Sport is not a commonly considered or debated issue come election time; however we think this needs to change.
On May 5th 2016 Scotland will elect the Government that will be tasked with building upon what was arguably the most exciting time ever in Scottish sport. As well as seeing Glasgow host the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the Ryder Cup played at Gleneagles, we also saw huge social and sporting success as a home country part of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
Sport in Scotland was thrust onto the world stage, not only as hosts of large scale sporting events but also due to the successes of our athletes and our shared ambition for a world class sporting system for everyone in Scotland. The inspiration drawn from these events, athletes and successes has left a lasting legacy. There is an excitement and buzz around sporting activity, but that while fun and enjoyment are at its heart, there is recognition that sport is not just an income generator and medal winner - it can help our nation to live longer, healthier and happier lives.
As a nation - Scotland is passionate about sport; almost one-fifth of our population is in membership of one of 13,000 sports clubs in Scotland. VoteforSport is a chance to show that sport matters to you ahead of the 2016 Scottish Elections; a chance to not only support sport, but to support a nation that loves sport so much. That's what we're asking those individuals who are standing in the 2016 Scottish Elections. The Scottish Sports Alliance is calling on all politicians who will be in the running to represent the needs of thousands of sportsmen and women, participants, coaches, officials, volunteers and supporters to pledge their support to become a ‘Sporting Champion’.
We’re asking candidates to sign up to: “I pledge as a Sporting Champion to recognise the unique role, value and potential of sport in Scottish Society.”
We’re asking them to champion sport in Scotland And to support our shared ambition towards a world class sporting system for everyone in Scotland.