This blog has been set up to support the Campaign for the creation of a Scottish Olympic Team for the London Olympics in 2012. It provides regular updates on progress of the campaign and is linked to the main website at http://www.C-ScOT.org

Friday, November 11, 2005

Campaign for a Scottish Olympic Team

Having had a chance to study the poll which supposedly shows support in Scotland for a GB football team, we have written to the BOA asking how they can justify such a claim.

The poll they carried out could not be more unrepresentative if they tried. It was carried out only online with 1000 Uk respondents, and 50 Scots. It is so unscientific they make no claim for margin of error.

It is not in any way representative of public opinion, and the fact that BOA claims as much is ridiculous.

We have sent an e-mail to the BOA's director of legal services, and await response.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Pledge closes after smashing target

thanks to everyone who plegded to support the campaign. We reached £1110, well over our target. Any ideas for future fund raising are welcome, and you will see how your money helps very shortly.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Back from our tour

The campaign team were mostly off to watch Scotland play football in Glasgow and Slovenia last week. Didn't go too well in Glasgow, and we'll be missing the world cup; but a good time was had by all in Slovenia and things are looking brighter for next time.

The campaign has been progressing well, and we'll bring you updates in the next couple of days



Wednesday, October 05, 2005

We'll be watching you...

Tomorrow, the Scottish Parliament debates the C-ScOT campaign, and the possibility of creating a team. We'll be watching debate, and will let you know if our representatives represent us...

Remember 78% of Scots said yes!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

So, How Can I Help?

So far the campaign has been funded by contributions by various members of the team.

To give this issue the professional approach it deserves; engaging with stakeholders all over the world, and ensuring that the voice of the people of Scotland is heard, will inevitably cost time and money.

Today we are launching a collaborative fundraising drive which allows us to band together and make a real difference.

Pledging a small amount will help us drive the campaign forward, and just as importantly will send a message that we are together, and not going away!

Too often it is difficult to make a real difference individually, which is why your pledge will only be called upon when you know it will be part of a worthwhile campaign.

Only when 100 of us have pledged support will you be asked to actually contribute. You will be given a detailed breakdown of where the money is going before then. Rest assured, Your pledge will help make it happen!

Sign up at www.pledgebank.com/c-scot You will be asked to confirm your e-mail address, but you can remain anonymous if you so wish.

Alternatively, simply send a text with the words - pledge c-scot – to 60022. We will be in touch when the target is met.

Tell your friends, send on this link, print off flyers from pledgebank and let’s hit the target as soon as possible.

Remind the decision makers which decision we want them to make!

BTW, we now have a postal address: Suite 2012, 111 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1QX, which is probably fairly useless information for those of you reading this online!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Campaign for a Scottish Olympic Team


Parliament Acts?



One week in, and there will be a debate in Parliament on Thursday to discuss the Scottish Olympic Team!!

C-ScOT has proven that there is no legal obstacle to the creation of a team, and the SNP has now put forward the subject as part of their business programme on Thursday. In addition, two questions in the afternoon's "Themed Question Time" directly relate to Scotland in 2012.

The first is fron the Independent MSP Dennis Canavan, who is Convener of the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Sports, Cross Party Group and can be contacted at Dennis.Canavan.msp@scottish.parliament.uk or http://www.denniscanavan.com .

The second question from Labour MSP Michael McMahon Michael.McMahon.msp@scottishparliament.uk is a direct question on the aims of C-ScOT.

You can write to them now, or to your local MSP http://www.writetothem.com/ Make sure they know what we want, and that we are watching!!

We will be writing to all parties before Thursday to ensure that the proposal is given due consideration and fully evaluated. Not much to ask from our elected representatives!!

The SNP has called for the debate, but we want all parties to get behind this initiative and make sure that the legacy benefits of the London games are maximised across the whole of the the UK.

We hope that all MSPs can put party differences aside and do what 78% of Scots want (a representative survey of over 1000 Scots)

To make sure that our MSPs do what the people ask them to do, you wil be able to watch the debate live on Holyrood TV; looks like Olympic debate will begin around 10.30am. http://www.holyrood.tv/index.asp

Tomorrow, we will give you a chance to send a message to the Parliament...


www.scottish.parliament.uk

Thursday 6 October 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions
The Clerk has been advised of the topics of Scottish National Party business:

followed by Scottish National Party Business: The Scottish Economy
followed by Scottish National Party Business: The Scottish Olympic Team

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—
..
Education and Young people, Tourism, Culture and Sport 1. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what preparations it is making for the 2012 Olympic Games. (S2O-7734)

3. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports calls for Scotland to have its own Olympic team at the 2012 games in London. (S2O-7782)

Friday, September 30, 2005

Campaign for a Scottish Olympic Team

Campaign for a Scottish Olympic Team

The End of week 1 , and the plan is beginning to develop and unfold...

We will be launching first fund raising initiative next week, to help with costs of engaging with various stakeholders. We're taking a positive approach with everyone, as the research and massive public support speak for themselves. Let's hope that people who wouldn't consider previously, now see the benefits. 78% of Scots can.

We'll be responding to all your e-mails on Monday with details of ways you can help, and in the meantime any comments and suggestions are welcome via the blog