Our Partners

Shetland Recreational Trust works with a number of partners to deliver benefits to our customers and the wider community. These include:

Shetland Charitable Trust

The Shetland Charitable Trust is a charity set up to benefit the inhabitants of Shetland. Their aim is to provide public benefit to and improve the quality of life for the people of Shetland, especially in the areas of: Social care and welfare; Arts, culture, sport and recreation; The environment, natural history and heritage.

Shetland Charitable Trust provides significant grant funding to Shetland Recreational Trust, to enable individuals and communities throughout Shetland to benefit from high quality leisure and sporting opportunities.

NHS Shetland

NHS Shetland is responsible for delivering healthcare to people living and working in Shetland. They are influential in promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.


The National Agency for Sport in Scotland. They believe that sport makes a unique contribution to life in Scotland, helping to make us a wealthier, fairer, smarter, healthier, greener, safer and stronger nation. Their mission is to encourage everyone in Scotland to discover and develop their own sporting experience, helping to increase participation and improve performances in Scottish sport.

Shetland Islands Council

Shetland Islands Council is responsible for delivering a range of public services and provides a range of sport and leisure services, throughout Shetland. Shetland Recreational Trust works alongside the Council’s Sport and Leisure Services to deliver on Shetland’s Sport Strategy.

Skills Development Scotland

Each year lots of people start a Modern Apprenticeship which allows employers to develop their workforce by training new staff. Skills Development Scotland contributes towards the cost of candidates training, through a Training Provider who works with the industry. Shetland Recreational Trust is a Training Provider as well as an Employer within the Modern Apprenticeship scheme.

Modern Apprenticeship

The Modern Apprenticeship scheme in Scotland are designed with Employer and Industry combined to ensure that candidates have the opportunity to learn on the job, and get the experience that they need whilst working towards a recognised qualification. Shetland Recreational Trust is a recognised Modern Apprenticeship Centre.

Scottish Qualifications Authority

The qualifications candidates achieve by undertaking the Modern Apprenticeship scheme are accredited through the Scottish Qualification Authority. Shetland Recreational Trust is a SQA Approved Centre.

The Institute of Qualified Lifeguards (IQL UK)

The Training Provider Shetland Recreational Trust (SRT) use for certification of recognised lifeguards are The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) which is the Drowning Prevention Charity and the UK’s leading provider of water safety and drowning prevention education.

The Institute of Qualified Lifeguards UK (IQL UK) is the trading subsidiary of RLSS UK.

Through IQL UK, the leading provider of lifeguard training, there are more than 90,000 RLSS UK pool lifeguards trained in the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) and around 95 per cent of all pool lifeguards are trained by the RLSS UK. The qualification enables swimming pool operators to meet the industry standards for Health & Safety. IQL UK offers a wide variety of qualifications as part of its portfolio including qualifications regulated by Ofqual.

In order to provide these regulated awards each delivery centre must meet the terms and conditions laid out to become a recognised Approved Training Centre. All of the SRT facilities meet these criteria. This needs to be maintained to ensure that only the highest standards are provided.

Trainer Assessors are responsible for the delivery of RLSS vocational qualifications throughout the UK. The NPLQ training is provided by qualified IQL Trainer Assessors these are people who have undertaken a programme of training and assessment in the delivery of NPLQ courses.

Other regulated awards that are provided through IQL are First Aid at Work, Emergency First Aid at Work, Paediatric First Aid, Emergency Paediatric First Aid & Automated External Defibrillator.

and many volunteers, coaches, clubs and associations.