Friday 19th April 2019

Leaders of Tomorrow

After a whirlwind six months packed with learning, discussion and development in equal measure, the SSS Leadership Programme came to and end with a final wrap-up session at the beginning of April.

The SSS Leadership Programme, designed to support students through a personal development pathway via specific learning related to leadership and employability, ended in style earlier in the month. Leaders were invited to a reflection and review session, facilitated by Eiger Performance, before heading down to Dunbar for an afternoon of activity on the water thanks to programme partners, Foxlake Adventures.

What have they learnt?

The wrap-up session was packed with rich and insightful discussion. When asked what key areas of learning the programme supported with; self-reflection, outcomes-based discussions, delegation and the ability to learn from mistakes all features in the Leaders’ responses. They also noted that learning about various leadership styles increased their confidence and that setting goals improved their motivation. The value of seeking feedback was also a key discussion point, with Leaders feeling more comfortable highlighting general areas for development and working collaboratively with their peers to reach a common goal.

The programme also threw up a few (we hope welcome!) challenges for our students. The group discussed how they tackled competing priorities & personal discipline, delegation and self-evaluation.

All roads lead to Foxlake

So, after a morning of thought-provoking chat, it was time to hope aboard the mini-bus and head along the A1! Foxlake Adventures, who have been an invaluable partner throughout the 2018/19 programme (contributing to employability ‘Mastermind Sessions’ and offering internship opportunities to our students) welcomed us to their Dunbar site. Wet suited and booted, the Leaders took on Foxfall – a ropes course over water – and enjoyed a few rides on the Ringo. What better way to blow off some steam after an immersive semester of academics, sport and volunteering?!

Class of 2018/19

As a result of their impressive engagement and dedication to learning & personal growth, Scottish Student Sport are delighted to announce the students who have graduated from the Leadership Programme:

Aaron Wijetunga – South Lanarkshire College
Ananda Bruce – City of Glasgow College
Chloe Hannant – Robert Gordon University
Courteney Hamilton – City of Glasgow College
Hollie Cassidy – Glasgow Caledonian University
Julianna Martin – City of Glasgow College
Kieran Dowling – University of Glasgow
Louise O’Neill – University of Glasgow
Luke Wiseman – University of Edinburgh
Michaela Asisten – Perth College UHI
Natasha Bowman – Edinburgh Napier University
Ruby Versfeld – University of St Andrews

Elaine Murdoch, South East Regional Development Coordinator and staff lead of the Leadership Programme had this to say:

“It has been nothing short of a pleasure to work with the 2018/19 cohort of SSS Leaders, alongside my colleagues, Eilidh and Megan. As the weeks progressed, the students continued to astound me with their high levels of engagement, insight and self-reflection. This, coupled with their guaranteed enthusiasm each week, made for fantastic ‘Mastermind Sessions’ – I often found myself taking away some learning and points to reflect on! A huge thanks must also go to Guy Richardson from Eiger Performance and Gary Dyer of Foxlake Adventures for their involvement in providing a great experience to the students.”

Looking to the future, Elaine continued:

“It has been incredibly rewarding to watch the students’ development take shape over the past six months. A number of this year’s Leaders are going on to fulfil key volunteer and executive committee roles at their institutions or have already secured full-time employment post graduation, citing experience in the Leadership Programme as a supporting factor. I am certain that we have not seen the last of this brilliant bunch of young leaders and I look forward to keenly watching their progress over the next few years.”

 

We look forward to celebrating with our Leaders at their graduation ceremony during SSS Conference 2019. Stay tuned for information regarding the 2019/20 programme, heading to institution inboxes in August.

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