Sport in Scotland after Brexit (employment and funding)

Last updated: 21 November 2019

The UK may be leaving the European Union on or before 31 January 2020.

Brexit may have an effect on the way you live in Scotland.

It may also affect the way sport is run is Scotland, from professional sports to 'grassroots' and volunteering.

Brexit has not happened, and many of the details are not yet known or are regularly changing. This page gives the most up-to-date information, but it will be added to and changed over time, so please keep checking back for updates.


If the terms of Brexit include changes to freedom of movement, this may affect the way Scottish sporting organisations give jobs to:

  • professional playing staff
  • coaches
  • specialised positions

At the moment, freedom of movement means that sporting organisations can give professional contracts to EU citizens without needing a work permit.

After Brexit, EU citizens may need to have a work permit to join sports organisations in the UK.

The UK Government website has more information on UK working visas.


Sports clubs and organisations, including sports research institutions, may lose out on European funding, like Erasmus+.

However, only a small part of sports funding in the UK comes from Europe, meaning the impact will not be large.

The Erasmus+ website gives more information on funding in the UK after Brexit.


After Brexit, there will be changes to travel to and from European Union countries.

This could affect travel to the EU for:

  • sporting teams and individuals
  • supporters
  • volunteers

The 'Transport after Brexit' page gives more information on this.

Horse racing and other equestrian sports

Brexit may also have an effect on the movement of horses in and out of EU countries.

This could have an impact on:

  • horse racing in Scotland
  • the wider performance sector
  • horse owners in general

The UK Government site has information on the rules on exporting horses, ponies and other equines, including what to do if there's a 'no deal' situation.

The content on this site is correct as of today's date and is based on the information available at this time. Regular updates will be made as the Brexit process develops. In the event of a 'no deal', additional advice and information will be given on this site. Please continue to check back for updates.