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.

Forthcoming Events

Halloween SCREAM Ball

Saturday 28th October 2017

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Latest News

The very successful Sportsman’s Charity Dinner 2017 was held at Prestonfield on Friday 3rd February 2017 on the eve of the Scotland v Ireland 6 Nations match, the main sponsor being Scotia Security Group. For more details of this event please look at the report in the Events section.

Scotia Security

On Saturday 3rd December The Sportsman’s Charity got the Christmas celebrations off to an early start with its Snowball, held at Prestonfield House Hotel. The event was a fundraiser for Fresh Start, an Edinburgh based charity which helps people who have been homeless establish themselves in their new home, helping to end homelessness. For more details of this event please look at the report in the Events section.

The 2016 Sportsman’s Charity Golf Classic held at The Royal Burgess Golfing Society raised £10,000 which will be used to support the Scottish Golf Trust with their work promoting children’s and youth golf and Combat Stress in their work with the country’s veterans.