Monday 29th June 2020

The CHANGES: Train the Trainer programme is designed to up-skill staff in the network to deliver awareness workshops to clubs in an attempt to tackle the challenge of initiation and hazing activity within student sport. Read more about the partnership, and the work done so far.

As of August 2019, the SSS and CHANGES partnership, led by Professor Moira Lafferty (University of Chester) and her colleague Dr. Caroline Wakefield (Liverpool Hope University), continue to work towards a joint aim of making student sport safe and inclusive for all. Together we are continuing to work towards the commitments set out in the partnership agreement alongside the CHANGES trainers, Development Committee, and Equality Steering Group.

So far the partnership has hosted two Train the Trainer programmes which has led to the upskilling of 17 student sports staff across five regions of Scotland. In February this year, SSS invited the trainers to a CHANGES networking and planning workshop to discuss the journey so far and future steps. Amongst other things, the trainers made it clear a third train the trainer programme was required to reach the target of training all student sports clubs in Scotland.

Train the Trainer Course

The third Train the Trainer will take place on Friday 23rd October in Edinburgh. The deadline for signing up is Monday 19th October at 12:00. Professor Lafferty’s research highlights the advantages of having external staff deliver the CHANGES workshops to student clubs. The overall aim is to be in a position where we have developed a large enough workforce so that institutions are able to support one another to train up all our 614 clubs in the network.

Please note that we are mindful of the challenges Covid-19 may bring with delivering this course. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep up to date with public health guidelines so that we can take all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of those involved.

📲Sign up here for the next CHANGES: Train the Trainer course.

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.

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 sports 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 current list of available trainers can found below and will be updated after the October Training.

Tayside, Fife, and Grampian Regional Trainers;

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

Ellen Morrissey, Robert Gordon University – e.morrissey@rgu.ac.uk

Claire Scott, University of St. Andrews – cls25@st-andrews.ac.uk

South East Regional Trainers;

Fraser Reynolds, Edinburgh Napier University – f.reynolds@napier.ac.uk

Craig Bodel, University of Stirling – craig.bodel@stir.ac.uk

Amy Beattie, University of Stirling – amy.beattie1@stir.ac.uk

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

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

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

West Regional Trainers;

Iain Christie, the University of the West of Scotland – iain.christie@uws.ac.uk

Seona McKenzie, University of Strathclyde – seona.mckenzie@strath.ac.uk

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

Scottish Student Sport Staff;

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

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

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

Neil Rankin, Scottish Student Sport – neil@scottishstudentsport.com

 

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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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Friday 29th May 2020

SSS are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Intermediate Level of the Equality Standard in Sport. Read the full story about what the award is and how we achieved it!

SSS recently received the very positive news that we have been awarded the Intermediate Level of the Equality Standard in Sport.

This achievement represents three years of excellent work within the organisation and significant leaps across student sport in terms of participation, projects, and partnerships.

The Equality Standard is supported by sportscotland – via Plan4Sport – as part of its expert resource help to governing bodies and other partners. By working through the standard, funded organisations are encouraged to own and deliver an Equality Action Plan that can demonstrably improve their impact on people in protected groups.

For SSS this has produced a number of highlights including:

  • Our well-developed work with partners at Scottish Disability Sport
  • An active contribution to the SAMH Charter for Physical Activity & Sport
  • A lead delivery role within the rejuvenated Healthy Body, Healthy Mind programme
  • The collection, collation and analysis of better equality data
  • A series of impactful campaigns and projects including Rainbow Laces, CHANGES, and She Can She Will
  • Embedding value-based decision making across SSS – adopting an INCLUSIVE approach in all we do

Reaching the Intermediate award milestone represents another 2021 strategy target achieved, and so it is fitting to pause and celebrate the network-wide commitment that this represents.

SSS would like to thank all who have contributed to the work thus far, both across our membership and within the many partner organisations who have supported us along the way. A special thanks to Barbara Lawson and all of our Equality Steering Group members for giving additional volunteer time to help guide the work. We couldn’t have managed it without you.

Having reached this level SSS is now amongst the most developed sports bodies in the country. This important work will now continue towards the top-level (Advanced) over the coming years, in our bid to make student sport a place where everyone is able and welcome to play.

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Wednesday 15th April 2020

SSS are delighted to announce the appointment of the three new SSS Sports Chairs! Find out more about your new Football, Basketball and Netball Chairs here!

SSS are delighted to announce the appointment of our three new Sports Chairs.

Eamonn Laird, current Club Development Officer at the University of Dundee will take charge of all things Scottish Student Basketball. Emma Cartmill, Sports Union Administrator at Heriot-Watt University has been appointed SSS Netball Chair, with Sports Management student, Molly Hyde, taking up the role of SSS Football Chair.

Welcome Eamonn!

Following a move back to Scotland after a stint at the University of Leeds, Eamonn will be taking on the role of Scottish Student Basketball Chair where he will be the one of the key voices in the development of the student game. In the coming months, Eamonn will be working closely with SSS staff and Basketball Scotland to establish a development group to support the growth of the sport across the student network.

Welcome Emma!

Only a year removed from being a student and competing with the SS Netball National Squad in 2019, Emma brings first-hand knowledge to the role of Scottish Student Netball Chair. In this role, Emma will be working closely with SSS staff and Netball Scotland in leading the work of the Netball Development group to support the growth of student Netball. Emma is keen to build strong communication between the clubs and SSS.

Welcome Molly!

After a tremendous start as the Scottish Student Football Women’s National Squad Team Manager, Molly has been appointed as the new Scottish Student Football Chair for the upcoming two seasons. In addition to supporting the women’s national squad, Molly will be chairing the Football Development committee and leading the development of the overall Football programme. When asked about her appointment, Molly stated:

“I’m extremely excited and proud to be selected as the new Chair for Scottish Student Football. I look forward to working with all of the stakeholders to help drive some positive changes. Student sport is instrumental in the student experience as it helps maintains good mental health while studying, an area I am extremely passionate about. It has also been fantastic to see the growth of student women’s football, and hope that I can support it grow further.”

If you would like to contact our new volunteers to discuss the development of their specific sport, please use the contact details listed below:

SSS Basketball Chair – Eamonn Laird

SSS Football Chair – Molly Hyde

SSS Netball Chair – Emma Cartmill

 

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Thursday 30th January 2020

Scottish Student Sport, along with partners ASH Scotland, NUS Scotland and SAMH, are delighted to launch Healthy Body Healthy Mind 2020. Read more about the new look criteria and award!

Scottish Student Sport, along with partners ASH Scotland, NUS Scotland and SAMH, are delighted to launch Healthy Body Healthy Mind 2020.

Healthy Body Healthy Mind supports colleges and universities in improving student and staff well-being and inspires positive changes on campus. In receiving an Award, institutions demonstrate how they are encouraging sport and physical activity, a smoke-free culture and good mental health.

We believe that young people should be able to arrive into learning environments that support physical and mental well-being. We aim to help create a health promoting culture across campus with the emphasis on positive action and preventing ill-health. This is central to the institution’s duty of care towards all students and staff and supports wider goals such as improving attainment and student retention.

Following an external review of the award last year, we have made some positive changes to the criteria and submission process that we hope will be welcomed and provide an environment to achieve more together. Through offering more support to institutions, as well as ongoing feedback on evidence submissions, the partners are committed to supporting the institutions achieve their goals.

What to expect;
  • Dedicated support from the SSS Project Officer.
  • Initial meeting with SSS staff to establish baseline data and set project goals
  • Access to ASH Scotland staff to support your plans for positively impacting the aim of a Tobacco Free generation by 2034 as well as access to ASH Scotland online training.
  • Support through SAMH as part of Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport, to explore and build your ideas on how to ensure mental health is being addressed through your activities. This will give you access to online training and resources.
How to Sign Up

It couldn’t be easier to sign up to Healthy Body Healthy Mind! Just complete the online form to confirm your interest and then we will be in touch with you on how to take your next steps.

🔗 Complete the online form NOW!

In the meantime, should you have any queries then please do not hesitate to get in touch with SSS Project Officer, Sarah Gandon via sarah@scottishstudentsport.com or on 07779 117120.

Documentation

Here you can find the all important docs and files for this years Healthy Body Healthy Mind.

📝 Healthy Body Healthy Mind Criteria 

📝 HBHM Additional Information 

📝 Mental Health Additional Information

📝 Physical Activity and Sport Additional Information 

📝 Smoking Prevention Additional Information 

📝 HBHM Process Map 2020

 

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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 Foxlake 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
  • Foxlake
  • 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 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.

 

Healthy Body Healthy Mind 2020

Scottish Student Sport, along with partners ASH Scotland, NUS Scotland and SAMH, are delighted to launch Healthy Body Healthy Mind 2020.

Healthy Body Healthy Mind supports colleges and universities in improving student and staff well-being and inspires positive changes on campus. In receiving an Award, institutions demonstrate how they are encouraging sport and physical activity, a smoke-free culture and good mental health.

We believe that young people should be able to arrive into learning environments that support physical and mental well-being. We aim to help create a health promoting culture across campus with the emphasis on positive action and preventing ill-health. This is central to the institution’s duty of care towards all students and staff and supports wider goals such as improving attainment and student retention.

Following an external review of the award last year, we have made some positive changes to the criteria and submission process that we hope will be welcomed and provide an environment to achieve more together. Through offering more support to institutions, as well as ongoing feedback on evidence submissions, the partners are committed to supporting the institutions achieve their goals.

What to expect;
  • Dedicated support from the SSS Project Officer.
  • Initial meeting with SSS staff to establish baseline data and set project goals
  • Access to ASH Scotland staff to support your plans for positively impacting the aim of a Tobacco Free generation by 2034 as well as access to ASH Scotland online training.
  • Support through SAMH as part of Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport, to explore and build your ideas on how to ensure mental health is being addressed through your activities. This will give you access to online training and resources.
How to Sign Up

It couldn’t be easier to sign up to Healthy Body Healthy Mind! Just complete the online form to confirm your interest and then we will be in touch with you on how to take your next steps.

🔗 Complete the online form NOW!

In the meantime, should you have any queries then please do not hesitate to get in touch with SSS Project Officer, Sarah Gandon via sarah@scottishstudentsport.com or on 07779 117120.

Documentation

Here you can find the all important docs and files for this years Healthy Body Healthy Mind.

📝 Healthy Body Healthy Mind Criteria 

📝 HBHM Additional Information 

📝 Mental Health Additional Information

📝 Physical Activity and Sport Additional Information 

📝 Smoking Prevention Additional Information 

📝 HBHM Process Map 2020

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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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