Tuesday 9th April 2019

Cross Country Chair

Scottish Student Sport (SSS), the governing body for student sport in Scotland, is seeking an energetic and committed individual to act as the lead volunteer within Scottish Student Cross Country.

Role title: Scottish Student Cross Country Chair Role Description

Responsible to: Head of Competitions

Where (location): Various within Scotland

Time commitment: Variable, 10-15 hours per month, with 4-5 SSS championship races which ideally the Chair could attend

Scottish Student Sport (SSS), the governing body for student sport in Scotland, is seeking an energetic and committed individual to act as the lead volunteer within Scottish Student Cross Country.

The Chair will enjoy an excellent opportunity to contribute to a large sports programme and work closely with Scottish Athletics.

The selected individual will be a key figure in the drive towards improving and strengthening cross country, and also road running and hill running in Scotland.

The Chair will work with SSS staff to coordinate event delivery, budget management, strategic planning, and communicating with the student participants.

Main Tasks

  • To maintain effective communication with the SSS Head Office – updating them on event dates, sharing race news with them, planning the collection of medals, race vests, branding etc.
  • To keep up at least a monthly communication with the student clubs – advertising the SSS events, sharing entry links, race results and race reports, promoting participation in the Winter League and in general anything else that might be of use to the student clubs.
  • Promoting the Winter League to Clubs and encouraging clubs to attend – this is made up of five events (organised by students); Chariots of Fire 5k, Stirling Freshers XC, Braids Hill Race, Glasgow 5 Mile Road Race, and Round the Grounds 5k.
  • Calculating and sharing Winter League standings throughout the year with the student clubs.
  • Writing race reports for the SSS website for the SSS XC Championships, the Inter District Championships, SSS Road Relays, SSS 10k Championships and SSS Hill Running Championships.
  • Helping the host club to organise the SSS XC Championships – the hosting club will do most of the organisation but the Chair is there to offer help, make sure that everything is in order, to promote the event to all the student clubs (this is very important as the race is the selection race for the SSS squad for the Inter District XC Championships so it is desirable to get a high turn out to this event!). It is also very important for the Chair to liaise with Scottish Athletics regarding this event, to make sure that it does not clash with any major races in the Scottish Athletics calendar – the date should be set in the summer with the event usually early November.
  • To liaise with Scottish Athletics and select the SSS squads for the Inter District Championships in January. Ideally the Chair would then attend this event to help at registration and hand out the squad vests.
  • To represent the SSS at the SSS Road Relays, the 10k Championships and the Hill Running Championships. Mainly to hand out the SSS medals during prizegiving.

Required Skills, Qualities & Experience

  • Proactive, can do attitude
  • Experience in race event management (desirable but not at all necessary)
  • Experience/knowledge of student cross country races and Scottish Athletics events
  • Ability to effectively communicate with student clubs and Scottish Athletics Clubs (who incorporate the SSS Championship into their events)

Training & Support Available

  • Handover provided by outgoing Chair
  • Annual Chairs’ Training day hosted by SSS
  • Any relevant CPD courses/experience as identified by Chair and Head of Competitions
  • Named staff member within SSS

Application is by CV and cover letter, sent to Head of Competitions – ben@scottishstudentsport.com by Friday May 3rd 2019

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