Winning Scotland Foundation are supporting a national drive to celebrate the importance of maths in our everyday lives.

We are working in partnership with the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open (running from 1-4 October) and Making Maths Count to encourage school pupils to get creative with numbers through the sport of golf. 

Winning Scotland Foundation support hundreds of schools across Scotland to help children approach maths with confidence and to transform the mindset that influences our perceptions of who can and can’t be ‘good at maths’, the stereotype that reveals itself every time someone says, “I'm not a maths person”. 

We believe that having a growth mindset approach to maths will enable more young people to feel confident and competent with numbers - and what better way to achieve this mindset than bringing maths to life through sports like golf?

The initiative coincides with Maths Week Scotland which is part of the Scottish Government’s drive to encourage positive attitudes to numeracy and maths. This year sees the fourth annual event taking place from 28 September to 4 October, so the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open provides the perfect backdrop for the activity.

We have created an education pack, available to all schools via, which shows how golf and maths make a perfect pairing.

Activities include:

  • Planning for a golf event: selling tickets and paying staff – does it add up?
  • Golf scorekeeping: perfect pars and double bogeys – how many shots will it take?
  • Golfing stars: How do your stats stack up against the world’s best?
  • Golf and growth mindset: resilience and perseverance is the name of the game.
  • Maths on flags: pupils at Macmerry PS in Tranent have provided brain teasers for everyone by replacing traditional flag numbers with alternative calculations (see image). How many ways can you get from 1-18?

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “I am pleased that maths calculations from pupils at Macmerry Primary School will feature on the pinhole flags at the Scottish Open. The initiative is a perfect way to combine maths and sport and I am happy to see it taking place during Maths Week Scotland this year.

“The new resource created by Aberdeen Standard Investments and the Winning Scotland Foundation includes an engaging series of tasks which allow learners to explore maths and golf in a range of creative ways.”

Our Executive Director, Morag Arnot said: “We are delighted to support the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open by providing an education pack to help pupils engage with maths through a series of fun, golf related activities. By encouraging a positive attitude towards numeracy and its relevance to everyday life, this will help fulfil our charitable purpose to empower Scotland’s young people with confidence and resilience.”