We are delighted to be partnering with the following organisations to support community sports projects for young people in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Randori Judo Club, Midlothian

Our latest partnership, started in December 2020 is with Randori Judo. Sporting Start have provided funding for additional membership spaces and new equipment which will enable many more young people in the local community to access Judo and benefit from all the physical and mental wellbeing involved.


Spartans Community Football Academy Para-football

Our second project with Spartans Community Football Academy was started in January 2020. Sporting Start has provided funding to help support para-football coaching for special needs schools in Edinburgh, enabling 65 children to participate weekly. Funding covers coaching staff costs and equipment.

City of Edinburgh Basketball Club

In December 2019, Sporting Start provided funding to City of Edinburgh Basketball Club for new portable equipment and allow the club to do vital outreach work for across the city. In 2020, using the new equipment, the club will be taking the sport to children in North Edinburgh with the aim of getting more young people involved in the sport and living a a healthier more active lifestyle.

Leith Rugby Club

In September 2019, Sporting Start provided funding to Leith Rugby Club towards the cost of running Leith Vixens and rugby festivals for children in the Leith Academy cluster of primary schools. Additionally we supplied playing kit, secure storage for it, transport costs to get the children to games and coaching fees. Leith Rugby Club have strengthened their relationships with the six local primary schools as they continue to deliver curricular rugby to P4 - P7 children in blocks of 5 – 6 weeks.  

'Hockey Start' with George Watson's College and Watsonians Hockey Club

‘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. Started in February 2019, we are funding coaching time to enable 60 P5 pupils at Gracemount Primary School to enjoy hockey sessions once a week delivered by Watson’s coaches, all who have played the sport at national or international level. In August 2019, the project was expanded to include lunch time hockey club coaching for pupils in P6 /P7 who wish to continue playing hockey.


'Street Football in a Safe Place' with Spartans Community Football Academy

Sporting Start is supporting the north Edinburgh-based football club’s 'Street Football in a Safe Place' programme. Our funding goes towards establishing a boot bank to ensure primary school children have the opportunity to take part by borrowing appropriate footwear. We will also fund a community coach to support Granton Primary School with Saturday morning sport.


Community Youth Programme with Lismore Rugby Club

This project supports Lismore's community youth programme to help fund the delivery of the rugby and personal development programme to the Castlebrae High School cluster of primary schools in Edinburgh. This three year programme will cover the costs of staff time to deliver the programme and sports kit required for the participants.

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