Thursday 31st January 2019

Top 10 for 2019

Not one for setting New Year resolutions we asked our commander in chief, Stew Fowlie, what his top targets are for 2019. From 100 Years of Student Sport to supporting the new sportscotland corporate plan, these top 10 have sure got us excited for the coming year.


Celebrating another year of sustained growth across student sport – we expect figures that are to be collected in February to show an increase in sports club participation for the 15th straight year – taking the total to 35,000, which is double what it was in 2003. 


Enjoying the Scottish Student Games – bringing a number of our individual sports together in the first week of February will be a great opportunity to recognise the rich diversity and scale of our sports programme. Edinburgh will play host to the Games and we look forward to the experience of over 1000 participants.



Completing the next wave of formal partnership agreements with some key SGB partners. We are currently working closely to develop a new approach with Judo, Table Tennis, Fencing, Squash and Trampoline to name but a few.


Delivering a brilliant conference at University of Strathclyde – it will be a treat to deliver a vibrant programme within the modern and central surroundings of Strathclyde Sport and the other excellent facilities on campus.


Continuing our commitment to Investors in People (IIP) – it is important to the whole network that SSS remains a well governed organisation that looks after its people (both staff and volunteers). The IIP accreditation process will be a great opportunity to celebrate existing good practice and plan out our future improvements.


Celebrating 100 years of Inter-University Sport with our friends from across the UK – Scottish individuals, teams and institutions have made enormous contributions to the UK scene during the last century and it is only right to pause and reflect on the many successes that have followed.



Including ever more institutions in the College Sport Award framework – it is terrific to have four Colleges already signed up and actively working through the Award and we hope that they will be joined by many more during 2019, as they aim to improve the offer to Scotland’s College students.


sportscotland, the National Agency for Sport

Supporting and delivering against the new sportscotland corporate plan – it has been rewarding to engage in the consultation behind the new plan and from Spring 2019 it will be an enjoyable challenge to see what more the student network can do across various elements of Scottish Sport.


Taking part in the 30th World University Games in Naples – this major international event, taking place in July, will see a British team with a strong Scottish flavour, competing alongside 8,000 others in this iconic southern Italian city.


Helping to support our student sport sabbs and others into their next destination in sport – it is always sad to say goodbye to our amazing graduates as they take their next step, but we hope that we can help them manage the transition, and especially those who pursue a career in sport. They are all important members of the Tribe!

Stew Fowlie
Chief Operating Officer | Scottish Student Sport