“Sport & Physical Activity has the power to change lives”

Evidence shows that being active brings about positive changes beyond participation and can impact positively on the health and wellbeing of individuals, on their skills and learning, and on communities, ensuring a more inclusive and healthier nation.

Active Fife, The Changemakers Partnership, sportscotland, Scottish Government, The Robertson Trust and Spirit of 2012 are working together to deliver a wide programme of support and funding which aims to support organisations to use sport and physical activity as a driver to achieve positive individual and community change.

Sporting and non-sporting organisations can proactively use sport & physical activity as an intentional tool to achieve both increased participation and wider social outcomes. In short, using sport and physical activity to consciously impose positive change

Case studies

The Sporting Memories Foundation run sessions throughout Fife for older adults to talk about sport, providing social and physical activities. The older adults who come to the online or community-based Clubs may be isolated, or living with low mood, dementia or other long-term conditions. Everyone has one thing in common: a love of talking about and remembering sport!

School of Hard Knocks are a rugby-based charity who use the values of the sport to take out of work adults back into employment, shaping them into more rounded individuals. There have been several projects throughout Fife, all affiliating themselves to the local rugby clubs. The programme fully encompasses the changing lives mentality – using sport as the tool to make social impact.



Spartans Community Football Academy are a sporting social enterprise based in Pilton, North Edinburgh, who use sport as the driver for social change. They reinvest any profits into delivering much needed youth work, education and health and well-being programmes within their local community – they aim to change lives through sport.

The focus for Fife – The changing lives through sport and physical activity mentality is something that the whole Active Fife team have bought into and is ingrained in all plans to support the clubs and groups we work with. We have three members of staff who have taken part in the Changemaker Training which is tailored to upskilling staff who work in the sports development and physical activity sector, with the relevant skills and expertise to help clubs reach their potential of consciously changing people’s lives – using sport and physical activity as the driver for change.



Resources for Clubs/Groups

Please find a link here to Actify, an online portal for all Changing Lives through Sport & Physical Activity resources. One of our team members will be happy to take you through the stages mentioned, and help you use some of these tools in your club/group setting.

Lead Contacts:

Jamie Moffatt – Sports Development Officer –  E:  jamie.moffatt@fife.gov.uk  

Kirsteen Durkin – Cycling Development Officer –  E: kirsteen.durkin@fife.gov.uk

Ross Taylor – Community Sport Hub Officer – E: ross.taylor@fife.gov.uk