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About Sporting Start

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.

As a father, one of Martin’s greatest hopes for his children was that they developed a love of sport from an early age and thrived from the many ways sport would enrich their lives. He strongly believed that every young person should be given this opportunity.


What Inspires Us

We believe that young people should have the opportunity to develop a life-long love of sport and experience all the benefits this brings.


Motivated by Martin’s zest for sport, health, friendship, laughter and living life to the full every day, Sporting Start was set up by his family and friends in 2017.

Through the work of our charity, we hope Martin’s sporting inspiration will continue to influence the lives of generations to come.

How We Work

Sporting Start is regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator OSCR. As a charity, we aim to keep our running costs very low so that all the funds we raise will go towards our chosen funded projects.


Our Trustees and Patrons are all volunteers and no-one connected to the charity receives payment for their work.

As a charity aiming to encourage young people to participate in sport, we are committed to ensuring a safe environment for staff, beneficiaries and volunteers.

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 Meet the Trustees

Shug Anderson


Shug started playing rugby aged 10 as the worlds tallest scrum half. After his promising career was cut short through injury (allegedly), he took up ski-ing and now spends hours on the slopes catching up with his kids. He is a  bean-counter.


Graham Bean


Once a talented football winger, Graham wings it on a daily basis as sports editor at the Scotsman. His ability to write a good game of any sport was developed in the early 80's having spent hours dreaming in the shed at Tynecastle.   


Andrew Constable


Andrew is a lawyer, so lets not dwell on that or it will get expensive. A veteran of East of Scotland Division 5 squash, he now focuses on working out at Craiglockhart gym with all his Gen Z  mates.


Lucy Macari


Lucy brings a creative edge to the charity with her marketing background. She also hosts Trustee meetings which is handy for the local pizzeria  and wine delivery shop. As secretary she feels it is important to stay impartial and not play any sports.

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Paul Macari


Paul can talk a good game of squash, golf, tennis and cricket and as Chair, he will also spend all day talking to you about how you can support our charity. Having now been beaten by all his children at squash he is on the lookout for a new sport to take up.


James McDougall


James was once an exceptional rugby player on his day. Unfortunately his day was a Monday and most matches he played in were at the weekend. Now a keen cyclist, he enjoys wearing lycra at weekends and during the week he lectures in law - sometimes in lycra.


Stephen Mutch


Mutchy was a "sort of" decent stand off and now spends his time rubbing rugby players legs as lead physio for Ireland. Previous TV appearances have occurred on the touchline at Murrayfield and Montpelier.


Ann Ritchie


Ann is a patriotic Tartan Army foot soldier and has witnessed many glorious defeats abroad. A committed tweeter, Ann pretends to be a millennial and is responsible for sharing the great work of the charity on our social media platforms.


Jason White


Every sports charity has to have a genuine sports star and Jason is ours. Now to old to chase the rugby ball, the former British Lion spends his days teaching sport and giving his impartial views on BBC during the Six Nations.

"Attitude is a little thing that
makes a big difference"

Sir Winston Churchill

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