Get Inspired in SCOTLAND

Looking to get into sport in Scotland?

This is a great place to start.

On this page you can find out where to go, and who to speak to, to get started in dozens of sports across Scotland.

Sport Scotland  is the main public body for the development of sport in Scotland.

Don't forget you can also use the postcode finder on the right-hand side of this page to find clubs and activities on your doorstep.



Archers in the Olympics had to hit a target the size of a beermat from a distance of seven bus lengths - and they burned through 300-plus calories per hour while they were at it. Care to do the same?

GI guide to getting started in Archery

Scottish Archery Association 

Archery GB's club finder 

Parasport: archery 



Here you have one of the widest ranges of choice in sport. Will it be running? How far? Maybe throwing? Or jumping - but high jump, long jump or pole vault? Decisions, decisions.

GI guide to getting started in Athletics

Scottish Athletics 

British Athletics club search 

Parasport: athletics 



Smashes can reach speeds of more than 200mph, giving badminton a claim to be the world's fastest racquet sport. Can you keep up?

GI guide to getting started in Badminton

Badminton Scotland 

Scotland club finder 

Parasport: badminton 



So, you want to play hardball? From leading off the inning to pitching or catching, there are all kinds of ways to get involved with your local baseball team.

GI guide to getting started in Baseball




Run, jump, pivot and twist: this is a fast-moving game that will easily take care of 600 calories per hour in a fun, team atmosphere. Want to take hoops for a loop?

GI guide to getting started in Basketball

Basketball Scotland 

Scotland club finder 

Parasport: wheelchair basketball 



Are you prepared to brave Scotland's beaches to play one of the more glamorous Olympic sports? Facilities now exist across the UK and not just at the seaside.

GI guide to gettng started in Beach Volleyball

Scottish Volleyball Association 

Scotland club finder 



A combination of cross-country skiing and shooting inspired by the Norwegian military. There are a small number of clubs in the UK ready and waiting to help you get into this unusual sport.

GI guide to getting started in Biathlon

British Biathlon Union 



Jumping in the sled and roaring down the track is only half of the story. The push-start will demand vast reserves of your strength and pace, so don't overlook bobsleigh if you have speed and power to spare.

GI guide to getting started in Bobsleigh

British Bobsleigh 



"Seconds to learn, the rest of your career to master." Lawn bowls is a Commonwealth Games sport which appeals to all ages.

GI guide to getting started in Bowls

Bowls Scotland 



A dynamic sport that teaches physical and mental discipline, while shifting 500 calories in an hour's sparring. Learn how to box safely and easily at a club near you.

GI guidet to getting started in Boxing

Amateur Boxing Association of Scotland 

Links to Scottish clubs 



Paddle at the ready: there are 13,000 litres of water surging beneath you each second. Can you cope? Learn about canoe slalom and slightly more sedate paddling options.


A straightforward race across the lake. You can race your friends over 200m, train for a canoe marathon or simply gain the skills for a casual weekend paddle.

GI guide to getting started in Canoe Slalom

GI guide to getting started in Canoe Sprint

Scottish Canoe Association 

Scottish clubs and centres 


David Florence

Scottish slalom canoeist David Florence in action at a 2013 World Cup event


Climbing requires a lot of mental concentration and focus, problem solving and mental strength. Many people enjoy it as it allows you to escape everyday worries and just focus on the climb. Climbing also helps improve self-esteem, mental agility and self-awareness, so it's good for general well-being.

GI guide to getting started in Climbing

Mountaineering Council of Scotland 

Find a Club 



Physical exertion with a chess-like strategic element in matches which can range from half an hour to five days in length - it's cricket.

GI guide to getting started in Cricket

Cricket Scotland 




Forget the artistic flair of figure skating, raw power of speed skating or physicality of ice hockey - curlers rely on strategy, judgement and pinpoint on-ice accuracy.

GI guide to getting started in Curling

Try Curling 

Scottish Curling 

Parasport: wheelchair curling 



Join the pedal revolution as British athletes increasingly rule the world of two wheels. Choose from action sports like BMX or mountain bike (MTB), the technical intricacies of the track or the wide world of road riding.

GI guide to getting started in BMX Cycling

GI guide to getting started in Mountain Bike Cycling

GI guide to getting started in Road Cycling

GI guide to getting started in Track Cycling

Scottish Cycling 

UK club finder 

Parasport: cycling 



From archery to athletics and ice hockey to equestrian, there are dozens of parasports and thousands of clubs in the UK ready to welcome new participants of all standards.

GI guide to getting started in Disability Sport

Scottish Disability Sport 

Parasport club finder 



So, you've seen a teenager make it look easy. Do you have the nerve for the 10m platform board? There are plenty of options available in the sport of diving.

GI guide to getting started in Diving

Scottish Swimming 

UK pool finder 



Horse sport offers the artistry of dressage, the dynamism of show jumping and the all-round thrill of eventing, but you can start out with a lazy hack at your local centre.

GI guide to getting started in Equestian


Hoof - learn to ride in the UK 

Parasport: equestrian 



The thrust and parry, not to mention all that work for your thighs and glutes, will take care of 400 calories an hour. And don't worry, it's not remotely dangerous to get started.

GI guide to getting started in Fencing

Scottish Fencing 




If Dancing on Ice took your fancy, it's actually very easy to get into skating in the UK. There are plenty of rinks and dedicated sessions available - this is the place to find out more.

GI guide to getting started in Figure Skating

Sk8 Scotland 

Rinks and clubs 



Widely considered the national sport in the UK and unquestionably the number-one in terms of popularity. But how do you get started if you've never played before? And how do you find a team if you're getting back into it?

GI guide to getting started in Football

Scottish FA 

Find a club 

Parasport: football 



One of the most popular sports in Ireland, a fast-paced game played between 30 players on a field larger than a football pitch.

GI guide to getting started in Gaelic Football

Britain GAA 



A sport which takes many forms, from hitting a few balls on the driving range to a quick nine holes with friends, to the full 18 holes and tournaments over the course of several days.

GI guide to getting started in Golf

Scottish Golf 


Martin Laird

Scotland's Martin Laird playing golf at the St Andrews Old Course.


Inspired to hop on a pommel horse or swing from the parallel bars? Or would you rather try rhythmic gymnastics or trampolining? Not to mention tumbling, acrobatics and much more, and there are hundreds of clubs to choose from.

GI guide to Artisitic Gymnastics

GI guide to Rhythmic Gymnastics

GI guide to Trampoline Gymnastics

Scottish Gymnastics 

Find a club 



This sport flourished in the 2012 Olympic spotlight, having been big for decades in much of Europe. Did it catch your eye? If so, here's how to get started.

GI guides to getting started in Handball

Scottish Handball 

Play the game 



Were you one of the 600,000 fans who saw Olympic hockey at London 2012? Here's more info if you want to try the sport or get back into it if you played when you were younger.

GI guide to getting started in Hockey

Scottish Hockey 

Hockey Nation 

Parasport: zone hockey 



The "sport of kings" has a long and illustrious history stretching as far back as ancient Greece, and remains one of the most popular sports on both sides of the Atlantic.

GI guide to getting started in Horse Racing

Hoof - learn to ride in the UK 

British Horseracing Authority 



Hurling shares elements with lacrosse, hockey, baseball or football, so if you haven't given the game a go, it won't take you long to grasp the basics.

GI guide to getting started in Hurling

Britain GAA 



With teams dotted throughout the UK and the promise of a fast-paced sport approximating the toughest interval training you can imagine, ice hockey offers and exciting and different challenge. Get your skates on.

GI guide to getting started in Ice Hockey

Scottish Ice Hockey 

List of clubs 

Parasport: sledge hockey 



It's not about brute strength: to enjoy judo, your technique and timing count the most. You can even drop the combat entirely and simply use the moves to build fitness - it's up to you.

GI guide to getting started in Judo

Judo Scotland 

Club finder 

Parasport: judo 



The UK has one, tiny, luge course. You should put it to full use by getting a taste for what amounts to an adrenaline-fuelled, feet-first slide down a mountainside.

GI guide to getting started in Luge



From karate to judo, kickboxing to MMA, martial arts promotes self-defence and wellbeing. Whether you use it for combat or not, there are plenty of ways to get started.

GI guide to getting started in Martial Arts



Yes, it can be done, and you won't find a more exciting mix to hold your attention span: fencing, swimming, show jumping, running and shooting.

GI guide to getting started on Modern Pentathlon

Pentathlon GB 

Getting started 



Bikes, karts, rallying and more. Just because you're sitting in or on something with an engine, it doesn't mean you won't get exercise - physical conditioning is a vital element of motorsport.

GI guide to getting started on Motorsport

Motor Sports Association of the United Kingdom  (MSA)

Motorcycle Sport Scotland  



First developed alongside basketball - and sharing many features - netball claims to be the fastest-growing and most popular team sport for women in the world.

GI guide to getting started in Netball

Netball Scotland 


Parasport: netball 



While it's a tricky proposition to learn this combination of ski jumping and cross-country in the UK, you'll become incredibly fit (and the envy of friends) if you take it on.

GI guide on getting started in Nordic Combined

Parasport: nordic skiing 



One of the most physically demanding sports at the Olympics if you really push it, but nobody will mind if you just want to learn the basics and get a little fitter. Opportunities all over the UK.

GI guide on getting started in Rowing

Scottish Rowing 

Club finder 

Parasport: adaptive rowing 



A crowd-pleasing, physically demanding game with few stoppages and plenty of pace. This sport is highly popular in England, Australia and beyond.

GI guide to getting started in Rugby League

Rugby Football League 

Parasport: wheelchair rugby league 



Get straight into the thick of the scrum in the 15-player game or try rugby sevens, which will make its Olympic debut in 2016.

GI guide to getting started in Rugby Union

Scottish Rugby 

Parasport: wheelchair rugby 


Max Evans

Scottish rugby union's Max Evans in action during the 2013 Six Nations


Mental strength, a physical workout and the chance to get away from it all in spectacular fashion. That's what sailing offers at more than 1,500 clubs around the UK.

GI guide to getting started in Sailing

RYA Scotland 

Start boating 

Parasport: sailing 



With 12 players per team and the use of a curved stick called a caman, this game shares some aspects of field hockey - and also helped to inspire the invention of modern ice hockey.

GI guide to getting started in Shinty

Camanachd Association 



Have you got the concentration and the nerve for this precision sport? All ages can compete and there are clubs across the UK.

GI guide to getting started in Shooting

British Shooting 

Getting involved 

Parasport: shooting 



Sort-of like track cycling on ice, minus the bikes. Fast, furious loops of the rink in four-person dashes to the line make this an invigorating sport and great for exercise. Plus you get to wear fancy yellow helmets.

GI guide to getting started in Short-Track Skating

Sk8 Scotland 

Rinks and clubs 



Head-first down a chute of ice at motorway speeds - and somehow, Britain are among the world leaders, despite not having a full track in the UK. You can still join in, though. Find out more here.

GI guide to getting started in Skeleton

British Skeleton 

Get involved 



You will need dedication and the ability to travel if you're a British ski jump prospect - but it's an exciting, daredevil sport. Find out more about getting started.

GI guide to getting started in Ski Jump



Tear down the slopes as an alpine skier, slog across them as a cross-country specialist or pull off stunning tricks as a freestyler: the choice is yours.

GI guide to getting started in Alpine Skiing

GI guide to getting started in Cross-Country Skiing

GI guide to getting started in Freestyle Skiing

Snowsport Scotland 

Find clubs and slopes 

Parasport: alpine skiing 



High-octane action on the slopes, this is a sport you can take as seriously and make as complex as you like: either take it easy with friends or test yourself with jumps and tricks.

GI guide to getting started in Snowboarding

Snowsport Scotland 



A variant of baseball with a slight larger ball and smaller field, softball is gaining popularity with men and women throughout the UK, particularly as mixed teams are common.

GI guide to getting started in Softball




A longer, more endurance-based sport than its cousin short-track, speed skating is a minority sport in Britain but you can still get your skates on across the UK.

GI guide to getting started in Speed Skating

Sk8 Scotland 

Rinks and clubs 



Squash and its cousin racketball have long been recognised as excellent workouts, that you can even pack into a lunch break.

GI guide to getting started in Squash

Scottish Squash and Racketball 



Find your local pool and get ready for a dip with one of Britain's most popular sports, capable of getting you in formidable shape with a half-hour swim using up to 450 calories.

GI guide to getting started in Swimming

Scottish Swimming 

Pool finder 

Parasport: swimming 


Hannah Miley

Scottish swimmer Hannah Miley at the 2013 British trials


This is a lung-busting workout. Even if you don't want to become a fully-fledged synchro swimmer, the dry-land training its athletes need could do wonders for you.

GI guide to getting started in Synchoro Swimming

Scottish Swimming 

Get started in synchro 



Cheap, easily accessible, easy to play and still a great way to stay active. There are even free outdoor tables across British cities. Find the nearest table to you and get going.

GI guide to getting started in Table Tennis

Table Tennis Scotland 

Map of clubs 

Parasport: table tennis 



This sport offers a phenomenal workout, and if you're not sure about the martial arts aspect, there are non-contact variants. If you want to take it further and compete, it's easy to do so.

GI guide to getting started in Taekwondo

Taekwondo Scotland 

Club finder 



One of the hottest sports in Britain's last two sizzling summers of success. Nobody expects you to win Wimbledon next year, but if you want to find your nearest court and learn the basics, this is the place for you.

GI guide to getting started in Tennis

Tennis Scotland 

Getting started 

Parasport: wheelchair tennis 



This blend of swimming, cycling and running is one of the toughest tests in sport and also one of the fastest-growing activities in Britain, with hundreds of races for all ages and standards across the UK. Give it a go here.

GI guide to getting started in Triathlon

Triathlon Scotland 

Club finder 

Parasport: triathlon  



An exciting, competitive team sport that can see you expend an unbelievable amount of energy when a game gets going. Playable indoors or outdoors, too. Find out more about getting into volleyball here.

GI guide to getting started in Volleyball

Scottish Volleyball Association 

Club finder 

Parasport: volleyball 



A great endurance sport, demanding real stamina to stay afloat, keep moving and remain focused. Find out where to play and who to contact if you wanted to get started.

GI guide to gettting started in Water Polo

Scottish Swimming 

Get started 



More than a simple test of strength, weightlifting doesn't require any specific size and build - just look at GB's diminutive 2012 Olympian, Zoe Smith. Boost your energy levels and muscle definition with this sport.

GI guide to getting started in Weightlifting

Weightlifting Scotland 

List of UK clubs 

Parasport: powerlifting 



If you're looking to develop upper-body strength and want to try one of the oldest sports in the world, wrestling could be for you. There are around 50 clubs in the UK - find out more here.

GI guide to getting started in Wrestling

Scottish Wrestling 

Club finder 


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