Thursday 30th January 2020

Scottish Student Sport, along with partners ASH Scotland, NUS Scotland and SAMH, are delighted to launch Healthy Body Healthy Mind 2020. Read more about the new look criteria and award!

Scottish Student Sport, along with partners ASH Scotland, NUS Scotland and SAMH, are delighted to launch Healthy Body Healthy Mind 2020.

Healthy Body Healthy Mind supports colleges and universities in improving student and staff well-being and inspires positive changes on campus. In receiving an Award, institutions demonstrate how they are encouraging sport and physical activity, a smoke-free culture and good mental health.

We believe that young people should be able to arrive into learning environments that support physical and mental well-being. We aim to help create a health promoting culture across campus with the emphasis on positive action and preventing ill-health. This is central to the institution’s duty of care towards all students and staff and supports wider goals such as improving attainment and student retention.

Following an external review of the award last year, we have made some positive changes to the criteria and submission process that we hope will be welcomed and provide an environment to achieve more together. Through offering more support to institutions, as well as ongoing feedback on evidence submissions, the partners are committed to supporting the institutions achieve their goals.

What to expect;
  • Dedicated support from the SSS Project Officer.
  • Initial meeting with SSS staff to establish baseline data and set project goals
  • Access to ASH Scotland staff to support your plans for positively impacting the aim of a Tobacco Free generation by 2034 as well as access to ASH Scotland online training.
  • Support through SAMH as part of Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport, to explore and build your ideas on how to ensure mental health is being addressed through your activities. This will give you access to online training and resources.
How to Sign Up

It couldn’t be easier to sign up to Healthy Body Healthy Mind! Just complete the online form to confirm your interest and then we will be in touch with you on how to take your next steps.

🔗 Complete the online form NOW!

In the meantime, should you have any queries then please do not hesitate to get in touch with SSS Project Officer, Sarah Gandon via sarah@scottishstudentsport.com or on 07779 117120.

Documentation

Here you can find the all important docs and files for this years Healthy Body Healthy Mind.

📝 Healthy Body Healthy Mind Criteria 

📝 HBHM Additional Information 

📝 Mental Health Additional Information

📝 Physical Activity and Sport Additional Information 

📝 Smoking Prevention Additional Information 

📝 HBHM Process Map 2020

 

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Thursday 25th June 2020

Scottish Student Sport have signed ASH Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation. Find out more about the Charter and what it aims to achieve!

Scottish Student Sport are delighted to announce that we have signed ASH Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation.

SSS have joined the growing list of over 380 organisations who have pledged their support to help reduce the harm caused by smoking and deliver a tobacco-free generation by 2034.

The aim of Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation is to inspire organisations to take action to reduce the harm caused by tobacco, with a goal of creating a tobacco-free generation with fewer than 5% of adults smoking by 2034.

By signing the Charter SSS are pledging our support to helping achieve the aims of the charter. Through working with ASH Scotland on the Healthy Body Healthy Mind project, we have set out our own actions to support the charter and will continue to support Scottish institutions in their bid to achieve a smoke-free campus.

  • We are committed to supporting our members to deliver the key messages of the ill effects of tobacco and the need for clean campuses.
  • We are committed to living our values as an organisation and working to achieve a healthier, greener, smoke-free and sustainable environment is an aspiration of ours.
  • We are committed to ensuring positive mental and physical wellbeing within our staff team and the wider student sporting network. We recently pledged our support to the SAMH Charter for Mental Health and in response to the re-launch of Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, SSS have committed to celebrating the positive work we do at SSS to look after one another’s mental health.

📲 If you would like to know more about Healthy Body Healthy Mind and how your institution can aim to support Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco Free Generation, please click here.

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Thursday 11th June 2020

SSS are delighted to sign the SAMH Charter for Physical Activity and Sport, and we have now put a plan alongside this to support the work further. Find out more about what we are doing to look after our staff.

As one of the original working group to the establishment of the SAMH Charter for Physical Activity and Sport, and being a signatory of the Charter since it’s inception, SSS have created a declaration plan to support this work further. In response to the re-launch of Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, SSS have committed to celebrating the positive work we do at SSS to look after each one another’s mental health and challenge ourselves to improve wherever possible.

At present, at SSS we pride ourselves on looking after the health and wellbeing of our staff – from day one inductions to last day goodbyes – we look after our staff. Starting a new job can often be a stressful, nerve-wracking process so we make sure our new staff are warmly welcomed at SSS. Staff inductions often include (along with the operational stuff) a relaxed welcome lunch, giving new starts the opportunity to meet and get to know the rest of the team in an informal environment. Welcome signs, personalised playlists are also SSS favorite to make sure new starts feel comfortable.

Facilitating sport and physical activity is core to what we do at SSS, and we make sure these principles are adopted into everyday aspects of our working life too. Walking meetings, allocated time for team physical activity and actively promoting physical activity lunchtime ensures the staff can get a decent break to switch off which studies suggest often leads to improved mental health.

We are also very proud to provide an open and flexible working environment where we encourage conversations surrounding mental health, check-in with each other and understand the challenges that one another might face. Over the last few months, this has never been more important so we have introduced a weekly Wellness Survey and continue to support our staff through our daily calls. If a staff member needs some headspace, flexibility around working hours or locations are often accommodated for to suit the individual’s needs.

In recent weeks our staff team have completed their mental health awareness training and Nicola Scott, Head of Development has been allocated to champion mental health and be qualified in mental health first aid once courses are back up and running. Appropriate time will be allocated for the mental health champion to fulfill the role alongside their other responsibilities so that the role can be fulfilled effectively.

 

📝If you would like more information on the SSS SAMH Declaration you can download it here.

📲If your institution would like to sign up for Healthy Body Healthy Mind you can find information on it here.

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Wednesday 20th November 2019

Mental health continues to be a real focus area within the student population. As we know sport and physical activity can have an overwhelmingly positive outcome on the overall wellbeing of both students and staff on campus.

We have delivered Healthy Body Healthy Mind since 2010/11 with partners NUS Scotland and more recently ASH Scotland. The project is funded by the Scottish Government with the aim of highlighting the links between mental health, physical activity and smoking. HBHM encourages institutions to implement practical changes on campus and adopt a cultural shift to enhance wellbeing through sport and physical activity.

 

Healthy Body Healthy Mind 2020

Scottish Student Sport, along with partners ASH Scotland, NUS Scotland and SAMH, are delighted to launch Healthy Body Healthy Mind 2020.

Healthy Body Healthy Mind supports colleges and universities in improving student and staff well-being and inspires positive changes on campus. In receiving an Award, institutions demonstrate how they are encouraging sport and physical activity, a smoke-free culture and good mental health.

We believe that young people should be able to arrive into learning environments that support physical and mental well-being. We aim to help create a health promoting culture across campus with the emphasis on positive action and preventing ill-health. This is central to the institution’s duty of care towards all students and staff and supports wider goals such as improving attainment and student retention.

Following an external review of the award last year, we have made some positive changes to the criteria and submission process that we hope will be welcomed and provide an environment to achieve more together. Through offering more support to institutions, as well as ongoing feedback on evidence submissions, the partners are committed to supporting the institutions achieve their goals.

What to expect;
  • Dedicated support from the SSS Project Officer.
  • Initial meeting with SSS staff to establish baseline data and set project goals
  • Access to ASH Scotland staff to support your plans for positively impacting the aim of a Tobacco Free generation by 2034 as well as access to ASH Scotland online training.
  • Support through SAMH as part of Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport, to explore and build your ideas on how to ensure mental health is being addressed through your activities. This will give you access to online training and resources.
How to Sign Up

It couldn’t be easier to sign up to Healthy Body Healthy Mind! Just complete the online form to confirm your interest and then we will be in touch with you on how to take your next steps.

🔗 Complete the online form NOW!

In the meantime, should you have any queries then please do not hesitate to get in touch with SSS Project Officer, Sarah Gandon via sarah@scottishstudentsport.com or on 07779 117120.

Documentation

Here you can find the all important docs and files for this years Healthy Body Healthy Mind.

📝 Healthy Body Healthy Mind Criteria 

📝 HBHM Additional Information 

📝 Mental Health Additional Information

📝 Physical Activity and Sport Additional Information 

📝 Smoking Prevention Additional Information 

📝 HBHM Process Map 2020

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Monday 5th February 2018

 Welcome to the

College Sport Award

The College Sport Award is a self-improvement framework for Colleges that wish to provide physical activity and sport opportunities to their students, staff and communities.

The Award is a key project for us and is part of the work we will do over the coming years as we aim to help build a world-class system for physical activity and student sport.

 ‘Our College recognises the unique role, value and potential that sport and physical activity has to enhance College life – that’s why we are involved in the College Sport Award’

We caught up with our Honorary President, Mr Mark Beaumont, to hear his views and endorsement of the College Sport Award. 

 Framework


Number of Colleges Engaged
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Any questions? Don’t hesitate to ask!


Completing the Award requires a firm commitment from the College and Students Association around planning, staffing and timetabling which will naturally need to be resourced. However, the Award itself – including the staff support time from SSS – is free to sign up to, provided the College is already in membership of Scottish Student Sport.
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Monday 10th April 2017

Awards

The annual Scottish Student Sport Awards, recognizing the highest achieving athletes, coaches and volunteers in Scotland.

Categories

This will be awarded to a male individual for outstanding sporting achievement at the highest level during the 2018-19 season. This can include international performances achieved between 22nd April 2018 and 20th April 2019.

This will be awarded to a female individual for outstanding sporting achievement at the highest level during the 2018-19 season. This can include international performances achieved between 22nd April 2018 and 20th April 2019.

This will be awarded to a team for outstanding sporting achievement at the highest level during the 2018-19 season. This can include international performances achieved between 22nd April 2018 and 20th April 2019.

This award will be awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to student sport by coaching during the 2018-19 season. Good quality coaching; innovative ideas; dedication to the sport; and a drive to continually improve their own skills are features of an outstanding coach.

This will be awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to student sport during the 2018-19 year.  The contribution may be in many forms such as exceptional active or administrative services to a club, college, or university; as a faithful club servant, committee member, leader; officiating; coaching; or purely down to their love of sport. Volunteers purely in a coaching capacity should be nominated for the Coach of the Year award.

This will be awarded to a club that can demonstrate excellence in the 2018-19 season. Increasing memberships, upping participation, innovative projects, developing volunteers, promoting the role of officials; fundraising, community links and involvement in institution activity are just certain elements that would demonstrate excellence.

2017 – 18 Winners

Club of the Year

Edinburgh University Women’s Hockey Club

 Female Athlete of the Year

Laura Muir (Athletics) – University of Glasgow

Team of the Year


Edinburgh University Women’s Fencing Team

Male Athlete of the Year

Duncan Scott (Swimming) – University of Stirling

Coach of the Year

John Higson (Boat) – The University of Edinburgh

 Volunteer of the Year

Gill Thayne – University of Stirling

2017 – 2018 Healthy Body Healthy Mind

Five Stars

City of Glasgow College

 Four Stars

Dundee & Angus College
University of Dundee
Fife College
West Lothian College

Three Stars

University of Aberdeen
Perth College
University of Stirling

 Two Stars

Edinburgh College
Glasgow Clyde College
University of Glasgow
University of the Highlands and Islands
Queen Margaret University
Scotland’s Rural College
South Lanarkshire College

One Star

Border’s College
Dumfries & Galloway College
Edinburgh Napier University
Heriot-Watt University
Inverness College
New College Lanarkshire
Robert Gordon University
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
West College Scotland


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Friday 29th May 2020

SSS are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Intermediate Level of the Equality Standard in Sport. Read the full story about what the award is and how we achieved it!

SSS recently received the very positive news that we have been awarded the Intermediate Level of the Equality Standard in Sport.

This achievement represents three years of excellent work within the organisation and significant leaps across student sport in terms of participation, projects, and partnerships.

The Equality Standard is supported by sportscotland – via Plan4Sport – as part of its expert resource help to governing bodies and other partners. By working through the standard, funded organisations are encouraged to own and deliver an Equality Action Plan that can demonstrably improve their impact on people in protected groups.

For SSS this has produced a number of highlights including:

  • Our well-developed work with partners at Scottish Disability Sport
  • An active contribution to the SAMH Charter for Physical Activity & Sport
  • A lead delivery role within the rejuvenated Healthy Body, Healthy Mind programme
  • The collection, collation and analysis of better equality data
  • A series of impactful campaigns and projects including Rainbow Laces, CHANGES, and She Can She Will
  • Embedding value-based decision making across SSS – adopting an INCLUSIVE approach in all we do

Reaching the Intermediate award milestone represents another 2021 strategy target achieved, and so it is fitting to pause and celebrate the network-wide commitment that this represents.

SSS would like to thank all who have contributed to the work thus far, both across our membership and within the many partner organisations who have supported us along the way. A special thanks to Barbara Lawson and all of our Equality Steering Group members for giving additional volunteer time to help guide the work. We couldn’t have managed it without you.

Having reached this level SSS is now amongst the most developed sports bodies in the country. This important work will now continue towards the top-level (Advanced) over the coming years, in our bid to make student sport a place where everyone is able and welcome to play.

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