Wednesday 1st August 2018

Borders Commit to the College Sport Award

It was smiles all round at Borders College last month as they made their commitment 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 of Scottish Student Sport and is part of our work over the coming years as we aim to help build a world class system for physical activity and student sport. The award is supported by SFC, and endorsed by sportscotland, College Development Network and NUS Scotland.

Engagement between Borders College and SSS began in September 2017 however, it was at the College Development Network Expo in June when momentum ramped up on their sport development journey. Heather Anderson, Borders College Vice Principle, joined our very own Stew Fowlie for a round of crazy golf in the beautiful setting of Queen Margaret University to find out more about the work SSS are doing to support colleges in the sector. Heather was introduced to the College Sport Award and immediately backed the initiative, later gaining support from Borders College Student Association to commit to the framework.

At a meeting at Borders College Hawick Campus in July, this commitment was formally agreed. With Heather Anderson, Lynne Gilchrist (Head of Faculty), Amy Hamilton (Students’ Association Support Officer) and Douglas Jardine (Student President) around the table alongside SSS South East Regional Development Coordinator, Elaine Murdoch, productive discussions on how to progress through the first level of the College Sport Award were had. A Borders College Sport Management Group, comprising of representatives from the Student Association, Facilities, Sports Department and Access Department, has been set-up and are due to meet for the first time later this month. This group will steer the delivery and promotion of new activity on offer to Borders students, aiming to sustainably embed extracurricular sport and physical activity into the culture of the college.

Douglas Jardine is confident that the College Sport Award is the way to go;

“It is great to see Scottish Student Sport investing time and resource into growing sport within colleges. I am keen to get Borders College back on the map; the College Sport Award is a great initiative and I am really looking forward to championing the work during my role this year”.

The next stage for Borders College will be to achieve the entry level of the College Sport Award – whereupon they will receive £500 worth of equipment from SSS – and then begin working towards the Bronze level. With the Award included in the Students’ Association’s operation plan and such clear commitment from all levels of the college in place, we have no doubt that Borders will progress fantastically.