The Kintyre Seasports Project
Kintyre Seasports is a ground-breaking project that brings community groups and sports clubs together in a single organisation to achieve common goals.
In May 2017 the Kintyre Seasports SCIO (“KSS”) was formed by 17 partners to grow a sustainable community enterprise. KSS aims to generate life chances, promote health and well-being and attract adventure tourism to South Kintyre, an area with outstanding natural resources and pockets of serious social deprivation.
Two current partnerships illustrate the core values of the project. The Campbeltown branch of the British Sub Aqua Club and the Kintyre Youth Cafe recently introduced several disadvantaged young people to diving; there is now a waiting list for new recruits. On a larger scale KSS, Campbeltown Sailing Club, RYA Scotland and Campbeltown Grammar School are developing a long term programme to train local sailing instructors, providing a vocational pathway and ultimately establishing South Kintyre as an internationally recognised training centre.
Since KSS was formed local participation in sailing, kayaking, diving and paddleboarding has increased by 50%, club memberships are growing and the partners have set up an annual Community Regatta with activities for all. The inaugural event in 2018 was organised by 60 volunteers, It saw 130 people out on the water, most of them for the first time, and another 200 enjoying onshore activities organised by the Dalintober Beach Group. Around 40% of participants were visitors to Kintyre.
The main bottleneck to growth is the lack of facilities. Accordingly, KSS plans to fund, build and operate a new community facility on the shores of Campbeltown Loch.
An independent Full Business Case is underway to provide a platform for capital funding grants. It is actively supported by Argyll and Bute Council, HIE, the John Mather Trust, RYA Scotland, VisitScotland and Michael Russell MSP.
To learn more about the project or make a donation please contact Campbell Fox, chair of the Kintyre Seasports SCIO trustees, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our vision & Mission
Grow a sustainable community enterprise to generate life chances, promote health and well-being and attract adventure tourism to South Kintyre.
Develop marine sports to provide enjoyment and participation opportunities for all in a safe environment.
Give local young people vocational opportunities by training them as instructors to international standards.
Fund, build and operate a new community facility on the shores of Campbeltown Loch.
Attract visitors and events to maximise income and enhance tourism.
Sustain financial viability through best-practice management discipline.