Sportsmans Charity, Edinburgh, Scotland


Chris Paterson with SGU

Since its beginnings The Sportsman’s Charity has distributed nearly £2.9 million to assist organisations working in the fields of sport, children and young people, the disabled and the disadvantaged.

Current beneficiaries

The two main beneficiaries of funds raised at the Charity’s Dinner in 2017 are Ocean Youth Trust and The Drum Riding for the Disabled.

Ocean Youth Trust

Ocean Youth Trust

Ocean Youth Trust is a youth work charity delivering an annual programme of residential voyages aboard its fleet of sail training vessels. It aims to inspire young people from 12 to 25 years of age from a wide range of backgrounds through the challenge of adventure under sail.

These voyages provide a powerful and effective environment for the personal development of the young people who, in most cases, have no sailing experience. They offer them the opportunity to realise their true potential and to enable them to live healthy and fulfilling lives, making a positive contribution to their community and to society in general. For further details go to their website

The Drum Riding for the Disabled Edinburgh

Drum Riding for the Disabled Edinburgh

Drum RDA is situated on the Drum Estate on the outskirts of Edinburgh, home of the More Nisbet family. It started in 1959 when Mrs Sheila More Nisbet put a little girl who suffered from polio on the family pony, Topper, with outstanding results.

The idea of Drum RDA was formed. Riding is now provided 5 days a week under the careful supervision of qualified instructors with full medical approval. This benefits 250 riders from 15 special needs schools and adult training centres in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Riding is beneficial both physically and psychologically and research has shown that this is especially true for many people with disabilities. For further details go to their website

Other charities operating in the areas of sport, children, the disabled and the disadvantaged also benefit from funds raised at the annual Charity Dinner, as well as from the other events organised by the Charity during the year.

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Photo galleries available for recent events :-

Halloween SCREAM Ball 2018

The Sportsman's Charity Dinner 2018

The Sportsman's Charity Golf Classic 2017

2019 Charity Dinner

The very successful Sportsman’s Charity Dinner 2019 was held at Prestonfield on Friday 8th February 2019 on the eve of the Scotland v Ireland 6 Nations match, the main sponsors being Carbon Financial Partners and Prestonfield House.

The dinner raised over £60,000. This allowed us to support both our featured charities, Hearts and Balls and Beyond Boundaries along with many other charities.

For photos and more details of this event please look at the report in the Events section.