AGENDA ITEM NO.
NORTH LANARKSHIRE COUNCIL
0: LEISURE SERVICES COMMITTEE Subject: THE SCOTTISH OFFICE
EDUCATION & INDUSTRY DEPT
SPORT IN THE NEW COUNCILS
From: DIRECTOR OF LEISURE SERVICES
Date: 12.9.96 Ref: SRlAGL
In March 1996, the Education & Industry Department published a Circular (No5/1996) which
sets out a number of key headings as a framework for reviewing the existing management
structures and re-examining methods of delivering sport related services and opportunity.
Whilst the statutory provision of what is commonly termed “Leisure Services” covers a wide
range of issues, the Circular focuses mainly on sport and highlights a number of areas which
will be considered in the planning of future provision within North Lanarkshire Council.
The following report summarises the key areas outlined in the Circular.
2. The Leqal Framework
The Education (Scotland) Act 1980 and the Local Government and Planning (Scotland) Act
1992 as amended by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1994, provides the legislative
basis for the provision of sport, leisure and recreation services.
The act requires to ensure adequate provision in terms of facilities for recreational purposes,
social, cultural and sports activities. Whilst the term “adequate provision” is clearly open to
interpretation the Circular recommends that new authorities should determine local
requirements by consulting the communities that they serve, including local sports councils
3. Sports Development
Given that local authorities are the main providers of sport, leisure and recreational
opportunities. The Circular focuses on the need for sports development strategies to set in
place specific initiatives to secure young people’s interest in sport in order to develop a
lifetime of association with sporting activity.
Equally, initiatives should be promoted at encouraging involvement of disadvantaged groups
and in attracting first time participants.
4. Strategic Approach
4.1 This should be achieved through a strategic approach to provide opportunity with
clearly articulated aims and objectives properly formulated in order to ensure economic
and effective use of resources by way of a comprehensive leisure plan.
4.2 The strategic approach should include all sports related activity including sport in
schools and community use of sports facilities.
4.3 As an integrated part of the leisure plan, authorities should consider service plans,
contract specifications and contract monitoring as a means of identifying agreed
4.4 As a means of dealing with the wider issues of tourism and devising opportunities for
disabled people and other disadvantaged groups.
5. Government Policy on Sport
The recent paper published by the Government entitled, “Scotland’s Sporting Future - A New
Start”, highlights two priority areas of youth sport and developing sporting excellence.
The paper recognises the crucial role played by local authorities in the area of sports
development and expresses the hope that much of the good work and new initiatives being
carried out will continue.
The key focus of the policy paper highlights the need for enhanced links between school sport
and the wider community sports club structure.
Councils will also wish to consider the draft National policy guidelines for sport and physical
recreation which is scheduled for publication in its final form in due course.
6. Structural Arranqements
In keeping with philosophy the policy paper referred to the above - “Scotland’s Sporting Future
-A New Start” - in that the unitary structure should offer increased scope for closer links
providing and managing sports facilities and opportunities particularly with regard to sport in
7. The Voluntary Sector
The Local Government & Planning (Scotland) Act 1982 determines the scope of authorities’,
powers to assist voluntary bodies in relation to provision of leisure and recreation.
The importance of the voluntary sector in developing sport, leisure and recreation highlighted-
in a recent Scottish Sports Council survey, indicates that some 120,000 adults are involved in
activities in sport and physical recreation.
However, there is evidence that the pool of voluntary involvement is diminishing which can
only be detrimental to the long term development and opportunity of sport.
There is, therefore, a need for the new authorities to acknowledge the role of the volunteer
and to continue to foster this area of development.
8. The Scottish Sports Council
The Scottish Sports Council is the Government's main advisory body on Sport in Scotland.
The Scottish Sports Council will continue to work closely with local authorities to develop
opportunities and raising standards is part of its strategic approach to the development of
sport, as well as publishing a wide range of aspects on the development of sport.
The Scottish Sports Council is also the organisation responsible for the distribution of National
Lottery proceeds to sport in Scotland.
Distinct from its responsibility as the National Lottery distributing body the Scottish Sports
Council will continue to plan for sport at a strategic level.
In accordance with the Council's Royal Charter, issues relating to the development of a
national and specialist facility programme, largely in partnership with local authorities will
continue. In addition, to direct expenditure under this programme the Scottish Sports Council
will also provide a specialist advisory and planning service, including information on supply
and demand for sports facilities.
9. National Lottery
The National Lottery Act 1993 was introduced by the Government to raise money for five
"good causes", one of which is sport. In accordance with Section 23 of the Act, the Scottish
Sports Council will continue to act as the distributing body for the allocation of Lottery
proceeds to Scottish sport.
Scotland receives 8.5% of the proceeds. The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has
created a National Lottery database with contacts within Local Authorities who have
responsibility for National Lottery issues.
Whilst Local Authorities are eligible to apply for Lottery funds they must demonstrate that the
funding sought is additional to existing planned expenditure and not a substitute. This will
ensure that applicants can generate funds and be able to maintain and manage the complete
Local Authorities are best placed to inspire suitable proposals given their knowledge of local
needs and their contracts with a wide range of sports organisations.
10. Compulsory Competitive Tendering
Compulsory Competitive Tendering (CCT) was introduced for Sport and Leisure Management
in 1989 by statutory order under the Local Government Act 1988.
Research into the impact of Compulsory Competitive Tendering on the management of sport
and leisure arrangements indicates that CCT has effected significant changes to local
authority sports and leisure provision.
The Scottish Sports Council in conjunction with the Sports Council (Great Britain) has
produced an advisory document "Developing Sport Through CCT" which is aimed at clients
and contractors. The document recommends a strategic framework in which to consider CCT
in order to ensure that the service is delivered both efficiently and effectively in meeting its
objectives and results in providing a quality product for the customer.
In view of Local Government re-organisation, competitive tendering requirements have been
suspended during the transitional period leading up to the new single tier authorities with the
exempt period commencing on the 31 March 1995, with the requirement for phase-back being
between the 1 July 1997 and 1 July 1998.
Throughout the exempt period, DLOs/DSOs will have to comply with the detailed
specifications and meet the financial objectives set by the Secretary of State.
That the report be noted.
12. Backqround Papers
The Scottish Office
Education and Industry Department
Circular No U1996