Thursday 16th September 2021

Our first event of the 2021/22 season got underway in St. Andrews! Read the full report from the Stirling International, including photos from the event and full results!

The 2021-22 SSS competitions calendar began on the golf course for the 10th Stirling International 3-day event on 8th September 2021. Golfers from across the country and beyond made their way to The Fairmont, St. Andrews for three days of birdies, bunkers and of course – the unpredictable Scottish weather.

There was no shortage of action or drama across the course of the three-day event, which saw 96 golfers take part, from 19 different institutions across the United Kingdom and Ireland!

In the end, David Kitt (Maynooth University) climbed four places on the final day and came out on top in the men’s event, finishing on -12 one shot ahead of Ben Quick (Exeter University) to claim the title. Lachlan Reynolds (University of Stirling) completed the top three, finishing on -8 across his three rounds.

Nicola Slater (University of Stirling) won the women’s competition finishing on -7 and getting the better of her Stirling teammates Lorna McClymont (-5), Rachel Foster and Louise Duncan (both -4).

As it happened…

Day one of the competition started and finished with clear skies, beautiful sunshine, and all-round good vibes.

University of Edinburgh student Molly Lodge and Julie Westvik (University of St. Andrews) got the Stirling International underway at 7:30am. In fine conditions for golf, there was some excellent scoring on day one with nine out of nineteen golfers shooting under par. Rachel Foster and recently crowned Women’s Amateur Champion Louise Duncan, set the standard with scores of 4 under par.

The men’s competition got underway later that morning and they continued where the women left off with some more low-scoring golf. On his home turf – University of St. Andrews student – Adam Charlton shot a potential course-record breaking score of 63 to take a lead of 9 under par going into day two. At this point, the eventual winner David Kitt,  carefully watching and waiting back in 11th position on 1 under par. From bright sunshine and idyllic sunrises, fast forward 24 hours and the scenery was very different.

The early morning haar from the North Sea came and quite frankly never left. There was still plenty of golf played, despite the challenging conditions, but after several stops and starts throughout the day, the eventual decision was made to postpone play for the remainder of day two.

That meant we were in for an action-packed final day – with a number of players coming out on Friday to finish their second round. Unfortunately, the haar returned on Friday morning and forced another delayed start, which consequently led to the Women’s third-round being cancelled due to a lack of available playing time. Therefore the women’s competition was decided over the first two rounds scores meaning Nicola Slater (University of Stirling) was crowned champion after shooting a fantastic second-round score of 69 – winning the competition by two shots.

 

In the men’s event, the students managed to squeeze in a third-round on Friday which proved dramatic – with the entire podium personnel changing by the end of the final day

The lead constantly chopped and changed hands over the front nine holes, but with four holes to play Ben Quick had a two-shot lead over David Kitt in second. Many would assume that the lead would be too much to claw back but the Maynooth University student had other ideas – Kitt birdied the 15th and 17th to draw the two students level going onto the final hole at -11. Quick parred the 18th to finish with an excellent score of 66, but Kitt went one better picking up another birdie (his 9th of the day) to finish on 64 and win the tournament by a single shot!

Kitt’s performance helped Maynooth University claim the team event title with both their teams finishing the tournament on -15. The University of Stirling 1’s picked up the third-place prize finishing on -8.

In the women’s team event, there was no surprise that Stirling came out on top after the dominant display in the singles event from Nicola Slater, Lorna McClymont, Rachel Foster and Louise Duncan.

A special thanks to all the referees, volunteers, the Fairmont, R&A and BUCS for all their support throughout the event. As with all events, none of it would be possible without all the help from the staff and volunteers on the ground.

Up next in the golfing calendar we are heading to Alyth Golf Club for the Scottish Student Sport Autumn Trophy – if you haven’t already you can sign up here!

📸Check out our full photo album from the event on our SSS Facebook Page!

🏆Check out full scorecards, results and final standings here!

📝 What did you think of the event? Let us know what we did well and what could be improved for next time! Completed the feedback survey here!

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Monday 13th September 2021

After discussions with SSS, women’s student football clubs have voted to rename the SSS Women’s Football Cup to grow the profile of the game and celebrate recent achievements! Read more about the competition here.

With women’s football continuing to be one of the highest growth areas in sport across Scotland, SSS are at the forefront of ensuring that the progress being seen in the women’s game nationwide is equally extended into the student game. In order to support the growth and participation of women’s football in Universities & Colleges across Scotland, the SSS Football Development Group launched a campaign to rename the previously named SSS Women’s Cup.

After the contending titles were put to SSS’ member football clubs, the competition has now been rebranded as the #SheCanSheWill Cup.

The University of Edinburgh celebrating winning the Women’s Cup in 2019.

#SheCanSheWill is a campaign spearheaded by SSS in partnership with the Scottish Government and sportscotland. The campaign aims to empower and celebrate Scotland’s females in all sports and provide equal access to sporting opportunities for women and girls of all ages. It aims to encourage females to become active leaders, officials, coaches, and participants in their sport alongside SSS’ national partners and Scottish Governing Bodies.

Speaking to Scottish Student Sport, our current Scottish Student (SS) Football Chair, Patrick Barnett, praised the rebrand of the competition. He said:

“Even though football, generally, is one of the most popular sports in the SSS programme, growth and participation in the women’s game is a key area of work for the SS Football Development Group to focus on in the upcoming years.

“We want to ensure that all female students have the opportunity to take part in the sport and that they are actively encouraged to become involved in their institution’s football club. The rebranding of the women’s football cup as the #SheCanSheWill Cup is indicative of our goal in developing the women’s game and helping the sport develop throughout Scotland. By encouraging as many female students to get out onto the pitch as possible, I think we can achieve that.”

Commenting on the first rebranding of the competition Eilidh Paterson, SSS’ Equality & Culture lead, commented:

“I am delighted to hear that #SheCanSheWill has been selected as the new name for famous competition. The #SheCanSheWill campaign aims to inspire and encourage more of Scotland’s women and girls to get active and I am delighted to hear of the work of SS Football very much aligns with its wider goals. Best of luck to all of the teams taking part!”

Georgia Moran, Women’s Equality Lead and Women in Sport Working Group Chair at SSS, added:

“The work SSS and its volunteers are doing to increase gender equality in the Student Sport Sector is monumental and this is just another step in the right direction. I want women and young girls from all over to identify with the #SheCanSheWill campaign and believe that they have what it takes to get involved in sport and physical activity at any capacity.”

The #SheCanSheWill Cup will take place throughout the student academic year, culminating in the final which will take place at the Oriam, Scotland’s National Sports Performance Centre.

The SS Football Development Group are currently recruiting a Vice-Chair (Womens Football). The deadline is Friday 17th September at 12 pm – find out more about the role HERE.

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Friday 10th September 2021

The SSS Leadership programme is a fantastic way for future leaders to learn more about themselves and their leadership style and the 2021/22 cohort is now open for applications.

SSS is excited to announce the return of the Leadership Programme, open to students at any SSS member institution. This programme is designed to develop leadership skills while also offering opportunities to reflect on experiences and undertake personal development.

The programme is delivered by SSS staff with support from the student sport community across Scotland. Additionally the first session will be a workshop delivered by Guy Richardson from Eiger Performance. Following a career in the British Army, Guy has held numerous leadership roles including with the Scottish Rugby Union and the British and Irish Lions. This workshop will set the scene for the year ahead and allow our leaders to network and socialise with each other.

Starting w/c 25th October, weekly sessions will be held over Zoom. These ‘Mastermind Sessions’ give student leaders the opportunity to explore leadership and employability-related themes and to review any tasks set during the previous week. Mastermind Sessions typically run for 45 minutes over two five-week blocks as follows:

 Block 1

  1. What is leadership? (w/c 25/10)
  2. Leadership styles
  3. Collaborative working
  4. Productivity
  5. Resilience

Block 2

  1. Sport & employability (w/c 24/01)
  2. Working with purpose
  3. Leading cultural change
  4. CV and Cover Letter workshop
  5. Motivation and growth mindset

We are looking to recruit motivated, ambitious and hardworking individuals who are determined to make a positive impact within sport at their institution. The programme is a good fit for students with aspirations to undertake and/or develop a key voluntary role at their institution, or within community clubs.

Students should be involved in student sport as a participant or volunteer however, there is no requirement for them to be studying a sports-related course. SSS Leaders should be committed to developing their leadership skills.

Previous graduates of the programme have moved on to part-time or full time elected sport roles and professional roles within sports organisations.

SSS are looking to recruit 20 – 25 Leaders from member institutions across the country. If you are aware of a student who may be a good fit for the programme, please e-mail the programme lead – Neil Rankin (neil@scottishstudentsport.com) – with the following information:

  • Student name
  • Contact e-mail address
  • Brief statement of recommendation (max. 100 words)

Students interested in participating should contact, and apply via, their sports/students union.

SSS will then directly contact successful students with further information. The student must be able to attend the induction day on Friday 15th October.

Please note the deadline for applications is Friday 24th September 2021.

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Wednesday 8th September 2021

Glasgow University Men’s Football Club (GUMFC) are seeking applicants for a number of roles on their newly formed GUMFC WoSFL Committee.

In 2020, GUMFC successfully applied to the West of Scotland Football League, currently competing in Conference A, and as such, are looking to form a committee that would support the already formed student club committee with the operational requirements of running a WoSFL team. The club has also successfully obtained SFA Licencing to Entry Level for the past 7 years, competes in the Senior Scottish Cup and plays their home games at The Penny Cars (Excelsior) Stadium in Airdrie.

Whilst not set in stone and will involve a degree of flexibility, the roles will have remits of business development, football development and marketing and communications alongside general match day support, so experience in these area’s is preferred but not essential. The club already has a student committee in place that consists of roles including Captain, Treasurer, Secretary and Welfare amongst others and has the support of a Director of Football, Club President and staff support from University of Glasgow Sport.

These positions would be ideal for anyone who is wishing to further their experience, knowledge and understanding as part of a progressive and inclusive Football Club structure, that has access to UEFA approved facilities.

Essential Criteria:

Availability to attend majority of monthly committee meetings and match days.

Desirable Criteria

Prior experience of Football Club Committee’s

Business Development Experience, Football Development Experience, Marketing and Communications Experience

Match Day operations experience

Schedule:

Monthly meetings (either in person at Garscube Sports Complex or via Zoom)

Most Saturday afternoons between July-May

Contact: philipstorrier@hotmail.com, donniefergusson@aol.com, Jamie.taylor@glasgow.ac.uk

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Thursday 2nd September 2021

We are looking to recruit a new Vice Chair for the Scottish Student Boxing programme.

#ScotStuBoxing

Role Title: Scottish Student Boxing Vice Chair

Responsible to: Head of Competitions

Where (Location): Various within Scotland

Time commitment: Variable, 10-15 hours per month, with one full weekend tournament

Role duration: Minimum on year until 30th June 2022

Scottish Student Sport (SSS), the organisation for student sport in Scotland, is seeking an energetic and committed individual to act as one of the lead volunteers within Scottish Student Boxing.

The Vice Chair will enjoy an excellent opportunity to contribute towards growing the sport and building a relationship with Boxing Scotland.

The selected individual will be a key figure in the drive towards improving and strengthening student boxing in Scotland.

The Vice Chair will work with the Chair and SSS staff to coordinate event delivery, manage a budget, participate in strategic planning, communicate with student participants, support event volunteers and improve both SGB engagement & club development.

Main tasks

Help oversee programme

  • Assist in coordination of meetings for all student Boxing Club captains at the start and end of the year to share plans and hear feedback – and take notes
  • Promote student boxing competitions and opportunities to clubs on social media channels

Assist in development of student boxing

  • Help Chair and SSS Staff develop and manage Boxing Sport Development Plan
  • Develop Student Boxing calendar, in conjunction with Chair, Competitions Coordinator and Boxing Scotland
  • Other tasks as identified by Boxing Development Plan

Help Plan and Deliver Programme

  • Support clubs in staging regional sparring days
  • Support the development of a SS Boxing Championships
  • Ensure SSS has all results and participant data

Required skills, qualities, and experience:

  • Proactive, can do attitude
  • Experience in event management
  • Experience of student boxingin Scotland
  • Knowledge of boxing landscape in Scotland
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a range of stakeholders

Training and support available:

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

Recruitment process:

The full role description can be downloaded HERE.

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Wednesday 1st September 2021

We are delighted to have signed a new partnership with New Balance Teamsports! Stayed tuned for new stash coming your way soon. Watch this space…

Friday 27th August 2021

We are taking our digital game to the next level! We are delighted to have partnered with Playwaze for the upcoming 2021/22 season. Here is all you need to know about the new system!

Scottish Student Sport (SSS) is excited to announce a new partnership with the sports technology platform Playwaze to host our sporting and physical activity programme from the 2021-2022 season onwards. This move will help streamline our competition entry system to align with BUCS (via BUCSPlay) as well as other Scottish Governing Body partners such as Scottish Handball Association and Scottish Rowing.

Why use Playwaze?

The aim is to make finding fixtures, results and signing up for events as easy as possible for students and our members! With SSS setting up a hub within the Playwaze system, students will be able to access their entry and participation records for all of their activities, through the one Playwaze account. This is the first time the Scottish student network will have the opportunity to use an app for monitoring their SSS involvement – allowing students/staff to engage from anywhere be it at home, the pitch, or the team bus.

Parents, coaches, and other supporters will also be able to access the SSS Playwaze community for full event and match details, as well as results, so they can be part of the action too.

How does it work?

The new activity system will keep the same features as SSS’ previous platform, allowing students to pay directly online or via their Sports Union. Student leaders will also have the opportunity to take charge of matchday logistics around their teams/clubs’ involvement, developing stronger levels of responsibility and communication within the student sector. Once fully implemented, the system will also enable students to track their results year on year – providing a map of their student sport journey and building memories for a lifetime.

When does it start?

The new SSS Playwaze system will be launching in September, and with the opportunity for brand new ‘Active Health’ challenges fun ways to get involved, it’s an app to get excited for.

Stay tuned across our social media channels for the official launch and get ready for a new and improved year of Scottish student sporting activity!

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Wednesday 25th August 2021

SSS has launched it’s first ever forum specifically for those coaching in student sport. With a focus on Clean Sport and Coaching Young People the first session was a big success and you can read more about it here.

With ‘Learning & People’ being one of the key areas of development work for SSS as we move forward from the pandemic, the SSS Coaching Network has been launched to support the development of coaches at all stages of their coaching journey.

Student sport in Scotland is home to a huge number of coaches, whether that’s coaching intramural, recreational teams or elite performers on Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth pathways. Without this network of coaches student sport wouldn’t deliver the breadth or quality of opportunity that it does.

This introductory session brought together coaches from across the SSS membership. 11 different sports were represented on the call, demonstrating the diversity of experience available within the group. One of the key aims of the group is to allow coaches to learn different approaches, coaching methods and skills – having coaches from multiple sports has already proved beneficial to participants!

This opening session included a presentation on Clean Sport from Sarah Gandon, Player Development Manager at Netball Players Association and Netball Coach at the University of Glasgow. It was a vital reminder that coaches at any level hold some responsibility for educating athletes and ensuring they know what they are putting in their bodies.

We also gained insight on coaching young people from Andy Goldie, Academy Director at Dundee United. Andy talked us through the ‘Messy Middle’ in young players development journey, and we learned about the culture within one of Scotlands top youth academies. Andy praised the value of volunteering across a variety of sports and how that supported his own development.

There will be numerous sessions throughout the year as we look to provide support for all coaches within the Scottish Student Sport community. The next session on October 19th will look at Concussion and Mental Health. We’ll also offer the opportunity to participate in a mentoring programme for more experienced coaches to share insight and best practices with their less experienced counterparts.

If you would like to join the Coaching Network you can join our Basecamp group and get involved in the conversation by clicking HERE.

Miss the webinar? Re-watch all the action here! 💻 👇

 

 

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Tuesday 24th August 2021

Becky Adlington’s Swim Stars are looking for an enthusiastic Level 2 Swim Teacher to join their team. Full details here!

The Role 

Becky Adlington’s SwimStars are evolving our present team and we want YOU!

Do you want a profession in Swim teaching? Yes, we believe our podium is right for your development and evolution in our rapid-paced and growing programme.

We are on a quest for an Enthusiastic Level 2 swimming teacher to join our team for our group lessons in various venues across Scotland, with the prospect of obtaining additional hours working as a private lesson teacher.

Becky Adlington’s SwimStars is an exciting learn to swim programme written by Becky Adlington, Britain’s most successful swimmer, with Alan Rapley and Linda Freeman, two of the most experienced and respected experts in teaching children to swim.

The programme is delivered at venues across the UK either directly by BASS (UK) Ltd or our carefully selected private swim school partners, at high quality swimming pool venues.

We aim to provide the best and most enjoyable way for children to learn how to swim, focused on values such as excellence, determination, respect and friendship.

Becky’s vision is to have no child leave primary school unable to swim 25 metres. Becky Adlington’s SwimStars are constantly looking for an Enthusiastic Level 2 Swimming Teacher to join our fast-expanding programmes. We have dynamic delivery teams and we are renowned for our professional approach and expertise.

Benefits

  •  A low teaching ratio while working in out of school hours
  •  A rapid, exciting and encouraging working conditions
  •  Teaching Uniform supplied
  • Additional training to enable you to teach children how to swim ‘The Becky Way’ with our sister company Becky Adlington Training

Person Specifications

  • Level 2 UKCC/SSTQ/STA/ASA qualified swimming instructor
  • A teacher who is passionate about swimming, keen to learn and develop
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with both children and adults
  • Confident individual & a team player
  • Motivated to make a difference in swimming
  • Hold a valid NRASTC/NPLQ is desired but not essential (willing to complete the qualification is essential)

Locations

  • Bannatyne Health Club – Perth: St Catherines Retail Park, PH1 5RG
    – Monday afternoons & Saturday Mornings
    – Thursday afternoons – is currently also under consideration
  • Bannatyne Health Club – Ayr: 1 Highfield Drive, Ayr, KA8 9SH
    – Wednesday, Thursday & Friday afternoons
  •  Bannatyne Health Club –Dunfermline: FIFE LEISURE PARK, KY118EX
    – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday afternoons

So, how do we apply?

If you are wanting more information or would like to apply please email your CV and cover letter to caroline.keith@thesportinghouse.co.uk

And when should we apply by?
30/09/2021

Salary: £13 – £20 per hour (between 3 and 20 hours available per week)

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Tuesday 24th August 2021

Becky Adlington’s Swim Stars have a fantastic new opportunity on the go! They are looking for the next generation of future swimming coaches! Find out more and apply here.

The Role

Led by Four Time Olympic Medallist Becky Adlington, we’re celebrating the Tokyo Olympics this month by offering an amazing opportunity for funded learning worth £1,600!

Becky Adlington’s SwimStars are evolving our present team and we want YOU!

Do you want a profession in Swim teaching? Yes, we believe our podium is right for your development and evolution in our rapid-paced and growing programme.

We are in quest of an Enthusiastic people to become the next Level 2 swimming teacher to join our team for our group lessons in various venues across Scotland, with the prospect of obtaining additional hours working as a private lesson teacher.
Becky Adlington’s SwimStars is an exciting learn to swim programme written by Becky Adlington, Britain’s most successful swimmer, with Alan Rapley and Linda Freeman, two of the most experienced and respected experts in teaching children to swim.

For anyone interested in teaching the next generation a life-saving skill – and gaining some new qualifications along the way!
We are offering a 75% funded course to become a qualified Swimming Teacher in partnership with the National Governing Body, Swim England. As well as the below qualifications, this offer also includes a transition onto one of our programmes as a Swimming Teacher once qualified.

  • Swim England Level 1 Swimming Assistant
  • Swim England Level 2 Swimming Teacher
  • National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers & Coaches

Locations

  • Bannatyne Health Club – Perth
  • Bannatyne Health Club – Ayr
  • Bannatyne Health Club – Dumfries
  • Bannatyne Health Club – Dunfermline
  • Bannatyne Health Club – Carlisle
  • Bannatyne Health Club – Stepps

Download the full job description here!

So, how do we apply?

If you are wanting more information or would like to apply please email your CV and cover letter to caroline.keith@thesportinghouse.co.uk

And when should we apply by?
30/09/2021

Salary: £13 – £20 per hour

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