Colours of our Scarves tackles sectarianism and inequality throughout Scotland.

Since 2013, Colours of our Scarves has covered a large area of Scottish football and Scottish sport, working with a range of stakeholders within the game and educational institutions in an attempt to make sport a better place for everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexuality, age or disability.

Now in its sixth year, the Colours of our Scarves project works with partners to provide athletes, coaches, clubs, organisers and volunteers with a support mechanism, an educational tool and a opportunity for self-reflection and development with a focus on community impact and improving the learning and developmental environment for everyone involved.

The project consists of a variety of workshops, focus groups and mentoring schemes for sports participants, coaches and organisers alike, with workshop and delivery projects tailored to the specific needs of the individual, club or association.

What We Do

Higher and further Education Equality and Sport Education Programme

Over the last 5 years the Colours of our Scarves programme has been delivered in 20 centres of higher or further education working with around 2500 students who are studying sports-related subjects to provide participants with a better understanding of the facts around the prevalence of hate behaviours, the potential manifestations, and provide participants with the confidence and knowledge base to challenge hate behaviours if they are encountered in a sport setting or in wider society.

SFA Schools of Football

In partnership with the Scottish FA, Colours of our Scarves will build on work conducted over the last three years and will again deliver to all Schools of Football across Scotland in 2021/22.

Club Development Sessions

As part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to addressing hate behaviours in Scottish society and sport we are delighted to offer FREE ‘Equality Through Sport’ workshops for up to 75 clubs on location across Scotland.

If you run a sports club, coach at your local team or volunteer with a sports organisation, we’d love to hear from you.

The workshops are delivered at a time and location convenient to your club for what should be an enjoyable, thought provoking and hopefully a stimulating experience for all involved.

Equality through sport events

We work with colleges to deliver events focused upon promoting equality and inclusion within local communities. To date we have worked with students at Ayrshire College, Forth Valley College and West College Scotland.

Colours of our Scarves in numbers


equality workshops delivered


equality through sport events held in partnership with educational institutions


awards won in recognition of highlighting and addressing inequality and inclusion


of our equality workshop attendees were either satisfied or highly satisfied with the session

Why we do what we do

The primary objectives of our workshops are to provide participants with the following:

  • An up to date understanding of the prevalence of hate behaviours in Scottish society and specifically sport.
  • More confidence to challenge hate behaviours if / when encountered.
  • A better appreciation of the manifestations of hate behaviours.
  • An understanding as to the potential consequences of hate behaviours both in sport and in wider society.

What our workshop participants say about Colours of our Scarves

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Very professional and engaging”

Their service is brilliant! I really hope some of them are now using your  The delivery of the workshop was very professional and engaging.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Well delivered and the style of the delivery worked well”

It was very well delivered and the style of the delivery worked well with group discussion in the breakout rooms and the use of Question of Sport to provide a different means of interaction.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Thought provoking workshop”

Thought provoking workshop which resonates with you and makes you consider your approach in delivering and general communication with others


With thanks to our funders