Updated Wednesday 06 Mar 2024

CASE FILE: Active Club Scotland

Name Active Club Scotland
Tags Nazi, Fascist and Ethnonationalist
Categories Organisation
Related People/Groups Patriotic Alternative, Vanguard Britannia
Years Active 2023 – Present
Active Areas Scotland



Active Club Scotland (ACS) is a fascist martial arts club that launched publicly in May 2023. It is aligned with the international Active Club network. The group sporadically promotes itself through videos and images and occasionally engages in street activism. However, most of its activities are not public facing and it attempts to keep its members anonymous.

ACS combines physical exercise with far-right beliefs, aiming to develop physical strength and a capacity for violence. The group’s goal is to be the vanguard of the fascist movement as well as build community among white men.

The group is led by Scott Cowan, who has attended Patriotic Alternative demonstrations and has previously been involved with Scottish Defence League and other short-lived far-right groups in Scotland. Most members of the group have previously been active in other far-right groups, notably Blood & Honour. One of its members, Peter Stewart, attended a demonstration with the now-banned nazi terror group National Action in 2016.



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