Sport is important to Scotland. Some of our streets are named after sports. Scotland lays claim, sometimes a hotly contested claim, to have given the world at least 5 sports not to mention the Daily Mile, the Co-creation of the Homeless World Cup and more recently the founding of the first national para football association in Europe.
Sport has been part of Scottish life for a long time with written evidence going back to at least 1272.

But it has never been just about sport:When John Hope founded the first organised football club in the world in 1824, in Edinburgh, it was never just about football it was about helping the Edinburgh poor become healthier.Many Scottish Highland Games grew out of 19th century welfare societies. The purpose was not just to celebrate the harvest being collected but to raise funds for local people who could not afford a proper funeral at the time.

So, I am here today with a sense of purpose. I believe sport can be a force for good if we are intent in making the world a better place.
Period31 Jul 2022
Event titleBirmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games: Scottish Government Lecture: 2022 Commonwealth Games Scottish Government Lecture
Event typeOther
LocationBirmingham, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Sport
  • Policy
  • Scotland
  • Commonwealth
  • cultural relations