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The Community Sport Hub project is an exciting and innovative approach to the development of physical activity and sport in local communities.  Community Sports Hubs are a key part of sportscotland‘s contribution to legacy 2014.  The project is delivered locally by High Life Highland and aims to bring together all the key partners involved in health and wellbeing, physical activity, and sport development to create a joint approach locally to increase participation levels.  The project has a particular focus on equalities and inclusion by supporting activity groups and clubs to deliver quality sports and physical activity opportunities to the whole community.

The development of Community Sport Hubs got underway in 2012 and we now have hubs established in twelve Highland communities.

Badenoch | Aviemore | Dingwall | Tain | Thurso | Inverness Royal AcademyUllapool | Nairn | Strathspey | Skye & Lochalsh | Lochaber | East Caithness

What we do

The aims of the Community Sport Hubs in the Highlands are to:

  • Encourage a more coordinated approach to the development of physical and mental health and wellbeing, sport and activities within Highland Communities.
  • Investigate whether existing sport and physical activity opportunities meet local needs.
  • Provide a forum for all local sports clubs, activity groups and partners to meet, share good practice, information, and exchange ideas.
  • Support our local Community Clubs to deliver quality sports, activity and exercise provision.
  • Collectively increase the quality and amount of sporting and physical activity opportunities within our local communities and increase participation levels.
  • Create a package of quality sport and physical activity opportunities that is well promoted, easily accessible and caters for all within the community.



Congratulatoins to Ullapool Community Sports Hub who were finalists for the 2022 Scottish Sport Awards for Sustainability in Sport.  This comes off the back of a number of successful sustainable projects that stared through the Community Sport Hub, including the Feel Good Festival and Ocean Plastic Skipping Rope project -. Click on the links to find out more.The Highland Community Sport Hub project’s work featured in sportscotland’s 2021 annual report and continues to support communities around the Highlands during the pandemic. Find out more about the work we do with communities, members and partners in the North Highland case study .


The latest news from the world of Scottish sport is available in the Playing Our Part 2021-22 is the sportscotland annual review. The five individual stories told as part of #PlayingOurPart22 demonstrate how different areas of Scotland’s sporting system responded to the pandemic, each area contributing to our vision of an active Scotland where everyone benefits from sport.



Community Sport Hubs continue are continuing to support communities and members to recover while ensuring communities can reap the benefits of sport and physical activity for their mental and physical health, as well as wider social and economic outcomes.

If your community group or club are looking for help or advice recovering from COVID, cost of living and building resiliance, you can find helpful tips and links to further support contact our Community Sport Hub Officer.


Membership Registration

If you are interested in receiving regular updates on funding, volunteer or coaching courses, health and wellbeing events, sport clubs and community projects, COVID support and information please contact Katie or Martin to sign up to your local Community Sport Hub or about setting up a Community Sport Hub in your area, it’s completely free!

Registration and membership is free and only takes a few minutes. We want to reflect the changing landscape of sport and activity, health and wellbeing in your area so please complete the form as fully as possible.



Contact Us

For more information contact one of our dedicated Community Sport Hub Officers:

Katie Matthews – Community Sport Hubs Officer (North Highland), High Life Highland

T: 07747842713

E: [email protected] 


Hugo Crush –Community Sport Hubs Officer (South Highland), High Life Highland

T: 07795825626

E: [email protected]


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