|Type||Executive non-departmental public body|
|Legal status||Government agency|
|Purpose||Sport governing body|
|Scottish Sports Council|
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.
The Scottish Sports Council was established in 1972 by royal charter. 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:
- National Centre Inverclyde, near Largs, North Ayrshire, for the training of national squads, hosting championships and facilities for golf, fly fishing, badminton, squash etc.
- National Centre Glenmore Lodge, in Glenmore Forest Park near Aviemore, facilities for skiing, rock climbing, mountaineering, hill walking, kayaking, canoeing etc.
- National Centre Cumbrae, Isle of Cumbrae, watersports centre
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.
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