At the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, we work with partners to implement programmes of activity that provide those living in the communities with the opportunity to get involved with sports initiatives, take part in coaching courses and access world-class health facilities.

We also encourage involvement with partner schemes which include anything from teaching parents how to cook healthy and nutritious meals on a budget, to providing support for a community kitchen or shop that will provide good quality food for those living in some of the most deprived areas.

Sportsworks (Scotland)

Coalfield Sport Works (Clackmannanshire)

A total of 11 young people (aged between 18 and 32) from across Clackmannanshire have been taking part in the 12-week sports based employability programme – Coalfields Sport Works. Coalfield Sport Works is delivered in conjunction with Wasp Community Football Club based at Indodrill Stadium, home of Alloa Athletic FC.

The participants have enjoyed sporting tasters in Football, Rugby, Basketball, Gymnastics, Golf, Boxing, Bowls, Skiing, Rock Climbing, Ju-Jitsu and Rowing whilst also undergoing development modules in employability, volunteering, social media and art work.

The programme has enabled 5 of the participants to undertake volunteer placements within the community, all of whom will receive the SQA National Progression Award in Volunteering as a result.

Given the success of the programme in Clackmannanshire, Coalfields Regeneration Trust will be rolling out Coalfields Sport Works Programmes throughout 2016 in Cummnock and Prestonpans respectively.

Our Place Newmains (Scotland)

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is the lead for a consortium made up of three partners, EKOS, Community Enterprise and CRT, who have delivered the Big Lottery Our Place Programme in Newmains, North Lanarkshire.

This programme is Lottery funded and the consortium have delivered capacity building across Newmains, one of the five communities identified by the Lottery as having high levels of deprivation and levels of need.  It is about helping Newmains, a coalfield community, to secure a slice of a £9m hand-out from the Big Lottery Fund from which a minimum of £1m was set aside to transform the Newmains community.

The process has involved:

  • Assisting the community to carry out a community consultation to identify the needs and priorities of the people of Newmains.
  • Supporting the development of Newmains Community Trust
  • Helping the community, led by Newmains Community Trust to develop their plans to build a brand new £2.2 million Community Hub, that will host a new library and the Council’s Housing Offices
  • Helping Newmains Community Trust to recruit a Project Manager to help with the build program and a Development Officer who will support and develop the organisation.

Coalfields Regeneration School

Since establishing its Coalfields Community Challenge programme in 2011 to address the continuing issue of poor employment prospects in former coalfields areas, The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has identified a significant element of Third Sector, community and voluntary organisations which maintain a reliance on grant funding. A lack of knowledge in key areas means that such organisations do not have the capacity to embrace the entrepreneurial culture which is currently shaping Scotland’s Third Sector, and are consequently unable to make the progression towards achieving sustainability. The Coalfields Regeneration School was designed to address those skills gaps which are an impediment to organisations long term sustainability. First delivered in 2012, the School comprises a series of wokshops, project visits and activities centred around topics of key importance to developing organisations. The School is delivered to a small number of participating groups who work together throughout, and for whom the programme can be specifically tailored. Topics covered in the 2014/15 School included leadership, roles and responsibilities, governance and structure, funding and finance, marketing, social media and presentation skills.

Coalfields Regeneration Schools 2016

The 2016 Schools will take place in Kirkconnel and Kelloholm and East Lothian once a fortnight for five days followed by a graduation event, and deliver a programme of training and development for a small number of enterprising organisations within the voluntary and community sector. The School will support the participating organisations in working towards a common goal of long term sustainability. Additionally for the 2016 Schools will be the opportunity for participants to qualify for a small investment award (up to £3k) to address identified barriers to their organisation’s development (subject to the satisfaction of qualifying criteria and where applicable the completion of project specific targets). Participating organisations will be expected to commit two representatives to the School for the duration of the Programme. The School will consist of workshops and project visits at venues selected according to the location of participating groups. A graduation ceremony will take place on completion of the School at which participants will be invited to review their progress and present their organisation’s sustainability strategy.


The 2016 Coalfields Regeneration Schools are open to organisations which are constituted as a charity, not for profit group or a social enterprise. The project must be delivered within one or more eligible coalfields wards and your organisation must also provide a bank statement and accounts. The School is not intended for larger organisations such as those with an unrestricted income exceeding £100kpa. Previous recipients of CRT funding will not be excluded, however priority consideration will be given to new applicants.


To find out if your organisation is eligible to apply or to find out more contact David Wright on 01259 272127 or email [email protected].

Coalfields Community Challenge (Scotland)

About the Challenge

We know from experience that communities can take the lead in regenerating their local community with a little support.  The Challenge is a bold and creative solution to tackle worklessness within former coalmining communities, it was successfully delivered in 2012/13 and 2013/14, and for 2014/15 took the form of a Dragons’ Den, networking and best practice sharing event. 

The Event was open to enterprises in eligible coalfield wards and  offered them the opportunity to pitch a development idea to the Dragons for awards of up to £3,000 and 3 months business development support. In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Event provided a networking opportunity for coalfield social entrepreneurs, and an opportunity to find out more about the Coalfields Enterprise Programme.

 The Dragons’ Den took place on Fri 21st November 2014 at the Excelsior Stadium.

The participants were:

Bruce Gunn, Delievered Next Day Personally CIC.

Bruce’s company DNDP was awarded £4,345 towards office accomodation and IT costs to establish an office in Fife to expand his courier company. The company is aimed at professional services, social enterprises and local authorities, and is set up to enable its employees to overcome the barriers that routinely face disabled people seeking employment.

David Orr, The Fraser Centre Community Trust. 

The Fraser Centre Community Trust has taken on the redevelopment of a 1930s art deco cinema in Tranent into a thriving community centre. The facility hosts numerous community groups’ meetings as well as social events and family film evenings in its multi purpose space. Ultimately the project aims to redevelop the entire building to its former glory, delivering a much needed community asset to the area. The Trust was awarded £4,475 to repair the flooring of its events room.

Shirley Faichney, Methilhill Commmunity Children’s Initiative.

 MCCI was awarded £2,900 to enabe it to construct a changing facility and storage space for its yurt. With its wood burning stove, the yurt is the centrepiece of the Initiative’s outdoor play and learning garden programme. It provides the various groups (nature tots, nature nursery, outdoor youth club, ecology project and gardening club, numbering approx 250 members in total) with a hub for indoor activities and education when the weather doesn’t encourage outdoor activities.