The Birnie Trust Sports Foundation

As a charity (set up in 2003), the Foundation provides financial support to young athletes from Scotland aged 13 to 18  who have shown dedication, determination and promise in their chosen sport, yet find it difficult to improve and compete given financial constraints.

Applicants should have already participated at District or National level.

The trust was set up by the late Colonel Euan Gordon who was an avid follower of sports in Scotland, sponsored the Scottish Schools Athletics Championships for a number of years and personally supported several of Scotland’s young sports stars. The trust funds top junior level performers or extremely talented and promising youngsters from the ‘minority’ sports. It has a strict policy of not funding football, cricket, rugby, golf and tennis.

Supported sports have included:

  • Skiing
  • Wrestling
  • Canoeing
  • Ice skating
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Rowing
  • Fencing
  • Athletics
  • … and more

Funding is intended to assist with additional coaching or help pay for competition fees and travel costs associated with events outside of Scotland. The trustees meet on a quarterly basis. The deadlines for consideration of applications are:

  • 31 January
  • 30 April
  • 31 July
  • 31 October

Are you interested? Please get in touch here.

Birnie Trust Sports Foundation: the advancement of public participation in sport