Driving positivity, resilience and inclusion through sport 

On Thursday 12 November, we were delighted to host a lively and passionate discussion about the value and importance of sport in all our lives.

Our sincere thanks go to Judy Murray OBEDame Katherine Grainger, Andrew Douglass and Andy Nicol for a fantastic, thought-provoking event.

Our host, Andy Nicol, did a sterling job quizzing the panellists on a number of important themes: what sport means in all its many guises and why it is so important, sport and the role it can take in protecting mental health, inclusion and the importance in being active regardless of ability or age, community and why we must try to make sport accessible to all.



The panel provided their individual perspectives on sporting excellence, social inclusion, the importance of grass roots sport and the responsibility of elite sport - there was never a pause in the conversation. We also discovered that, during lockdown, Judy took up riding a bike, Andrew started jogging and Andy turned to yoga.

The role and responsibility of sport was an important theme of the discussion.  All our panellists are closely involved with a number of charities which reach out across communities. 

Please take look at some of the amazing work by the following charities, close to the hearts of our panellists.

The Judy Murray Foundation

With its ambition of ‘Everyone for tennis, everywhere for tennis’, the mission of the Judy Murray Foundation is to bring tennis into rural and disadvantaged areas in Scotland.

The Centre for Disability Studies

Lead by Dr Anna Lawson and Dr Angharad Beckett, the Centre for Disability Studies provides incredible support and research funding across Humanities, Social Sciences and STEM.

One notable project is Play for Children with Disabilities and an example of a current funded Europe-wide project can be seen here.

Aberlour Child Care Trust  

The Aberlour Child Care Trust supports children and young people across Scotland. Their vision is that every child in Scotland has the chance to flourish.


My Name’5 Doddie foundation

My Name’5 Doddie foundation, which is committed to helping improve the lives of those affected by Motor Neuron Disease. 

Once again, thank you to our speakers and everyone who joined us on the day.

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