Author Archives: Charlie Raeburn

Community Sport and Civic Society in Scotland – Part 4

Part 1 of this series focused on how a period of reflection might pave the way for us to better look after each other. In Part 2 I considered Sport and Community Health and Well-being, as part of an agenda for the development of Scottish Civic Society – in line with most Northern European countries. Part […]

Community Sport and Civic Society in Scotland – Part 3

Part 1 of this series focused on how a period of reflection might pave the way for us to better look after each other. In Part 2 I considered Sport and Community Health and Well-being, as part of an agenda for the development of Scottish Civic Society – in line with most Northern European countries. Sport […]

Community Sport and Civic Society in Scotland – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series I started to share thoughts with you all on how this strange period of reflection might pave the way for us to better look after each other. This is the second in a series of articles designed to widen the discussion and debate (see the first on this website). We […]

Community Sport and Civic Society in Scotland – Part 1

This sign in the window of an art gallery in Edinburgh stopped me momentarily in a quiet walk around town during the COVID crisis. The first thought was ‘Will it? Will we?’; and since then my mind has been consumed with how we draw on this period of reflection to ensure that we might, actually […]

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 […]