Sport for Everyone


About the Inquiry


The remit for this work is:

To consider the degree of progress made in recent years around access to, and participation in, sport in Scotland. 

To make recommendations in ensuring that the Commonwealth Games "Active Legacy" aims of increasing access to and participation in sport continue over the medium to long term.

The inquiry has three key strands that it will consider and assess:

  • Sport participation
  • Commonwealth Games Legacy
  • Barriers to Sport

The inquiry will have two phases.

Phase 1 of the inquiry will provide the Committee with an opportunity to consider a range of views from those stakeholders involved in the provision of sport facilities, sport clubs and sport activities and also to hear from those who do not currently participate in sport to determine the reasons and any potential barriers to their participation. 

A roundtable evidence session to explore the three main strands of the Committee inquiry will be followed by a series of fact-finding to consider examples of good practice.  The Committee will visit and meet with organisations and individuals which have achieved increases in participation rates and engagement with 'hard to reach groups' by breaking down barriers to engagement with sport.  The second strand of the visits will provide members with the opportunity to meet with individuals who are currently not participating in sport to explore the barriers to their engagment. 

The focus for phase 2 of the inquiry will be determined by the findings from phase 1.  For example the Committee may identify specific barriers to sport participation which it may wish to pursue in more detail as part of phase 2.


Phase 1

The Committee held a formal oral evidence session on 21 February.

Phase 2

The Committee held formal oral evidence sessions on 26 September, 3 October and 24 October.


Phase 1

Written Evidence  - Phase 1

Phase 2

Call for Views

A targeted call for written evidence was issued on Friday 19 May and closed on 30 June 2017. 

Phase 2 of the inquiry is focussed on grassroots sport and the importance of developing strategies to remove barriers to participation.

Call for Views - Phase 2

Read the written responses


On 15 March the Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport regarding the funding of the jogscotland programme.


On 19 July 2017 the Scottish Government responded to the Committee's interim report.

On 27 November 2017 the Committee published its final report.

On 28 March 2018 the Scottish Government responded to the Committee's Report.

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