Our Plan for Scotland

Culture and sport

Culture and sport

Generations of children across Scotland have grown up watching their heroes take to the field at Hampden Park, Murrayfield, in the Commonwealth Pool, on the cycle track and at local clubs right across the country. We need to ensure that the next generation has the chance to take part in sport at all levels.

Liberal Democrats believe everyone should have the chance to realise the benefits of participating in sport and living more active lifestyles. Active lifestyles help improve quality of life in later years, reduce mental health risks, increase health and employability, support stronger communities and develop good personal qualities.

The promotion of sport has links to Scottish culture and tourism.

We will support sport at all levels. We will use the additional money coming to Scotland as Barnett consequentials from the proposed Sugar Tax spending to develop a new initiative to increase participation in sport and physical activity in Scotland. For sport and culture we will:

  • Use Sugar Tax proceeds to support growth in sport and physical activity;
  • Develop a long-term strategy to give access for all to opportunities appropriate for their ability and commitment to sport, whilst recognising that funding should be available for talented individuals to achieve their potential;
  • Take steps to increase the opportunities for physical activities for those groups, such as teenage women, who drop out of sport;
  • Ensure everyone can access local, inclusive, quality sporting places, by making sure that facilities which receive public investment have a strategy for affordable access for community sports clubs;
  • Develop sport, tourism and culture activities around all major sporting and cultural events;
  • Support Event Scotland to secure major sporting events;
  • Make sure the opportunities exist after major events for people to take up the sport or activity at a grassroots level;
  • Encourage public sector organisations to value volunteering by their employees and help with flexible working to support it;
  • Establish an islands travel scheme for teams and individuals to compete in national events;
  • Continue to develop cultural and economic links with the worldwide Scottish diaspora;
  • Continue to support a BBC free from the control of government ministers;
  • Include participation and enjoyment of culture in the National Performance Framework to promote wide access.

We support the development of the Scottish film industry. We think that the absorption of Scottish Screen into Creative Scotland has not been beneficial to the industry. We will:

  • Support development of a range of Scottish film studio spaces;
  • Create a more autonomous, dedicated screen agency either within the umbrella of Creative Scotland or stand-alone to promote the development of film facilities, and oversee the training and mentoring of young filmmakers, technical and creative staff.