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Formation 1972
Type Executive non-departmental public body
Legal status Government agency
Purpose Sport governing body
Headquarters Glasgow
Formerly called
Scottish Sports Council

Sportscotland (officially styled sportscotland), formerly the Scottish Sports Council, is the national agency for sport in Scotland. Its stated aim[ citation needed ] is to build a world class sporting system for everyone in Scotland.

Sport in Scotland

Sport plays a central role in Scottish culture. The temperate, oceanic climate has played a key part in the evolution of sport in Scotland, with all-weather sports like association football and golf dominating the national sporting consciousness. However, many other sports are played in the country, with popularity varying between sports and between regions.

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The Scottish Sports Council was established in 1972 by royal charter. [1] The body works in partnership with public, private and voluntary organisations. As an executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government, sportscotland advises ministers and implements government policy for sport and physical recreation. In 2002/03 sportscotland invested approximately £48 million of government grants and lottery funds.

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  1. Queen Elizabeth II, 1971 Royal Charter: The Scottish Sports Council Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine .
  2. sportscotland (13 April 2016). "National Centres". Archived from the original on 24 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.