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Sportscotland club hub


Sportscotland & Harper Macleod guidance for clubs

Welcome to Harper Macleod’s club hub, which contains useful information and guidance for sports clubs in Scotland.  In light of the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we understand that many sports clubs will be facing challenging times and so this hub seeks to address some of the most common questions that sports clubs may have during this time.

Harper Macleod LLP are appointed by sportscotland to provide legal services to Sport Governing Bodies (SGBs) and to support SGBs in the regulation and governance of sport in Scotland.  As part of this service, sportscotland has asked Harper Macleod LLP to provide guidance for clubs.  This is being offered as information only; the briefings and information hosted is provided on behalf of sportscotland and all SGBs supported under the expert resource programme.

The content of this site and the briefing notes do not constitute specific legal advice to clubs; these are guides and the information should help clubs make their own decisions in due course.  This is information shared on behalf of SGBs, to support the role of the SGBs.  Clubs if, in any doubt as to decisions to take, should take further guidance from their SGB and/or take their own independent legal advice.  We do, of course, hope that this site and the information provided is of assistance.  If there are any areas in which further guidance notes and information may be helpful to clubs, please email your SGB and request the provision of the same through this hub.


Important updates
Being Fraud Aware

Update January 2022

Several sports clubs and organisations, as with many businesses, have recently been the target of a convincing scamming campaign. Club treasurers received emails from what appeared to be their individual club presidents, asking for a payment to be sent to specific bank details.

Most who received the email followed this up by checking with the president or another official, before making any payment, which alerted them to the fact that it was a scam. However, it was particularly convincing and unfortunately a couple of clubs were caught out.

This is a serious issue affecting businesses and organisations across a variety of sectors. Scamming campaigns are becoming increasingly common and more difficult to spot.

Police Scotland has posted helpful advice that should be circulated around your business and highlights key points to consider and what to look out for to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.

Additionally, it is very important to follow your bank’s specific guidance on how best to avoid being scammed. This is crucial because, if in the unfortunate case you are caught out and lose money, if you have followed all bank promoted guidance it is more likely that the bank will provide a reimbursement and the losses are recovered.

This is an issue that is rapidly changing and becoming more and more prevalent. It is very important that all organisations are live to the most recent types of scams and the most up to date guidance for how best to spot and avoid.

Useful Links:


Coronavirus updates

Sport club guidance


Sport club guidance27 Mar 20DOWNLOAD

Data protection


What clubs need to know about coronavirus
and data protection
Data Protection Update for Sports Governing Bodies8 Jul 21DOWNLOAD

Employer obligations


Employers obligations19 Mar 20DOWNLOAD
10 key legal points for employers due to coronavirus school closures19 Mar 20DOWNLOAD
Emergency volunteer leave26 Mar 20DOWNLOAD
Holidays26 Mar 20DOWNLOAD
Home working guidance26 Mar 20DOWNLOAD
Protection for self employed and free lancers27 Mar 20DOWNLOAD
Coronavirus job retention scheme (CSJR) & Furloughed Workers (FW)27 Mar 20DOWNLOAD
Employment frequently asked questions (FAQs)1 Apr 20DOWNLOAD
Guidance for sports clubs supporting employees and
self employed coaches
Supporting employees3 Apr 20DOWNLOAD
Furlough – grant funding6 Apr 20DOWNLOAD
Further guidance – Coronavirus job retention scheme (CSJR) & Furloughed Workers (FW)6 Apr 20DOWNLOAD
Latest Coronavirus job retention scheme update
8 April
Latest Coronavirus job retention scheme update
14 April
Latest Coronavirus job retention scheme update
17 April
Coronavirus job retention scheme now live20 Apr 20DOWNLOAD
Coronavirus: New restrictions on workplaces22 Apr 20DOWNLOAD
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updated further30 Apr 20DOWNLOAD
Rent Suspension or Deferral during the Coronavirus pandemic30 Apr 20DOWNLOAD
Coronavirus: Updated Treasury Directions for
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Coronavirus: Scottish Government announces Test
and Protect advice for employers
Chancellor announces changes to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from July29 May 20DOWNLOAD
Latest Coronavirus job retention scheme update
15 June
Latest Coronavirus job retention scheme update – flexible furlough scheme now live1 Jul 20DOWNLOAD
New Jobs Support Scheme to replace Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme24 Sep 20DOWNLOAD

Financial support


How to access government financial support19 Mar 20DOWNLOAD
Business support information from the Scottish Government including property information20 Mar 20DOWNLOAD
Insurance Implications26 Mar 20DOWNLOAD
Scottish Government announces new grants to help those affected by pandemic13 May 20DOWNLOAD

General meetings


Coronavirus and general meetings for clubs1 Apr 20DOWNLOAD
Coronavirus and general meetings for clubs19 Jun 20DOWNLOAD

Property issues


Rent Suspension or Deferral during the Coronavirus pandemic30 Apr 20DOWNLOAD
Can sports facilities be re-opened yet?15 May 20DOWNLOAD

Sports events


Coronavirus, sports events, frustration and force majeure18 Mar 20DOWNLOAD
Event organisers guidance note19 Mar 20DOWNLOAD

Sports related issues


Conduct in sport matters26 Mar 20DOWNLOAD
Safeguarding and disclosure checks27 Mar 20DOWNLOAD
Government announces further restrictions on sport, exercise and leisure12 Oct 20DOWNLOAD

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