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Community Sports Hubs

What is a Community Sports Hub?


Community Sports Hubs are a key part of sportscotland's contribution to Legacy 2014. They are designed to increase the number of people participating in sport within local communities by improving access to sport for local people and by supporting local sports clubs to work together.

The aim is to establish at least 150 hubs operating across Scotland by 2015.

The exact set up of a CSH will vary from area to area. They can be based around local facilities (e.g. sports centres, community centres, the natural environment and/or schools) or can be a network of sports clubs sharing best practice and CPD. They will bring local people together and provide a home for local sports clubs and sports organisations.  Each hub must be sustainable and as a result the majority of hubs have set up steering groups to provide strategic direction and ensure the aims of the hub are met.

Each Hub will be unique but the common thread is that each hub works to the following five principles:

  • Growth in participation
  • Understanding community needs
  • Supporting community leadership
  • Offering a range of sports
  • Ensuring all of the appropriate groups are working together

Local progress:


The community sports hub programme has been running in Aberdeen since 2011, with three hubs initially being established:

  • Albury Sports Centre
  • Aberdeen Disability Hub*
  • Rubislaw Community Sports Hub (RUSH) 

A full time officer was appointed in Oct 2013 to support the development of these hubs, as well as identifying locations to establish new hubs.  This has resulted in a second phase of hub development, with a number of new areas within the city being targeted for development:

  • Bucksburn (established Jan 2014)
  • Cults (established April 2014)
  • Northfield (established June 2014)

Further information on some of these hubs can be found by clicking on the links at the top of this page.

Following the merger of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Disability Sport branches in early 2014, the Disability Hub steering group was disbanded, as it was felt that the newly formed Grampian Disability Sport group would be a more appropriate and sustainable forum to take on inclusive projects in future.

Community Sports Hubs Small Grants Fund:


A new small grants fund has recently been launched to support clubs who are members of community sports hub within Aberdeen City.  Clubs can apply for up to 1000 to support activities which are being run in a designated hub area.

For further information please see below the Guidance Notes and Application Form;

Community Sports Hubs Small Grants Fund Guidance Notes 2014-15

Community Sports Hubs Small Grants Application Form

Information on other sports grants offered by Aberdeen City Council can be found by clicking on the links at the top of this page.

Further information:


If you would like more information about Community Sports Hubs, or are a member of a sports club who would be interested in joining a hub, please contact:


Direct Dial: 01224 522027

Mobile: 07919 218632


Aberdeen City Council

Education, Culture & Sport, Business Hub 13, Second Floor North

Marischal College, Broad Street, Aberdeen

AB10 1AB