Sports Development

Who we are

Sports Development lies within the Lifelong Learning, Culture and Sport Section of the Education and Social Care Department. The team is made up of the Sports Development Officer, Rugby Development Officer, Community Sports Hub Development Officer, Active Schools Co-ordinators and a team of Sports Coaches and Assistants.  

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Vision and Goals

A number of agencies and organisations in Moray devised the Physical Activity, Sport and Health Strategy for Moray 2007-2012 'Living an Active Life.' The vision of this strategy is to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in moray through physical activity and sport.

Early years – Changing the culture in families so that active living becomes habitual: introducing activity from birth, involving the family group and encouraging basic skill acquisition at a young age.

School Age Children - increasing the physical activity levels of schoolchildren and providing them with the basic skills to participate to their full potential in a wide range of play and sports.

Community Participation – targeting the sedentary population, focussing on effecting behaviour change to reach the recommended activity levels. Maintaining active lifestyles and increasing activity levels in key population groups. 

Facilities - Developing a strategy for sports and leisure facilities in Moray.

Moray Council Sports Development and a number of internal and external partners are currently working on the creation of a new Physical Activity, Sport and Health strategy for 2014 and beyond.  This strategy will link in with the Moray 2023 plan and other relevant strategies.

What we do

The Sports Development Team undertake a variety of duties within their remit. The following are some key areas where they focus their efforts;

Children participating in a sport session

  • providing activities for people of all ages to participate in
  • supporting sports clubs to thrive and develop
  • train and mentor sports coaches and volunteers
  • develop partnerships to pull resources, skills and expertise together for the benefit of the community
  • developing talent and excellence in sport


Community Sports Hubs

Community Sports Hubs focus on the clubs and other local organisations that want to work together to improve the sport offered in their local community.

A community sport hub is focused on the clubs around a sport centre, community centre, school, park or a playing field pavilion.  In some cases a community sport hub combines a number of these places, or it may simply centre on a single-venue hosting many clubs. The 'hub' is essentially a collective of progressive sport clubs working together in a local community.

Each community sport hub is unique but the common thread is that each works to the following five principles:

  • Growth in participation
  • Engage the local community
  • Promote community leadership
  • Offer a range of sporting opportunities
  • Bring all appropriate (key) partners/ groups/people together.

Each community sport hub develops their own vision and values to ensure all involved are clear on the work they will do together, which is detailed in a simple, clear plan to improve the sport on offer.

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Working with Partners

We work with a range of partners to assist in the implementation of the 'Living an Active Life' strategy. Some of these partners include Third Sector Interface Moray, Outf!t Moray, SportScotland, NHS Grampian, Forestry Commission, Moray College, Moray Leisure Centre, sportMoray, National Governing Bodies of Sport and the Big Lottery.

Contact Details

The Sports Development Team comprises the following staff;

Sports Development Officer
01343 563657    Mobile: 07800 670675

Community Sports Hub Development Officer
01343 563644    Mobile: 07970 974857

Rugby Development Officer
01343 563894   Mobile: 07527 387549

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