Country Sports

*Last updated 14:20, 18 February 2021


18 February 2021 – Scottish Country Sports Restart Fund

The Scottish Government has announced the launch of the Scottish Country Sports Restart Fund (SCSRF), a £1m offshoot of the Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund, designed to aid sporting businesses that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This Fund is not designed to compensate for losses sustained through the pandemic, but will act as an immediate lifeline for struggling businesses. Therefore, priority will be given to where the introduction of funds will have the most impact, and is not a value statement on the underlying applicant business or a reflection on the severity of individual Covid impact experienced.

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08 February 2021 - Country sports Covid support

We are aware of the stress and issues many members have had relating to securing funding for sporting businesses impacted by Covid restrictions. We have been working tirelessly with other organisations to lobby the Scottish Government to add sporting businesses to lists of existing Covid-support funds, from which they are currently excluded.

In short, here is how things currently stand, and how we have been working to continue to highlight this issue:

  • Currently limited financial support is available for sporting businesses impacted by Covid restrictions. The Local Authority Discretionary Fund is available but, given its discretionary status, is not 100% reliable. More information on this Fund can be found here.
  • We have been working with other representative bodies to lobby the Government to include sporting businesses within the lists of businesses eligible to apply for existing funds.
  • After providing evidence and highlighting the issues, we are confident that funding will be made available for sporting businesses in the near future. The finer detail of this is still being confirmed however, we will update you with more information as it becomes available.

As always, our Policy team are on hand to answer any questions and provide assistance as required, whether relating to this, or any other area of our work. Please feel free to contact our Head of Policy Stephen Young, who can pass on your email to the relevant colleague.

*UPDATE - 12 February* The Scottish Government has announced the delivery of the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Restart Fund, which will help those sporting businesses that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. More details regarding the Fund are due to released next week on the Visit Scotland website. For more information, please see here.


Framework for Covid Precautions

Several organisations, including SLE, have come together to develop a proposed framework for appropriate COVID-19 precautions following lockdown. As the tourism sector begins to reopen, this will be a valuable tool providing SLE members with a set of basic principles for country sports employers, employees and practitioners. These principles build upon current advice for those working in the rural sector. The guidance can also be used to protect workers carrying out other outdoor work such as wildlife management.

Download the Country Sports Framework PDF (updated October 2020)



NHS PosterThe Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restriction) (Scotland) Amendment (No6) Regulations 2020, laid in Parliament 2 July states that self-catering accommodation can be provided from 3 July in a holiday apartment, cottage, home or bungalow, to members of one household provided it is accessed without entering or moving across communal areas, and the toilet, cooking or washing facilities are not shared with any person who is not a member of that household.

As we move into phase 3, people will be able to meet with more than one household indoors with physical distancing and hygiene measures, and this will apply to self-catering. As of 10 July, you can now meet people from up to 2 other households indoors, and up to 4 other households outdoors.

For information, VisitScotland has produced a ‘Visitor Charter’ which helps set out how your guests can enjoy your property responsibly. This includes a downloadable charter which you can display at your premises.

If a visitor begins displaying symptoms during a stay, please see this advice on what to do. You may also want to display this NHS poster at your premises.