Thursday 29th August 2019

In a bid to positively change the culture in Student sport, SSS have partnered up with the CHANGES Programme. The CHANGES: Train the Trainer programme is designed to up-skill staff in the network to deliver awareness workshops to clubs in attempt to tackle the challenge of initiation and hazing activity within student sport. Read more about the new partnership below!

SSS has signed an official partnership agreement with the CHANGES Programme which is an exciting next step on our journey to positively change the culture within student sport. We have worked with Professor Moira Lafferty (University of Chester) and her colleague Dr. Caroline Wakefield (Liverpool Hope University) for over a year now and we are excited to see what the future holds off the back of this new partnership.

Through the partnership we aim to deliver:

SSS Commitment

  • To utilise SSS communications channels (both physical and digital) to members in order to promote and market the CHANGES programme to sports departments and student unions.
  • To formally endorse all CHANGES resources with the SSS brand as a demonstration of the partnership.
  • To formally support the development of a ‘train the trainer’ development model in order to grow the delivery workforce capable of delivering the CHANGES intervention in Scotland.
  • To provide ongoing support through SSS staff, Development Committee and Equality Steering Group.

CHANGES Commitment 

  • Continue to provide SSS members with the CHANGES workshop programme and components at a not for profit delivery.
  • Run in collaboration with SSS ‘Train the Trainer’ workshops so we have people trained at Regional level to run the workshops.
  • Update materials and make these available.
  • Work with SSS to further develop CHANGES to tackle anti-social behaviour beyond welcome and initiation activities.
  • Provide support, input and updates at Conference and meetings as required.
  • In all work involving CHANGES with other Educational groups / student sport acknowledge and reference the partnership agreement with SSS.

“Working with both SSS and BUCS is really important as we continue to address negative initiation activity and educate about positive welcome events North and South of the border, making student sport safe and inclusive for all.”

Lead researcher, Professor Moira Lafferty, from the University of Chester’s School of Psychology, said:

“Signing the partnership with Scottish Student Sport as lead researcher and developer has cemented the work myself and my colleague, Associate Professor Caroline Wakefield, from Liverpool Hope University, have been doing with SSS over the last 12 months and builds on our already developed partnership and work with British Universities Colleges Sport. Working with both SSS and BUCS is really important as we continue to address negative initiation activity and educate about positive welcome events North and South of the border, making student sport safe and inclusive for all.

“This partnership means that CHANGES is recognised formally by all those in charge of student sport on the UK mainland and is recognition of our work and the success of the programme.”

Train the Trainer Course

The next Train the Trainer course takes place on Thursday 5th September at ISE, University of Dundee. The deadline for signing up is Monday 2nd September at 12:00. Moira’s research displays the advantages of having external staff deliver the CHANGES workshops with club representatives and there is an ambition that across the Scottish network we develop a workforce that enables institutions to support each other to train up all 614 clubs in the network.

Sign up here for CHANGES: Train the Trainer

Michael Webster, from the University of Edinburgh participated in the training last year and from that, co-delivered a workshop to over thirty sports club members at Robert Gordon University.

He said: “The Train the Trainer course was engaging, informative and eye-opening. The effects of hazing and negative group events can be catastrophic, so to have the ability to deliver workshops with the aim of positively influencing the culture of student sport clubs, feels incredibly impactful, and fulfilling on a personal level.

“The tools and techniques from the course have allowed me to frame conversations around looking to the future, creating new traditions, and utilising team building techniques to create inclusive, positive and safe welcome activities.”

“The tools and techniques from the course have allowed me to frame conversations around looking to the future, creating new traditions, and utilising team building techniques to create inclusive, positive and safe welcome activities.”

The current list of available trainers can found below, and will be updated after 5th September.

Michael Webster – University of Edinburgh – michael.webster@ed.ac.uk

Bethany Lawrie – University of Edinburgh – Bethany.Lawrie@ed.ac.uk

Jamie Taylor – University of Glasgow – Jamie.Taylor@glasgow.ac.uk

Catherine Wilson – Heriot Watt University – catherine.wilson@hw.ac.uk

Eamonn Laird – University of Dundee – e.y.laird@dundee.ac.uk

Nicola Scott – Scottish Student Sport – nicola@scottishstudentsport.com

Megan Richardson – Scottish Student Sport – megan@scottishstudentsport.com

Gavin Rittoo – Scottish Student Sport – gavin@scottishstudentsport.com 

 

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Wednesday 4th December 2019

SSS engage with many partners on different aspects of our work – from commercial sponsors to third sector organisations. We aim to ensure student sport is not only embedded but that we can draw on the expertise of partners to enhance student sport. Current partnerships: BUCS CHANGES Precor IENA Sportscotland Scottish Funding Council Ashaway Viper10 NUS Scotland ASH Scotland

SSS engage with many partners on different aspects of our work – from commercial sponsors to third sector organisations. We aim to ensure student sport is not only embedded but that we can draw on the expertise of partners to enhance student sport.

Current partnerships:

  • BUCS
  • CHANGES
  • Precor
  • IENA
  • Sportscotland
  • Scottish Funding Council
  • Ashaway
  • Viper10
  • NUS Scotland
  • ASH Scotland
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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 …

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.

HBHM will relaunch in semester two. Watch this space…

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Tuesday 7th May 2019

 Conference

12th – 13th June 2019
University of Strathclyde


Welcome

We are delighted to announce that the Scottish Student Sport Conference 2019 will be hosted by our friends in the West, in one of Scotland’s newest sporting facilities, the University of Strathclyde!

The Conference will see a variety of breakout sessions and workshops, a number of guest speakers, and an opportunity for delegates to network and catch up amongst colleagues.

There will be many opportunities to stay active across the two days including the infamous group run, inspired by athletes of old, on the second day.

Delegate Rates

To register for Conference we ask that you follow the link below to our Azolve system where you will be asked to enter a few details.

Don’t worry, it is easier than it sounds.

Delegate Day Rate: £65
Accommodation: £55

Registration will close on Tuesday 4th June

Awards dinner registration will close on Wednesday 5th June

Programme

10:00
10:30
10:40

 

 

 

11:40
Registration
Welcome to Conference 2019
Opening Keynote

‘Future Proofing Through the Lens of Sport’ with Mark Stevenson

The future is going to be messy, but sport has a vital role to play in getting us through the next 30 years. ‘Relectant Futurist’ Mark Stevenson will take you through the good, the bad and the ugly of the coming decades, what he’s learnt about innovation and systems change in writing his two bestselling books – and what it all means for sport…

From Student Sport to Student Support – We all have a Part to Play.

Drawing from his 18 years of experience as a Director of Sport, current BUCS Inclusion Chair & Director of Student Life at RGU, Filippo Antoniazzi, will give an insight into the daily challenges facing student services. Filippo will identify that the unique manner in which university and college sports departments work in genuine partnership with students is the future in building communities and supporting our students.

CHANGES

Initiations and ‘lad’ behaviour continue to cause challenges in student sport. We will hear more about the CHANGES intervention, which has had tremendous success south of the border.


LUNCH


 13:45

 

14:15
Foxlake Cinema

Sit back and relax – enjoy short films capturing the best of student sport projects and initiatives. There will be audience participation to crown the Best Picture.

What Does ‘Clean Sport’ Mean?

Hear from experts in the field, Dr Laurie Patterson and Sarah Gandon. The session will look at Anti-Doping within performance sport through to the culture of everyday supplementation.


 Comfort Break


 15:30
Breakout
Emotional Resilience Masterclass Delivered by Switch The Play

Give strength to the voice inside that tells you “yes, you will, because yes you can.”

Champions are made when the end of the road is in sight, the tank is empty, the light is dark, and they find another level, they keep moving forward.

If at first you don’t succeed…? How often have you come up against a challenge in sport? Sport is full of highs and lows, successes and set-backs, celebrations and sadness – things hit us on a daily basis to knock us off track from our goals. A physical knock can cause injury and despair, but it can be the mental knocks that affect us the most, causing anxiety, anger, sadness, and stealing our confidence. Indeed it’s the knocks we take in trying to reach our biggest goals that hurt the most – what sets apart those who flourish from those who fall comes in part down to emotional resilience.

Delegates will leave this Masterclass equipped with knowledge of how the brain and body responds to stress and able to use personal experience to explore stress triggers.

Sign up to this class today and give yourself the opportunity to build a personal resilience recipe to thrive through change.

16:30
Leaders Graduation

Celebrating the achievements across this year’s cohort of Scottish Student Sport Leaders.

16:45
Closing Remarks

Check into accommodation

18:00
UV Team Sport Fun!

Join in with some fun UV sport hosted at Strathclyde Sport’s smart new facility.

20:00
Food and Quiz

End the day in true SSS style with some food and a quiz!

07:30
08:15
10:00
10:15
Morning Mile(s) Run
Breakfast and Shower
Registration
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
 11:30
Our Parks – Born Barikor

Hear from Born Barikor, Founder and CEO of Our Parks. Our Parks aim is to ensure that easy access to exercise on your doorstep.

 12:30
Sport For All

Launch of sportscotland Corporate Plan by Stewart Harris


LUNCH


14:00
The Customer Journey

Marina Thomas, in conversation with Debra Martin: student engagement and the customer journey. Marina is an independent sales professional with over 20 years of experience delivering sales training to the leisure industry. Marina has been working alongside the University of Stirling, notably with Debra Martin, Business Development Manager, redesigning their sales journey and looking at student engagement. Following an insightful presentation looking at the complete customer journey and engagement both externally and internally, Marina will discuss Stirling’s experience of the process, the challenges they have faced and how the training has helped them going forward.

 15:00
Discussion Groups

 Comfort Break


16:15
Closing Keynote

Mark Beaumont in conversation with Jane Campbell Morrison will explore new adventures undertaken by the legendary athlete and Honorary President of Scottish Student Sport. Jane, back for another year after a successful interview with Myrtle Simpson, will blether on and around Mark’s latest challenges, experiences, and future plans.

17:15
Closing Remarks
18:45
Annual Awards Evening

Dinner & Awards Evening

Join us as we celebrate and recognise the highest performing athletes, dedicated coaches and volunteers, and a truly successful year over dinner in the hip, stylistic, and cultured, Drygate Brewery, Glasgow.

Tickets are priced at £65 per person and are available to members and alumni

Annual General Meeting

On Thursday 13th all Scottish Student Sport members, volunteers and partners are invited to join in with the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Agenda and supporting papers will be added here, and issued by e-mail to voting members, 14 days prior to the meeting.

In the meantime please direct any AGM queries to Stew Fowlie, Chief Operating Officer, via email or telephone: +44 (0) 0131 650 9653


AGM Minutes 2018

AGM Agenda 2019

Committee Nominations

Form

Committee Nominations

Guidance

SSS Constitution 2018


Locations

Conference

University of Strathclyde
Strathclyde Business School
199 Cathedral Street
Glasgow

G4 0GU

Accommodation

Birkbeck Court
105 Cathedral St
Glasgow

G4 0NW

Parking

Dinner

Drygate Brewery
85 Drygate
Glasgow

G4 0UT

Map


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Tuesday 12th February 2019

Scottish Students fell to a tough 31-3 loss to their well-drilled Irish counterparts last weekend to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Queen’s University Belfast RFC, ending a five week Scottish Student Sport program.

Scottish Students fell to a tough 31-3 loss to their well-drilled Irish counterparts last weekend to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Queen’s University Belfast RFC, ending a five week Scottish Student Sport program.

Head coach James Wade, also of the University of Glasgow, and his assistants Callum Black and Jamie McCarthy, travelled to Belfast with 23 of Scotland’s finest student rugby players on Saturday morning, to try to avenge last year’s loss at Peffermill, Edinburgh.

A strong captain’s run on Saturday morning gave the players the chance to test out the pitch, run through set moves, and reinforce the still fresh partnerships, most of which had been forged since the turn of the year.

Arriving at The Dub, the home of Northern Ireland’s second oldest rugby club Queen’s University, on Sunday afternoon team spirit was good, and indeed remained high into the first half. The early exchanges saw some hugely physical carries met with equally aggressive tackling from both sides. A bright start from the Scottish backline, galvanised by fly-half and University of Glasgow player Kerr Stoddart, caused nuisance amongst the Irish defence. The stand-off showed good judgement in when to put boot to ball, a number of great kicks behind the Irish defence in the opening twenty minutes pinning them back.

With ball in hand, both teams looked equally menacing. Quick ball, and fierce competition at the breakdown led to a number of turnovers, with neither team quite settling into a rhythm throughout the first twenty-five minutes. A ruck time infringement gave Stoddart his first opportunity, and he duly slotted it over from 35 yards out.

No sooner had Scotland taken the lead however, before Ireland came knocking. With a deep kick-off, the ball was allowed to bounce, putting the Scottish defence under pressure. An infringement at the ruck presented Ireland with a chance to kick for the corner. A few phases later, despite huge defence Ireland were able to exploit a gap to put their winger over in the corner. Conversion slotted, it was game on.

High winds and miserable conditions led to misfiring lineouts on both sides, and despite a few phases of strong Irish attack, the Scots were able to match their ferocity in attack, lock forward Graham Malley making a nuisance of himself as he continued to do all day at the Irish breakdown. The Belfast born lock forward was never far from the action, flinging himself into tackles, phase after phase. He and his teammates defended with strength, and when the half time whistle came they returned to the changing room with their heads up.

Three changes came at half time, as coach Wade looked to tinker with the line-up to help change the game. Glasgow duo Harry Warr and Michael Keegan came on for Cimprich and Wither, with Stirling’s Andy Orr coming on at prop for Gordon.

Warr, typically a scrum half, was straight into the action, bolting to gather an opportunistic kick behind the defence from Ireland to call a mark. The kick came after some immense defence from Scotland, Ireland trying and trying to punch their way through the solid defensive line, with lock Reece refusing to let his teammate Malley take all the defensive plaudits with a few notable tackles of his own.

Ireland were to be held no longer, however, as several bruising pick and go phases in the middle of the park got them close enough to exploit space on the outside, with quick hands putting the winger over in the left-hand corner, conversion successful.

Scotland were not to be felled by this, and plenty of phases of strong attack ensued from the kick off. Everything was clicking into place for the Scots except that final stroke of luck to get them over the line, before Ireland found themselves back in possession, sloppy play allowing a boomer of a boot upfield to clear Irish ranks. From there it was all Ireland attack, and despite some colossal defence and jackalling from the Scottish back row, a show and go allowed the Irish scrum half to dart under the sticks for their third score, which was duly converted.

Another triple substitution from the coaching staff saw Stirling flyer Sam Harrison make way for Aberdeen’s Max Stobbs on the wing, hooker Bryce Robertson switch with Strathclyde’s Erik Cavan, and Lewis Govenlock take his chance for Cameron Reece, who had been an ever present with second row colleague Malley.

The triple substitution seemed to galvanise Scotland, who had the lion’s share of the ball, stand-off Stoddart making a beautiful break up field to be hauled down at the half way line. That was overshadowed by an exceptional 35 yard break from Heriot Watt’s scrum half Alex Ball, a sublime sidestep creating the space for a surge past several defenders before being bought down and the offload finding a pair of relieved Irish hands. That one phase summed the day so far up for the Scots, some absolutely exceptional work undone by a quality Irish side.

The final substitutions on the Scottish side came, as Strathclyde’s Ben Eynon replaced his Glasgow city rival Fraser Gosse, and the fearsome Owen Jackson coming on for Billy Dineen in the front row. Eynon contributed well for the first few minutes, before what looked like a nasty injury restricted him, bravely playing on due to the lack of options on the bench.

The Scots again surged forward, pinning Ireland back to their own line, with Josh Laird of Abertay pinning Ireland behind their line before being judged to be just offside.

The penalty clearance led to arguably the moment of the match. James Taylor, the Irish fly half, took the ball from the lineout, a quick break put Scotland on the back foot, and then a cross-field kick was volleyed towards the try line by the winger O’Connor, who beat Warr and Stobbs to dot down.

The commitment and desire, despite the score was ever present throughout the match, Lind again led from the front, and heads remained up and ready for the fight. A disappointing day at the office, but the scoreline was far from a true representation of the match. Some incredible defence was coupled with glimpses of sublime attack, with notable mentions in the backline to Ball, Stoddart and Laird, and in the pack, Lind, Malley and Sweeney all defended hard.

Despite the scoreline, a great weekend was had by all, and players joined each other, encouraged to sit with their opposite man at the post match function. Great spirits in the clubhouse meant the Scots were disappointed to get back on the coach and leave the fantastic hospitality on offer to them, but Scotland called, and 23 players who put rivalries aside for one weekend will go back to their clubs ready to play against each other again. All members of the playing, coaching and management team wish to thank the IURU, Queen’s University Belfast RFC for their exceptional hospitality and a fantastic weekend.

Scottish Students: Martin Cimprich (Queen Margaret University); Nathan Brown (University of Aberdeen), Josh Laird (Abertay University), Fraser Gosse (University of Glasgow), Sam Harrison (University of Stirling); Kerr Stoddart (University of Glasgow), Alex Ball (Heriot-Watt University); Ryan Sweeney (University of Glasgow), Duncan Wither (University of Strathclyde), Rob Lind (University of St Andrews) CAPTAIN; Cameron Reece (University of Glasgow), Graham Malley (University of Glasgow); Billy Dineen (University of Stirling), Erik Cavan (University of Strathclyde), Ross Gordon (University of Glasgow)

Replacements: Owen Jackson (University of Strathclyde), Andy Orr (University of Stirling), Bryce Robertson (University of Stirling), Lewis Govenlock (University of Aberdeen), Michael Keegan (University of Glasgow), Harry Warr (University of Glasgow), Ben Eynon (University of Strathclyde), Max Stobbs (University of Aberdeen)

Story by Andy White, Scottish Student Sport Rugby Intern

All Photographs courtesy of Bryan Robertson

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Tuesday 5th December 2017

Do you ever wonder about how your daily life affects the planet? We do! We’ve taken on the responsibility of making sure the way we work, in HQ and beyond, keeps our beautiful world just the way it is.

Simple changes are really making the difference to our environmental impact and we encourage you to do the same as far as possible!

On Yer Bike!

  • Take your bike to work and reduce carbon emissions

Buy Fairtrade tea and coffee!

  • Fairtrade food production not only provides better working environments for the employees, it also ensures the land is better cared for

Take the stairs!

  • Believe it or not, taking the stairs can actually be better for the environment as you will be using far less electricity than taking the escalator or elevator

Recycle!

  • Disposing of waste appropriately can reduce energy spent in the creation of products and also reduce the waste going to landfill which release methane in to the atmosphere

Of course, there are many more ways to do your bit for the environment but these should give you a few ideas! Contact your institution now to see how they are taking steps to be more sustainable.

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Friday 27th October 2017

Managing the business, our newest member of staff is coming into one of our most crucial roles at SSS, making sure we are running efficiently and hitting our targets. She will oversee our spending (eek!) while assisting in keeping the organisation’s policies and documents spick and span.

Catharine Horn, ‘Totty Horn’ if you prefer, has spent her first week at SSS HQ as our newly appointed Business Manager. Her background in sport ranges from teaching, competing in a variety of disciplines and volunteering in student clubs and on executive committees. She gained a masters in Sports Development from the University of Edinburgh and is our second team-player to come from Heriot-Watt University this year, as she studied her Undergrad there. They know how to build-em at the Watt!

Sports such as Athletics, Rowing and Skiing are but a few of Catharine’s favourite activities. She is a ‘fitness fanatic’ and is up for trying any type of sport thrown her way! When asked ‘where are you from?’, Catharine gave perhaps the best answer to such a question you could hope for:

“Very good question! I was born in Westminster and raised in London for 7 years before moving to Norfolk to live in the country for 4 years. Aged 11 my family and I moved to the French Alps and my parents are still there! So I would say I’m British and a little bit French; I’ll take the good parts from each place please!”

Although she is a new face to many of the current team Catharine is no stranger to SSS, or SUS as it once was, as she regales her time as an Intern with us in 2010. The organisation has certainly changed over seven years and we were keen to find out what she thought of the changes, *holds breath*.

“SSS, or SUS as it was known back then, has grown first and foremost in its size, from a team of 4 to the team of 9 that we are today, with new and clearly defined roles having been created. Each team member is on a clear path set out to enable the organisation to achieve its ambitious strategy, with numerous targets to reach along the way. For a small organisation it truly is impressive in its structure and processes and its strong vision that the whole team truly believe in.”

Phew! That’s a relief. Soon after arriving Catharine asked; “When will my new staff interview/news story be published?”, so Keith caught up with Catharine to get the lowdown.

What first interested you in working at SSS? What was it about the job that took your fancy?
A huge sports fanatic, I always kept an eye out for any openings at SSS and when this role came up I leapt at the opportunity. Being able to combine my love of sport with my professional background in business and accounting was something I couldn’t pass up. I had such a great time at university due to my involvement in sport and it is a pleasure to work with SSS and give others the same opportunity. I am looking forward to supporting the excellent SSS team administratively in a business and finance capacity and driving forward student sport.

You said you went to Heriot-Watt University and also did a Masters at Edinburgh, Tell us more about your time there. Did you partake in any sports while you were a student?
My time at university really was defined by sport. I was an active member of the Heriot Watt Athletics Club, training and competing with the club and serving as Secretary and President in my second and fourth years respectively. We started the now annual ‘Round the Grounds’ 5km trail race, a fantastic event around the beautiful university grounds that runs successfully to this day. I also did a bit of skiing at Heriot Watt, competing in the dry slope and alpine championships. I was on the Sports Union Exec Committee in my second and fourth years also, a role I loved, organising various events and assisting with club transport and booking, alongside having regular cups of tea and chats with the delightful Sports Union team and staff. During my Masters year, I joined the mighty Edinburgh University Boat Club, where I learnt to row on the famous Union Canal. After a somewhat shaky start and a couple of capsizes, undeterred by my height (I don’t think 1m 58 tall rowers are all too common!) I found my water legs and completely fell in love with the sport. The novice girls’ team was fantastic, as was the entire squad, and despite the many cold and early starts and comprehensive schedule of up to 12 training sessions a week, we forged lasting friendships and went on to final at BUCS, win the Edinburgh-Glasgow Boat Race and compete in the prestigious Henley Women’s Regatta. I continued to row upon graduating and in fact took up coxing, more appropriate for someone my size, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

What excites you most about the role as Business Manager, apart from ruling the organisation?
I am looking forward to getting to grips with all things SSS and then tightening up on processes and getting everything in tip top shape – I do love to organise! I really enjoy accounting and finance, analysing figures to understand how best to move forward and achieve our strategy so I’m keen to get stuck into the numbers and the budgets and help make a difference to student sport.

Finally, how have you enjoyed your first couple of days with us so far?
I have loved my first few days here; I’ve been given a hero’s welcome and made to feel a real part of the SSS family from the word go. From fantastic playlists, to energising and interesting conversations and walking meetings with my new team mates, a delicious lunch on my first day and the ever present lively office chat, I honestly couldn’t have picked a better place to work!

We are over the moon with Catharine’s appointment to Business Manager, not only because she has an adorable Wirehaired Visla named Otto… We finally have an office dog! Her enthusiasm, passion and drive will bring something quite special to SSS and we urge you to watch this space.

 

Catharine Horn

Business Manager
+44 (0) 131 650 9653
catharine@scottishstudentsport.com

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Friday 12th May 2017

Doesn’t it make you proud to be Scottish?

We are proud to be part of a wider community helping Scotland increase overall health through playing sport!

We are proud to be part of a wider community helping Scotland increase overall health through playing sport!
 
‘Sport for change’ is defined as ‘using sport and physical activity intentionally to bring about positive benefits for individuals and communities, to address specific needs.’
The Sport for change report highlights the role that sports and physical activities can have in bringing about positive changes for individuals and communities in Scotland,
Have a quick read through the Summary here; http://bit.ly/2r8DNCK
OR
for a little bit of inspiration search the hashtag ’#sportforchange on Twitter.
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Thursday 6th April 2017

Who has been chosen as our April Volunteer of the month?

Chris Gray has been the Scottish Student Rifle Chair throughout the 16/17 and has done an incredible job. This year’s programme has run smoothly offering a great experience to the student shooters from across the country.

Chris has played a key role in developing rifle both at The University of Edinburgh, where he was recognised for his volunteering, and Scottish Student Rifle. Chris has made a huge impact to the development of student rifle including supporting the partnership SSS have with Scottish Target Shooting.

This year Chris has expanded and developed the programme organising an elite coaching session with Donald McIntosh, Head Rifle Coach with GB Shooting and Performance Director for Scotland which was of great value to the students. Chris was also key in organising a meeting with the Lothian Police regarding changes in firearms law as well as coordinating the delivery of a Range Instructor Course to up-skill students.

Chris’s commitment, dedication and professionalism during his reign as the SS Rifle Chair has been nothing short of fantastic.

We are delighted to award Chris April’s volunteer of the month! Congratulations!

If you know of someone who has done been an outstanding volunteer in the Student Sport world please let us know!

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