 2016). "National Centres". Archived from the original on 24 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  3. "Around us". Glenmore Lodge. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
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