With jogscotland’s future in doubt following the Scottish government’s withdrawal of £100,000 of funding, scottishathletics and SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) have joined forces to save the running network. The partnership will secure and develop jogscotland for the future.
Mark Munro, CEO of scottishathletics, said: “We have been working away in the background with SAMH for the past nine months.
“SAMH are a fantastic, forward-thinking charitable organisation and there is a clear natural link between physical and mental wellbeing. With one in four of the Scottish public affected by mental health problems, it makes absolute sense to progress this partnership and the programme can only be enhanced by SAMH support and expertise.”
Billy Watson, chief executive of SAMH, said: “SAMH recognises the importance of partnership working and sharing a common vision with our partners, so we are delighted to be working with scottishathletics to maintain Scotland’s recreational running network – jogscotland. We will look to offer exciting new opportunities to the existing 40,000 jogscotland members and 300 + groups across the country.
“For many years SAMH has been committed to promoting good mental health and has a number of other sport and physical activity programmes which align positively with this new development. Scottish Athletics longstanding knowledge and experience has seen jogscotland flourish. We hope our partnership can see continued success for existing and new members, supporters and funders.”