The future of jogscotland is under threat with news that the Scottish government is to cut £100,000 of funding. The Scottish Athletics led initiative was set up in 2002 to provide a sociable, supportive environment to exercise. It has grown considerably since then with around 40,000 current members.
jogscotland Future In Doubt
jogscotland CEO Mark Munro commented: "We're absolutely devastated and shocked as well. We received a £100,000 from the government, roughly, for the last number of years and for a reason unknown to ourselves the funding has been cut."
A Scottish government spokesman said: “In 2016/17 Sportscotland provided Scottish Athletics with £65,000 to create a digital pilot system to demonstrate the impact which the JogScotland programme is having, and to use this to generate commercial income.
"An additional £50,000 was provided by Sportscotland to further support the transition of the jogscotland programme to a more sustainable model. In terms of the budget allocations for 2017/18, Scottish Athletics will discuss with Sportscotland how they plan to carry forward their strategic plan and their priorities for the forthcoming year."
The jogscotland website published the following statement: “It has now been confirmed to scottishathletics that Scottish Government funding for jogscotland won’t continue for the financial year 2017-18.
“We’d like to reassure members that significant alternative steps are being taken to maintain the programme for next year and beyond. It’s not yet possible to confirm how that will work, but we do hope to be able to do so in the next couple of weeks. We don’t anticipate any change for jog leaders or groups in the way they operate.”