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Sporting Start is a charity which enables young people in Edinburgh and the Lothians to experience and enjoy sport.


We help individuals and groups who face financial or other barriers which limit their opportunity to access or participate in sport.


We aim to provide funding support to help with, for example, coaching, courses, events, facilities and sports equipment.

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Latest News 


Murrayfield Wanderers Oct Camp

February 2021

Our Trustee, Jason White, talks about Sporting Start's partnership with Lismore RFC and the launch of their new youth development programme, Edinburgh Harlequins.

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Some words from Jason

February 2021

Our Trustee, Jason White, talks about Sporting Start's partnership with Lismore RFC and the launch of their new youth development programme, Edinburgh Harlequins.

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New Judo project launched

February 2021

Our latest project partnership is with Randori Judo based in Midlothian. We've provided funding for additional membership spaces and new equipment which will enable many more young people in the local community to access Judo.  

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COVID Won't Stop Rugby In Leith 

February 2021

It has been a tough year for youth sport but Leith Rugby still managed to get activity after the Spring lockdown. 


Lismore RFC launches new youth programme

December 2020

We are delighted to congratulate one of our partners, Lismore Rugby Club, who have recently launched a new youth programme named  'Edinburgh Harlequins' designed to create increased opportunities for young players based in South East Edinburgh to engage in rugby.

Thank You!

Lockdown Fundraisers

July - Dec2020

Despite all the restrictions in lockdown, many of our supporters have found brilliant ways to keep fundraising:

Pilates instructor, Jenny Tyler, raised £350 from a special fundraising zoom pilates class held on 8th July.

We received £700 raised by employees of Courtyard by Marriot Edinburgh West, who held a100 mile lockdown cycle in July.

Many thanks for the generous support from groupH who donated £1000 in November.

George Watson's College Thrift shop kindly donated old stock of sports footwear which is now being used in our football & rugby community projects.

George Heriot's Junior School raised a fantastic £601 from proceeds of charity Christmas cards


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GWC bobble hat fundraising!

Jan 2020

Many thanks to George Watson's College for their generous donation of £1200 from proceeds of sales of GWC bobble hats!

Sporting Start is honoured to be a George Watson's College charity partner.

Other News 

Sporting Start partners with City of Edinburgh Basketball Club

December 03, 2019

£4,200 was provided in order for City of Edinburgh Basketball Club to buy new equipment and allow the club to expand their vital outreach work across the city, including taking the sport to children in North Edinburgh in 2020.

Read the full story here

Malcolm takes on the mighty Pyrenees Stage Run

August 27, 2019

Massive congratulations and good luck to Malcolm who is taking on the mighty challenge of running 240km and 15,000 metres ascent over the Spanish Pyrenees 1-8 September 2019 to fundraise for Sporting Start. Awesome!

You can find out more about the race at http://psr.run

Here's Malcolm's Golden Giving page if you'd like to support: https://www.goldengiving.com/fundraising/Malcypyrenees

Go Malcolm! We are all cheering for you!

Myreside to Lords Cycle Success !

July 03, 2019

4.5 days / 515 miles / over £8,000 raised 

Massive congratulations to Alasdair Macdonell and George Salmond for their outstanding effort.


We salute you! 

Read more about their epic cycling challenge here

Shug takes on Edinburgh Seven Hill Challenge

June 09, 2019

Sporting Start's very own Trustee, Shug Anderson, is fundraising for our charity and hoping to raise over £1000.

Please support him here: https://www.goldengiving.com/fundraising/shug7hills


Myreside to Lords Cycle Challenge

June 09, 2019

Inspired by Martin Macari and his love of cricket, cycling and a challenge (amongst many other things) Alasdair Macdonell and George Salmond will embark on their own challenge, raising money for Sporting Start. 

Over 5 days, they will cover 500 miles as they cycle from the home of cricket in Morningside (Myreside) to a wee village ground in St John's Wood, London (Lords)! This won't be easy... However, if they knew that every mile would raise £10, saddle sores and funny walks in the evenings would be worth it!

Please support them here: https://www.goldengiving.com/fundraising/myreside2lords

Fundraising Dinner Success!

May 06, 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended this year's Sporting Start Fundraising Dinner at Myreside.  It was a brilliant evening of fun, friendship, fun and fundraising. This year we were honoured to be joined by guests representing two of our current projects with Spartans Community Football Academy and Lismore Rugby Club. 

Photo: Our MC, Tonya Macari with Sporting Start Trustee, Jason White

Sporting Start proud to be charity partner for 1st Inner City schools football tournament

April 29, 2019

All Star Events is hosting the 1st Inner City schools football tournament at The Oriam in Edinburgh on Tuesday 21 May 2019, from 10am until 2pm.

The event organisers are a group of Edinburgh College Year 2 HND Students. The four-strong team at All Star Events are passionate about bringing children together in sport and could think of no better event to organise than a schools football tournament.

Sixteen school teams from all over the Lothians will face each other on Tuesday 21 May at The Oriam in Edinburgh. During the tournament there will be two Cups available based on school team abilities allowing all levels of teams to participate. The winning teams will receive a trophy and all players will take home a participation medal.

There are a limited number of spaces still available to primary schools and if you would like further details, or wish your school to participate, please contact the organisers on allstarevents.football@gmail.com or directly on 0131 297 9625.

Watson’s partnership helps to spread the joy of sport

March 20, 2019

Thanks to funding from Sporting Start, children at Gracemount Primary School are having their first experience of hockey coaching.


‘Hockey Start’ is a new programme run by George Watson’s College designed to spread the joy of sport, and in particular hockey, to more young people who may not otherwise get the opportunity to participate. 60 P5 pupils at Gracemount Primary School are now enjoying hockey sessions once a week delivered by Watson’s coaches, all who have played the sport at national or international level.


Read more here

Happy 1st Birthday Sporting Start!

February 28, 2019

Thanks to the amazing generosity of our supporters, we’ve made great progress in our first year.


We are delighted to have four community outreach programmes up and running in partnership with Spartans Community Football Academy, Lismore Rugby Club, Hibernian Community Foundation and George Watson’s College. All these projects are delivering a mix of coaching and life skills in a safe environment to primary school children in deprived areas of Edinburgh.

These projects are only possible thanks to your amazing support. Thank you!  

2019 fundraising off to a great start!

January 26, 2019

Our 2019 fundraising is off the blocks thanks to PM-Projen's Edinburgh office team who have raised £215.45 for Sporting Start through their bake sale, quiz night and raffle.  Big thanks to Colin Rodger for organising.

Congratulations to the quiz night winning team  '3 Steves + 1'  and to everyone at PM-Projen for their fantastic support! 

Sporting Start's boot bank in the news

December 03, 2018

Read all about the boot bank set up as part of our first Sporting Start project and how it will help more kids in north Edinburgh play football.


Read full Edinburgh Evening News article here

Freddie inspired to step outside of his comfort zone

November 14, 2018

Read Gary Heatly's interview with teacher, Freddie Main, about how he was inspired by Martin's Sporting Start legacy to take up Touch.  Full article HERE

Sporting Start's First Projects Announced

November 05, 2018

Sporting Start is delighted to announce its first two projects, both of which shall be launching this month.


The first project will be facilitated in partnership with Spartans Community Football Academy  and will support the north Edinburgh-based football club’s “Street Football in a Safe Place” programme. and the second project will be in partnership with Lismore Rugby Club.  Read the full story HERE

Gillian's John Muir Way Challenge

October 09, 2018

Huge congratulations to Gillian Robinson for raising a brilliant £1368.75 for Sporting Start and for creating her own walking challenge when the organised event was cancelled last minute! 

Caritas Bake Sale

August 16, 2018

From the sports field to the stage, George Watson’s College support of Sporting Start continued in August with a bake sale at the strings music summer school which raised  £321.59. Many thanks to everyone who supported this by baking, buying and eating yummy cakes and the wonderful children at the Caritas Strings Summer School who played beautifully.

From all of us at Sporting Start, a special thanks to Lucy Gillan for organising.

The Big Bike Ride

August 10, 2018

With torrential rain and a strong east wind,  Sporting Start couldn't have picked a better day for a bike ride to North Berwick. The intrepid group of eleven set off from Myreside at 10am forecasting an arrival time of circa 12.30 . This was immediately put in to question with a first stop one mile down the road at Casa de Macari for essential bacon rolls and coffee.


Read the full story HERE

On your Marks, Set, Go.....

June 25, 2018

We were honoured that George Watson’s College chose to partner with Sporting Start for their annual school sports day in June, helping to raise awareness and support throughout the GWC family and wider community. Junior School Headmaster, George Salmond, introduced Sporting Start to the many pupils and parents attending and Sporting Start flags proudly marked the finishing line of the track events.


The whole event was a fantastic example of young people enjoying sport and really sums up what Sporting Start is setting out to achieve -  helping more young people enjoy sport and all the benefits it brings.

Crowds Gather at Myreside

April 27, 2018

One hundred and fifty friends and family gathered at Myreside tonight to celebrate Sporting Start's inaugural dinner.

The sold out event hosted by presenter Tonya Macari was a huge success for all raising some much needed funds for the new charity.

Sporting Start Makes Headlines!

March 04, 2018

Catch up with all the media coverage of Sporting Start's launch:

Jason White Launches Sporting Start

February 28, 2018

Read all about Jason's interview with Scrum Magazine and how Martin's legacy will help young people in Edinburgh to participate in sport.


Jason, a former Scottish rugby and British Lion spoke to Gary Heatly at the launch of Sporting Start.

Join Us Today

February 27, 2018

Please help us fund projects that help young people in Edinburgh develop a life-long love of sport and experience all the benefits this brings.

Click here to find out how to become a Friend of Sporting Start. 

Sporting Start's Inspiration

February 27, 2018

Sporting Start was founded in memory of Martin Macari, an inspirational and talented sportsman whose life was cut short by cancer aged 47. A passionate advocate for the power and joy of sport, Martin led by role model example as player, coach and leader across multiple sports.

Find out more about Martin here

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