Stronger Clubs Sustainable Future

In March 2012, three of Scotland’s top community sports clubs came together for the first time, along with their professional advisers and specialist suppliers to share their journeys from dreams to reality for all club volunteers.

Inch Park Community Sports Club, Edinburgh
Saturday 24 March 2012

The programme:

  • 0830 Registration & breakfast
  • 0945 Your Vision – How to achieve it
  • 1100 Break
  • 1130 Developing your assets
  • 1300 Lunch
  • 1400 A sustainable future
  • 1600 Relax in the club bar


  • Alan Cunningham, Secretary, BUSC
  • Alistair Davies, Chief Executive, Social Investment Scotland
  • Dougie Samuel, Development Manager, SCFA
  • Gordon Thompson, Director, Greenfields
  • Kenny Irons, Partner, Gillespie & MacAndrew, Solicitors
  • Malcolm Gillies, Chairman, IPCSC
  • Penny Lochhead, Director, PMR Leisure Ltd


  • The venue at Inch Park CSC is the most recently opened community sports club and isthe first ‘club’ in Scotland to be awarded Community Sport Hub status.


  • Staged on a Saturday to allow as many volunteers as possible to attend, the Seminar offers excellent value for money at £55.00 for your first club delegate and £45.00 thereafter for any additional delegates from your own club (prices include VAT).
  • Inch Park Community Sports Club, Edinburgh
    Saturday 24 March 2012

Seminar Programme Details

  • 0830 Registration & Bacon rolls

Theme: Your Vision – How do you achieve it?

  • 0945 Welcome & Introduction to the day
    – Penny Lochhead, PMR Leisure
  • 1010 Getting your club ready for the “challenge of change”
    – Penny Lochhead, PMR Leisure
  • 1035 Planning for success 
    – Dougie Samuel, Spartans CFA, Development Manager
  • 1110 Coffee break

Theme: Developing your assets

  • 1130 The Brief is everything! – Fit for purpose for sport
    – Caroline Slorach, Slorach & Wood Architects
    – Alan Cunningham, Broxburn United Sports Club
  • 1200 Synthetic pitches where do you start? 
    – Gordon Thompson, Greenfields
    – Dougie Samuel, Spartans CFA
  • 1230 Leasing & asset ownership – the difficult parts explained 
    – Kenny Irons, Gillespie & McAndrews
  • 1250 Q & A Chair: Penny Lochhead, PMR Leisure
  • 1300 Lunch

Theme: A sustainable future

  • 1400 How to fund your future 
    – Penny Lochhead, PMR Leisure
    – Alastair Davis, Social Investment Scotland
  • 1445 Joining up for Success! 
    – Malcolm Gillies, Inch Park Community Sports Club
  • 1530 Panel session 
    – Speakers from the day
  • 1600 Conference ends with beers in the bar and optional tours of facilities