Aport Minister Patricia Ferguson today announced the reappointment of two board members to sportscotland.

Fraser Wishart is currently Secretary of the Scottish Professional Footballers' Association (SPFA), Director of the Scootish Football Patnership and football broadcaster on Radio Clyde and various TV programmes. He was Assistant Secretary for the SPFA. He has been both player and coach with Motherwell, St Mirren, Falkirk, Rangers, Hearts, Clydebank and Airdrieonians. He has been a member of the SPFA Management Committee for nineteen years including eight as President.

Atholl Duncan is currently Director of Corporate Affairs at Scottish Water. Before taking up his current role, he was Managing Editor of News and Current Affairs at BBC Scotland, responsible for running a department which produced news on television, radio and online. He spent 19 years at the BBC in a variety of roles as a manager and journalist in the news and sports departments. He is an enthusiastic fun runner competing in 10ks and half marathons.

Atholl Duncan 's reappointment will be for four years and will run from September 15, 2005, to September 14, 2009. Fraser Wishart's reappointment will run from November 16, 2005 to November 15, 2009. Neither of the appointees hold any other Ministerial Public Appointments. These posts are part-time and are not remunerated.

The Scottish Sports Council (now trading as sportscotland) was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1972. As the Scottish Ministers' principal advisory body on sport, sportscotland receives grant-in-aid from the Scottish Executive Education Department and is accountable to the Scottish Ministers and ultimately the Scottish Parliament.

An NDPB Council has collective responsibility for ensuring that the statutory purposes of the body are being fulfilled, that Scottish Executive policies and priorities are being met, and that the use of resources represents an appropriate and effective uses of public funds. Board appointments carry a time commitment of 6-8 meetings per year.

These Ministerial public appointments were made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland's Code of Practice.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. Mr Wishart and Mr Duncan have declared that they had undertaken no political activities.