Following on from the news that the Scottish Government were planning to withdraw funding for jogscotland, it has announced it will commit £60,000 towards the programme over the next two years via sportscotland. The funding is to be directed at expanding jogscotland’s reach to the inactive and underrepresented, including women, girls and older people.
It will also look to tackle inequality and discrimination in participation, concentrating on LGBTI discrimination in particular.
Mark Munro, CEO of scottishathletics, said: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government have seen value in continued financial support of the programme for the next two years. In particular, we would like to thank the Minister for Public Health & Sport, Aileen Campbell, for taking the time to consider the important role of jogscotland within the physical activity sector in Scotland.
“The funding will allow us to continue to develop the programme within those difficult to reach areas and groups, as well as continuing to strengthen our partnership with the Scottish Association for Mental Health and re-position jogscotland alongside wider physical activity charities and groups.
“We would also like to thank our jogscotland groups and leaders who continue to raise the profile and evidence the impact of the programme across the country. One key area of work over the next six months is ensuring that we better capture the data and impacts of jogscotland within a physical activity and health context.”