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Sporting Start exists to enable young people in Edinburgh and the Lothians to experience and enjoy sport.

Find out more about Sporting Start HERE

Who we Support

We help individuals and groups who face financial or other barriers which limit their opportunity to access or participate in sport. See below for our current projects.

What we Fund

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


If you are a sporting organisation and you are looking for funding for a new project that meets our criteria, please get in touch by completing an Expression of Interest online form HERE


Current Projects

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

'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.


'Moving the Goalpost' with Hibernian Community Foundation

Starting January 2019, we are supporting this project aimed at increasing participation in sport for boys and girls P4-P7. Our funding covers the costs of Hibernian Community Foundation coaches to deliver free football sessions for a year at three primary schools in the Leith area. Sessions also include coaching on health and wellbeing as well as development of other skills such as leadership and communication.


'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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Mahatma Gandhi

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