Thursday 23rd May 2024

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work with some of the country’s top swimmers as a coach with the University of Stirling

An exciting opportunity has emerged to coach one of the country’s top swimming programmes at the University of Stirling.

Assisting the Head Coach and High Performance Swim Coaches, this role will provide coaching and administration support for athletes that are part of the Scottish National Swimming Academy.

This full tine role comes in at Grade 6 (£29-£36k) and is based on campus at the University of Stirling.

Check out the full job description here.

How to Apply

Applications are open through the University of Stirling’s HR portal – available here.

You have until 16th June to get your applications in so get on it!

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Thursday 23rd May 2024

Join the RYA in Scotland as their Pathway Sailing Officer – a temporary summer position that’ll see you work directly with volunteers.

The Royal Yacht Association (RYA) are recruiting for an energetic and confident individual to oversee the delivery of pathway training opportunities for young sailors in Scotland.

This is a temporary role for summer 2024 while recruiting begins for a permanent Pathway Sailing Officer to join the team – applicants will be able to apply for that too.

The role will require you to form natural connections with young people, and have the skills to make sailing fun, engaging and rewarding.

Click here for the full job description, and advert.

How to Apply

Send your CV and a covering letter detailing how you would deliver against the job description to jobs@rya.org.uk and performance@ryascotland.org.uk.

Applications close 5pm Monday 27th May.

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Thursday 23rd May 2024

This is your chance to join Cricket Scotland in a part time role as their new Safeguarding Coordinator. Apply now!

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Cricket Scotland is seeking a Safeguarding Coordinator to help drive change and growth, as we embark on a new four-year strategy.

This is a part time role as the Safeguarding Coordinator for Cricket Scotland. As part of the Development Team, you will provide support to clubs and Development Team staff, as well as several other Cricket Scotland departments.

The role will principally involve processing PVG scheme membership applications, organising the various safeguarding training courses, and being a first point of contact for club Child Wellbeing & Protection Officers, plus staff.

The full job description can be accessed here.

How to Apply

Click here to access the Cricket Scotland recruitment portal. From there you can upload your contact details, CV and covering letter.

Applicants are also encouraged to complete a diversity monitoring form – accessed here.

The closing date is Friday 31st May with interviews planned from Tuesday 4th June

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Friday 17th May 2024

Have your say on the future direction of Scottish Student Sport as we seek views ahead of developing an updated strategy.

Further to recent correspondence across the membership the Executive Council of SSS has elected to undertake a refresh of the organisation’s strategy, so as to best position SSS to meet current challenges and future opportunities.

SSS is facing some funding challenges over the next 12-18 months, driven mainly by an indication from Scottish Funding Council (SFC) that its current grant funding to SSS (@ £100k p/a) will be discontinued after 31st July 2025.

In addition, SSS is facing inevitable rises to its core costs at a time when asking members and individual participants to pay more is expected to be difficult.

Alongside the pressure on resources there is, however, also an opportunity to think differently about SSS and to explore alternative approaches to the future. Perhaps the single biggest opportunity in this regard will come from reviewing our relationship to sportscotland. SSS will be invited in to discuss future funding arrangements around Oct 2024 ahead of sportscotland’s new financial year in April 2025.

It is therefore a very interesting moment to be thinking afresh about our core priorities and asking the right questions about where our focus and responsibilities should rest from 2025 onwards.

With this in mind, all members and partners are asked to contribute to a short strategic review exercise this summer.

Phase one of this is to complete a catch-all survey aimed at gathering a range of views.

All those with an interest are invited to complete the survey which can be found here.

Those completing the survey are asked to:

  • Confer with colleagues if this seems appropriate (although multiple responses per institution are welcome)
  • Refer to existing SSS literature as included in tandem with the survey (see below)
  • Familiarise themselves where possible with SSS’ current funding, structures and output

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The survey will stay open until midnight on Monday 17th June. To see what’s included in the survey before filling it out, click here.

Thereafter, the SSS Executive Committee will oversee further consultation with members and partners which will include:

  • A session to explore interim results and gather view at the SSS Conference on 13th June
  • Consideration of the full survey results at Exec Council meeting on 21st June
  • Dedicated meetings with key groups including College leads, sabbatical students and Directors/ Heads of Sport during July and August
  • A series of partner meetings to be concluded by end August

This will allow for a revised strategy to be issued and tested with members during September and give SSS a clear direction to carry in to sportscotland review meetings in the autumn.

Looking ahead to summer of 2025 some change seems inevitable and so even if we are not yet clear what we transitioning towards it is very likely that some organisational changes will come in time.

Nevertheless, in 2024-25 SSS will likely aim to stay true to our current direction and ambition, funding for which our partners have already committed, and to carefully time any structural change so as to deliver for our members, honour partner commitments and where possible, protect our staff.

If at any stage you wish to discuss the future of SSS, please reach out to COO Stew Fowlie or to Jonny Pearson via chair@scottishstudentsport.com

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Friday 17th May 2024

Scottish Curling are in the second year of an exciting strategy and are now recruiting for a Digital Community Coordinator. Apply now!

Scottish Curling are excited to be recruiting for a new Digital Community Coordinator.

As someone who will spearhead their digital engagement initiatives, you’ll take a central role in crafting our online identity, driving audience participation, and nurturing meaningful connections within the community and beyond.

It’s an exciting time to be a part of Scottish Curling as the governing body enter the second year of their ambitious strategy to change the sport in Scotland. This role is certainly going to play a key part.

The full job description can be accessed here.

How to Apply

Please send the following to recruitment@scottishcurling.co.uk by midnight Sunday 2nd June:

  • CV
  • Covering letter
  • A short video introducing yourself and outlining what you’d bring to your team
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Friday 19th April 2024

Details have been released for the highly-anticipated Scottish Student Sport Conference 2024, powered by Technogym.

Details for the 2024 Scottish Student Sport Conference

The 2024 Scottish Student Sport Conference, powered by Technogym, will take place on 12th-13th June at Stirling Court Hotel.

Always a highlight of the SSS calendar, the conference brings together our community to network, share practice and celebrate the success of student sport. For the first time, we’re inviting SGBs and decision makers from across Scottish sport on Wednesday 12th to put students in the spotlight, and promote closer collaboration.

Wednesday night will see our ever-popular SSS Awards Night with all the information about categories and nominations to come soon!

Thursday’s agenda will feature voices from across the SSS network, including the Sabbatical Officer Group who will be sharing early findings from their cost of living student survey.

Sign up is now open via the links below. One day, two day and awards packages are all available, alongside accommodation options at the Stirling Court Hotel.

University and College Registration

Partners Registration

Additional Organisations – email julia@scottishstudentsport.com

***Sign ups close on Wednesday 29th May so don’t delay!***

Pricing

SSS Members can take advantage of a reduced rate of £70 for a single day ticket, £70 for our awards evening, or for the biggest saving, our multi-day packages: two days for £135 or two days plus awards for £200.

Non-Members can attend a single day for £85, with awards available for an additional £85. Multi-day options allow for a two day conference package of £160, or add the awards evening for a total cost of £245.

Accommodation

The deadline has been extended to book rooms through us at the Stirling Court Hotel! You have until 15th May to book your room with the link available when you sign up through the forms above.

Agenda

We’re delighted to reveal an outline of events for the two days so you can begin planning what to attend! Here’s how the days will look.

Day 1

Time Title Description
09.30-10.30 Arrival & Registration
10.30-10.35 Opening Address Prof Neville Wylie
10.30-10.45 Welcome to Conference Stew Fowlie & Craig Burn
10.45-11.15 Active Campus Coordinator Panel Hear from ACC’s as they reflect on the programme
11.15-12.00 Journey of Young Sporting Leaders Led by Erin Gillian and Sara Naveed
12.00-13.30 Lunch & Activity
13.30-14.00 SSS Workforce Workshop
14.00-15.00 SGB Best Practice breakouts Featuring SGBs from across the sector
15.00-15.15 Coffee Break
15.15-16.00 Initiation Culture Changing perceptions on campus and across sport
16.00-16.45 High Performance Panel Discussion What does high performance look like in institutions?
16.45-17.00 Round Up and Farewell
Post 17.00 Pre-Awards Activities

 

Day 2

Time Title Description
AM Morning Activities
09.30-10.00 Arrival & Registration
10.00-11.00 Fair Access to Sport Prof John McKendrick
11.00-12.30 Member Best Practice Led by a variety of members and topics
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-13.45 Sabbatical Project: Cost of Living A presentation from the 23/24 Sabbatical Officers
13.45-14.00 Discussion Time
14.00-15.00 Breakouts Featuring SSS Partners & Members
15.00-16.00 SSS Strategy Discussion
16.00-16.45 Corporate Social Responsibility Ruth Barnes: Hogan Lovells
16.45-17.00 Round Up and Farewell

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday 9th April 2024

Get the lowdown as we prepare for two huge football finals this week! Heriot Watt play Stirling in the mens, and St. Andrews face Edinburgh in the womens.

One of the biggest weeks in the Scottish Student Sport calendar is here as the nation’s top footballers prepare for our Football Finals.

In the Men’s competition, Heriot Watt University and the University of Stirling face off for a third consecutive year. aiming to lift the historic Queen’s Park Shield in its 103rd year.

We have another repeat of the 2023 final in the Women’s competition where the University of Edinburgh will be hoping to stop the University of St. Andrews making it three wins in a row.

Get the lowdown ahead of both finals below.

Queen’s Park Shield Final: Heriot Watt University vs University of Stirling

  • Wednesday 10th April
  • 14:00 kick off
  • Oriam outdoor pitches, Heriot Watt campus

Both universities will be looking for bragging rights come Wednesday with their two previous finals being split one apiece.

Heriot Watt won the first of those match-ups 2-1 in 2022 while Stirling go into the final as defending champions following their tight 1-0 win last year.

The hosts have enjoyed a fairly smooth ride to the final as they claimed a 3-1 win away to Aberdeen in the quarter final before coming out on top in a thriller at St. Andrews. 5-3 was the score that day.

On the other side of the draw, Stirling cruised past Edinburgh 6-2 but were made to work for a 2-1 win at home to Strathclyde.

#SheCanSheWill Cup Final: University of St. Andrews vs University of Edinburgh

  • Thursday 11th April
  • 15:30 kick off
  • University of St. Andrews pitches

Edinburgh are facing the mighty task this week of playing two huge games in as many days. On Wednesday they take on Nottingham Trent in their first BUCS Premier North play-off. On Thursday, all the attention shifts to Fife as they travel to take on a formidable St. Andrews team.

St. Andrews walked away the victors in the last two finals against Edinburgh and after their performances this season will back themselves to secure the hat trick. The road here proved to be easy going with a 18 goals scored in their quarter and semi final appearances versus Edinburgh 2’s and the University of Glasgow respectively.

Edinburgh have been in fine form themselves – their BUCS playoff evidence of that. The challenge will be to regroup and recover in time to stake a claim for the #SheCanSheWill Cup on Thursday.

How to follow

We’ll have a live stream of the Queens Park Shield Final over on the SSS YouTube channel – coverage starting just before kick off.

Hit up the SSS Instagram and SSF Instagram for updates throughout both games, including as live highlights and score updates.

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Thursday 4th April 2024

West College Scotland’s Active Health Coordinator Savannah Antoine brings students together for three days of activity and inclusion.

A group of staff and students at West College Scotland celebrating International Mother Language Day

The power of sport to connect was on full display at West College Scotland when over 200 students came together to celebrate International Mother Language Day with three days of activity, camaraderie and fun.

International Mother Language Day – which took place on February 21st – is a globally-observed day created to highlight the importance of linguistic diversity in fostering mutual understanding and respect. For West College Scotland, this offered the chance to connect ESOL (English as a Second Language) and sports students across a variety of inclusive activities, led by their Active Campus Coordinator and Wellbeing team.

Over the three day programme, students participated in sports from table tennis to basketball. A buddy system operated between ESOL and sports students to create connections across the participants and create an enriching cultural experience for all involved.

The day was the brainchild of West Scotland College’s Active Campus Coordinator Savannah Antonie. In her short time in the role she has already transformed how sport and activity is accessed by the entire student population.

An image showing Savannah Antoine

Savannah is part of the Active Campus Network, supported by Scottish Student Sport, sportscotland and Colleges Network: an initiative aimed at creating active, healthy environments across the nation’s college campuses.

The energy and excitement across those participating was clear. Natalia Skoromna, a Ukrainian student, commented:

“I wasn’t really sure what to expect but it has been so much better than I thought – I’ve loved it! It has been a really good morning and has really helped my mental health, I already feel much more relaxed. The lecturers have been wonderful – me and my friends would love to be able to do this every week.”

The influence that Savannah has had on campus was shared with her colleagues. Sports Lecturer Alex Beattie highlighted:

“The difference in sport provision since Savannah has started is amazing. Sports halls, which were previously dead space during lunchtimes or break times, are now filled. It’s all students from all sections of the college who are coming and playing. It feels like a college where you’re really playing sport. You see the engagement of the students, it’s been amazing and has made a massive difference.”

International Mother Language Day is just part of a series of initiatives being run across the College to help encourage students to get active on campus. We can’t wait to see sport continue to flourish at West College Scotland!

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Friday 29th March 2024

Scottish Student Sport welcome Ruairidh Campbell as our new Communications Coordinator!

Ruairidh Campbell - new SSS Communications Coordinator

It may be the business end of the SSS competitive season, but we’ve been hot on recruitment and are thrilled to unveil Ruairidh Campbell as our new Communications Coordinator!

We caught up with Ruairidh in his first week as the rugby referee kicks off his time at 48 Pleasance.

What are you most excited about in joining the SSS team?

100% it has to be getting the chance to tell the stories of everyone that helps contribute to Scottish Student Sport. I think everyone involved, whether participating, volunteering or just following, knows of the people and characters without whom sport just wouldn’t be the same.

It’s also going to be lots fun being back on the ground at SSS events. These were always a highlight of the year in my student days so it will be great to capture all the energy and excitement on the day. Lucky for me the SS Athletics Outdoor Championships will be one of my first events.

Take us back to your student sports days. How were you involved?

I spent five fantastic years at the University of Glasgow with most of my time focused on the Athletics Club. When I first joined in 2016, we still had Laura Muir (then fresh from the Rio Olympics) as a member so it was pretty surreal arriving at a flat party to see her there! Over my time with the club I competed at every opportunity on the track and spent a few years on the club committee; ultimately leading to me joining the Scottish Student Athletics Development Group as Vice Chair.

What was your best student sport memory/experience?

My athletics career certainly peaked when I represented Glasgow as Gus (the tiger) in the BUCS Nationals mascot race. By far it was the hardest race of my life (the head especially was a nightmare to keep on) but we had a lot of fun and raised some money for charity too.

Are you still active in sport?Ruairidh Campbell refereeing a rugby match

I still try to compete in athletics on the road and track but these days I’m mostly found on the rugby pitch as a match official. Week to week I referee in the FOSROC Super Series and assistant referee the professional URC and EPCR competitions. I also ref 7s internationally which has led to me travelling to some pretty cool places.

One match I’m yet to tick off though is the BUCS Scottish Conference Final so I may have to change that next year!

What’s your ideal holiday destination?

Italy is definitely a favourite. The food, the scenery, the food again – how could you not love the country? The next holiday plan involves taking a campervan around the Dolomites which I’m very excited for. Saying that, it’s also very hard to beat the Outer Hebrides on one of those rare days the weather is on your side.

Pineapple on pizza: yes or no?

At risk of being turned back at the border on my next visit to Italy I better say no!

To chat about all things SSS media, Ruairidh can be reached at ruairidh@scottishstudentsport.com

Rugby photo ©: Bryan Robertson

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Wednesday 17th January 2024

British Blind Sport (BBS) is hosting a free sports taster event for blind and partially sighted people in Glasgow, in partnership with Scottish Disability Sport.

Try VI-inclusive sports in Glasgow at British Blind Sport’s ‘Have a Go’ Day for blind and partially sighted people!

British Blind Sport (BBS) is hosting a free sports taster event for blind and partially sighted people in Glasgow, in partnership with Scottish Disability Sport. The event will take place on Saturday, January 27th from 10am to 3pm at the Emirates Arena, 1000 London Road, Glasgow G40 3HG. The event will feature a fantastic line-up of sporting activities for blind and partially sighted people of all ages and abilities to participate in alongside their friends and family. Confirmed activities include athletics, judo, tennis, and goalball.

BBS ‘Have a Go’ Days have been held successfully across the country for many years, encouraging blind and partially sighted people to become more active. The event will give blind and partially sighted people in Glasgow and the surrounding area the opportunity to try adapted sports and learn about inclusive opportunities that they can continue to enjoy and participate in after the event in their local area.

Vicky Cook, Participation Officer at British Blind Sport said, “We are delighted to start the new year by hosting a ‘Have a Go’ Day in Glasgow to give blind and partially sighted people a chance to try out different sports and hopefully discover a new passion or hobby. Physical activity plays such an important role in living a happy and healthy life, our ‘Have a Go’ Days ensure that more people will get an opportunity to experience some of the activities available.”

To register to attend, please follow the link to complete the form:

Junior: www.britishblindsport.org.uk/forms/view/juniorglasgowhagd

Adults: www.britishblindsport.org.uk/forms/view/seniorglasgowhagd

For more information, please visit the British Blind Sport website:  www.britishblindsport.org.uk/hagd

Or contact Vicky Cook, Participation Officer on 07983498120 or email vicky@britishblindsport.org.uk

British Blind Sport is always grateful for the help of volunteers at events. Please get in touch to discuss volunteering opportunities.

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