Author Archives: Charlie Raeburn

An Observatory for Sport in Scotland ( OSS ) Following the Seminar- Taking things onwards to set up an OSS Shadow Board

A Short Life Working Group (SLWG) of volunteers has been established. It held its first meeting on 28th January 2016. The membership of the SLWG comprises individuals with a wide range of experience and skills. Each Member of the SLWG expressed an interest in joining the SLWG to try to take things forward over the next […]

ISF Europe Continental meeting – Protarus, Cyprus 15/17 January 2016

When I was planning my travel arrangements to the meeting in Cyprus, I realised that I could not fly direct from Edinburgh to Cyprus. But I could fly direct to Athens from Edinburgh. So I arranged to stay in Athens for two nights. This afforded me the opportunity to enjoy wandering under clear blue skies […]

International School Sport Federation Executive Meeting in Johannesburg Winter 2015

*Disclaimer – As ever, following my attendance at an ISF meeting, I am writing my own personal recollection of the meeting. The post is not an official report. The minutes will be published in a month or two. I am very pleased to include in this post, a copy of the account of the meeting […]

ISF World School Sport Educational Games 2-7 May 2015

The Games were staged for the second time – 12 months on from the first Games. Organising committee from the Ministry of Education in Greece provided a varied and memorable programme for all participants. Central to the games are the Ancient facilities with such historic significance to world sport. 73 students from 10 delegation and […]

 The Seminar – Friday 2 October 2015

The day arrived – a lovely sunny autumn day in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. I was very pleased that we had attracted a goodly number of delegates – in fact 71 on the day, plus another 12 from the SCDI (The Scottish Council for Development and Industry) our hosts , our speakers and sponsors. The […]

Community Sport in Scotland – Dying? Dormant? Dynamic?

Considering the establishment of an Observatory for Sport in Scotland Scotland celebrated a fantastic year of sport in 2014, hosting the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup, which have helped to raise both profile and enthusiasm for sporting activity across the country.  A participative and active society – not only at elite level, but importantly across all […]

An Observatory for Sport in Scotland – the proposal- a wee update!

I am doing a wee bit of travelling just now – sailing this week and then two weeks in China observing the ISF World Schools Athletics Cup in Wuhan. So it is timely to give readers a wee update on the proposal. Having developed the draft proposal with the help of several individuals, I am currently […]


An Observatory for Sport in Scotland – a Project Proposal for Funding

– supporting the Scottish sport stakeholders and networks – a project proposal for funding through robust research, indexing of participation, and resultant opportunities For me this is the most important post of mine to date. Very keen to get feedback from readers and followers asap. Of course, aspiring to enlist the support financial and “in […]


The ISF Executive meeting and Convention in Doha Qatar March 2015

There and Back Again – Edinburgh to Doha I was able to enjoy my weekly Sunday morning walk on the Pentland Hills (immediately to the south of Edinburgh); before heading out on the new tram to Edinburgh airport to join the direct 7 hour flight to Doha with Qatar Airways. After a comfortable flight, I […]

ISF Executive Meeting – Rome 27th-31st October 2014

In late October 2014 I had the privilege of attending the ISF Executive Meeting in Rome, Italy. The Holiday I had the double privilege of being able to arrive a few days prior to the meeting to take in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Eternal City.The sun was shining brightly for almost […]