Thursday 8th June 2023

Scottish Student Sport is thrilled to announce the successful launch of the College Active Campus Network, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at promoting health and well-being among students in higher education delivered in partnership with sportscotland and Colleges Scotland.

Scottish Student Sport is thrilled to announce the successful launch of the College Active Campus Network, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at promoting health and well-being among students in higher education delivered in partnership with sportscotland and Colleges Scotland.

Funded by sportscotland, the £1.45m investment will strengthen the existing network of sport and physical activity staff already working within the college sector through the appointment of new Active Campus Coordinators.

Active Campus Coordinators will work to increase participation opportunities for students, with the first expected to be in post for the start of the academic year in August. It is anticipated that up to 18 Active Campus Coordinators will initially be appointed in colleges across the country. There is an aspiration that Active Campus Coordinators will be appointed in every Scottish college.

Central to the daily work of Active Campus Coordinators will be the creation of participation opportunities that improve the physical and mental wellbeing of students and staff. The innovative project will also further enhance the approach colleges take to creating high quality, effective work-based placements for sports students, helping equip them for potential future employment opportunities.

Details of the planned investment were confirmed at Scottish Student Sport’s 2023 Conference by Chief Executive of sportscotland Forbes Dunlop.

Read the full release from sportscotland by clicking here.

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Thursday 4th May 2023

Scottish Student Sport (SSS) and Scottish Fencing are excited to re-announce their partnership aimed at promoting and developing fencing among student athletes in Scotland.

Scottish Student Sport (SSS) and Scottish Fencing are excited to re-announce their partnership aimed at promoting and developing fencing among student athletes in Scotland. The renewed partnership will see the two organisations working closely by means of the SS Fencing Development Group to identify key priorities, challenges and opportunities for the sport and its stakeholders.

 

The partnership will focus on supporting the development of SS Fencing in areas such as officiating, with efforts to support the training, certification and retention of officials. This will improve the standards and consistency of officiating, while also encouraging more people to get involved in officiating, especially from underrepresented groups.

 

Additionally, the partnership will aim to raise the profile of student fencing through various strategies, such as promoting the achievements and stories of student fencers, showcasing the diversity and inclusivity of the sport, sharing across social media, and other relevant platforms.

 

Furthermore, the partnership will continue to support the development of student fencing while exploring new possibilities to ensure the best experience for student fencers. This will involve scoping more opportunities for student fencers to participate, enhancing the quality of training and coaching, and explore new formats and structures for fencing competitions, which can enhance the engagement of participants.

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Wednesday 3rd May 2023

The Scottish Highland Games are a celebration of Scottish culture, heritage and athleticism, Students can get involved throughout the summer!

The Scottish Highland Games are a celebration of Scottish culture, heritage and athleticism. The games feature a variety of traditional Scottish sports such as caber toss, hammer throw, tug of war, and many more. The games are a showcase of strength, speed, and endurance, and are held in various locations throughout the country.

The Royal Scottish Highland Games Association (RSHGA) has been encouraging more female athletes to participate in the games. This drive has seen an increase in female athletes taking part in events such as running and cycling. The RSHGA has also introduced a new heavyweight championship for female athletes, giving them the opportunity to showcase their strength and skill in the games.

As a Scottish student, getting involved in the Highland Games is a great way to experience the traditions and culture of Scotland. The games are a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, make friends, and compete in a fun and challenging environment.

If you are interested in taking part in the Highland Games, the RSHGA has made it easy to get involved. Simply follow the attached link or image below to find out how you can become a part of the games. The RSHGA has created a welcoming and inclusive environment for athletes of all levels, so whether you are a seasoned athlete or a beginner, there is a place for you at the games.

Find out how to get involved by clicking here.

 

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Thursday 27th April 2023

Over 220 athletes from 15 universities and colleges descended on Grangemouth Sports Stadium on 22nd April to compete in the pinnacle of the Scottish Student Athletics season – the Outdoor Championships.

Over 220 athletes from 15 universities and colleges descended on Grangemouth Sports Stadium on 22nd April to compete in the pinnacle of the Scottish Student Athletics season – the Outdoor Championships. Despite the strong winds the students gave it their all, determined to win points for their club in the John Innes Memorial team competition.

We saw a blistering Men’s 5000m where the previous student record for that event was broken not once – but twice! Peter Bradshaw (University of Edinburgh) pipped his team mate Finlay Ross-Davie to 1st place in 14:54.64 but both broke the 5-year record.

Women’s discus also saw a record-breaking performance as Kiera Maxwell (University of Glasgow) hit 44.03m – over a metre further than the record set last year in the same event.

The Outdoor Championships also included Seated Throw para-adaptive events for the first time, with University of Stirling’s Adam Donnachie furthering his PB in the discus and maintaining his top UK ranking in shot putt too.

University of Glasgow stormed to victory in the John Innes Memorial Trophy, bagging the most number of team points in the team event. Full results can be found on our website and check out our photo album here. Well done to all athletes and thank you to the officials who made it all possible.

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Thursday 27th April 2023

Read all about the Scottish Student Sport College National Finals!

On April 26th, nearly 200 students from 5 colleges across Scotland gathered at Oriam to compete in the Scottish Student Sport College National Finals. The competition was fierce, but City of Glasgow College emerged victorious, winning the overall College Cup for the second year in a row. Fife College came in as runners-up.

The Sandy King Salver, a trophy awarded to individuals who display excellent sportsmanship and fair play, was jointly awarded to Kacie Fyvie and Hannah Byers from Edinburgh College. They stepped in to represent their college in badminton at the last minute when other players pulled out.

UHI’s Inverness College Men’s football team made an 8-hour round-trip to be a part of the event. The competition also championed the Football v Homophobia campaign, with football captains wearing armbands in support.

The success of the event would not have been possible without the help of the Heriot Watt Volleyball and Basketball Clubs, as well as all the officials and staff who contributed their time and effort to make it happen. Congratulations to all the participants for their hard work and dedication to student sports in Scotland.

All results can be found online here (thank you to Decathlon for providing vouchers for our MVP winners).

Check out the full photo album on Facebook and our highlights video below!

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Tuesday 25th April 2023

It’s Awards Season again!! We are now accepting nominations for the 2022/23 SSS Awards! Read on for more information on the different award categories, the nomination process and where the winners will be crowned.

We are delighted to announce that the SSS 2022/23 Awards are officially open!

The Awards 

We are accepting individual nominations in the following five categories:

  • Female Athlete of the Year- Aimed at high-performance female student-athletes, whether or not they compete for their college or university. This will be awarded to a female individual for outstanding sporting achievement at the highest level during the 2022-23 season (April 2022 – April 2023) while making a tangible contribution to the institution.
  • Male Athlete of the Year- Aimed at high-performance male student-athletes, whether or not they compete for their college or university. This will be awarded to a male individual for outstanding sporting achievement at the highest level during the 2022-23 season (April 2022- April 2023) while making a tangible contribution to the institution.
  • Volunteer of the Year- Aimed at students and non-students who volunteer at a local level. This is not aimed at volunteers primarily in a SSS role (please see Dr Rob MacPherson Award); coaches (see Coach of the Year); paid staff going the extra mile (see Honorary President’s Medal). This will be awarded to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to student sport at a local level during the 2022-23 year. The contribution may be in many forms such as exceptional active or administrative services to a club, college, or university; as a faithful club servant, committee member, leader; official; or purely down to their love of sport. Volunteers purely in a coaching capacity should be nominated for the Coach of the Year award.
  • Coach of the Year- Aimed at those who coach student sport/student-athletes at any level of performance. They may be either volunteer coaches or paid coaches. Not aimed at professional coaches based in Higher Education for whom student-athletes are not the main focus. This award will be given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to student sport by coaching during the 2022-23 season. Good quality coaching; innovative ideas; dedication to the sport; and a drive to continually improve their own skills are features of an outstanding coach.
  • Honorary President’s Medal- Aimed at any individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to/lasting impact on student sport at a local, regional or national level. Nominees should be regarded as wonderful examples/ advocates of student sport and their behaviour should resonate with the above SSS values.

We are accepting group nominations in the following two categories:

  • Club of the Year- Aimed at the all-round best performing Club, on and off the field of play. Not aimed at clubs that have had a successful competition year only. This will be awarded to a club that can demonstrate impact in the 2022-23 season. Increasing memberships, upping participation, innovative projects, developing volunteers, promoting the role of officials; fundraising, community links and involvement in institutional activity are just certain elements that would demonstrate excellence.
  • Team of the Year- Aimed at the most successful, high-performing student teams in the country, whether within SSS/BUCS competition or further afield. Not aimed at a team that performs to the fullest of its potential in the lower levels of competition e.g. a third team that has a 100% season is still unlikely to win this award. This will be awarded to a team for outstanding sporting achievement at the highest level during the 2022-23 season (April 2022-April 2023). This can include international performances.
  • The final award is the Dr Rob MacPherson Award. This award differs slightly from the rest of our awards – there are no nominations, instead, the winner is selected by the SSS staff team as opposed to the Executive Committee. The award is aimed at any individual who has made an outstanding contribution to volunteering with Scottish Student Sport.

The Details

  • Nominations for each category should be a maximum of 250 words, in bullet point format listing out key achievements.
  • Institutions can nominate in as many categories as they wish, but may only put forward one entry per category.
  • Past winners can receive the same award again.
  • Only member institutions can nominate. All member institutions have been sent login details to the online portal where nominations should be submitted.
  • Nominations close on FRIDAY 5th MAY at 18:00 and the Executive Council will then decide on the winners.
  • Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on Wednesday 7th June, as part of the SSS Conference.
  • Please contact Totty with any queries.
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Tuesday 18th April 2023

Relive the intense competition that took place during the Men and Women’s Scottish Student football finals held on April 12, 2023.

Relive the excitement of the Scottish Student Sport Football Finals held on April 12, 2023, where the top teams from institutions across Scotland battled it out for the Queens Park Shield and SheCanSheWill Cup’s respectively.     

In the Men’s Queens Park Shield final, Heriot-Watt University faced off against the University of Stirling in a close match that kept spectators on the edge of their seats until the very end, with a late goal from Stirling sealing the 1-0 win.

Meanwhile, in the Women’s SheCanSheWill Cup final, the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh went head-to-head in an equally intense showdown, with the St Andrews side winning 4-1.

Both matches showcased the best of student football and were a testament to the hard work and dedication of the players and their coaches. Catch the highlights of these exciting games in the video from  Youth Football Scotland, coming soon!

📸 For more photos from the event, check out our Men’s photo album by Andrew Leinster HERE and the Women’s photo album HERE

As always we’d like to extend a massive thank you to the volunteers and officials that made the day a roaring success, and to Oriam for providing such an excellent venue.

           

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Saturday 11th March 2023

The BUCS Scottish Conference Finals 2023 took the town of St Andrews by storm on Wednesday the 8th of March. Student Athletes from across Scotland arrived ready to represent their institutions.

The BUCS Scottish Conference Finals 2023 took the town of St Andrews by storm on Wednesday 8th March. Student athletes from across Scotland arrived ready to represent their institution in fierce competition for either a Cup or Trophy on the day. The standard of play was high and there was fantastic support from friends and fellow students on the sidelines.

Read all about it!

The Conference Finals featured a range of sports, including football, basketball, netball, tennis, table-tennis, volleyball, badminton and hockey. Unfortunately, inclement weather meant that the lacrosse and rugby fixtures will have to be rescheduled.

The day started off with the ICG Women’s Hockey Trophy, where Glasgow Caledonian University 1s faced off against the formidable University of St Andrews 3s. The game was intense, with both teams playing their hearts out but in the end, a dominant GCU took the victory with a 7-1 win over their opponents.

The ICG Women’s Hockey Cup was an Edinburgh derby and equally as tense a game, but a strong performance from the University of Edinburgh 4s lead to a 3-0 win over Heriot-Watt University.

In the highly anticipated Men’s Hockey Trophy students from Robert Gordon University 1s faced off against the home favourites, St Andrews 3s. The Saints put up a good showing but at the end of the day RGU turned the tables in their favour, defeating the home squad 4 – 1.

It was a different story in the Men’s Hockey Trophy, however, with the lads from Edinburgh Napier storming out the blocks. The pace was relentless and didn’t once let up, with the Aberdeen team showing good sportsmanship and grace in defeat. Napier took home the silverware with a 9-1 win.

In Badminton, the University of Edinburgh started well against their Heriot-Watt opponents with a blistering showcase of hand-eye coordination and timing, but it was not to be; Heriot-Watt University won the day, going 9-3 overall.

The University of Strathclyde 3s took on the University of St Andrews in the arena for the EY Netball Trophy.  It was a strong performance from the St Andrews team with good home support, but they couldn’t quite overcome the Strathclyde side, who took home the trophy.

A close match followed in the EY Women’s Netball Cup, with the University of Edinburgh 3s taking the University of Glasgow 2s right to the wire. The team from the West won the day with the final scoreline being Glasgow 40-36 Edinburgh.

Thank you to Sirens for providing match ticket vouchers as prizes for the MVPs of both Netball Finals!

In the Women’s Tennis Cup athletes from the University of Dundee 1s took to the indoor court against the University of Strathclyde 2s. The athletes from both sides played well, but it wasn’t to be for the team in maroon, with Dundee defeating them 5-1 after a valiant show from the Strathclyde students.

The Teach First Women’s Tennis Trophy followed the fast four format and took place on the outdoor pitches. Heriot-Wat University 1s battle sun and snow to win. HWU 6 – 0 Aberdeen.

Tennis Scotland Representative, Jack Ganley, was present to deliver both of the Women’s trophies to the successful teams. Thank you to Jack for giving up his time!

The Teach First Men’s Tennis Cup was incredibly close, with a momentous display of stamina taking place on the courts. The cup eventually went to a shootout, with the University of Stirling defeating the University of St Andrews 4 – 3.

The Teach First Men’s Tennis Trophy was equally close with a massive series of matches eventually ending in a shootout. Both universities were well represented by their athletes but eventually, Glasgow Caledonian’s 1s defeated the University of Stirling’s 7s 2 sets – 1 to take home the trophy.

Heading back into the arena we had the Table Tennis Cup. Tight matches and immense displays of hand eye coordination were in full view as the University of Glasgow battled it out with Heriot-Watt University. In the end it was a dominant display from the team from the cultural capital, ending with Glasgow 14 – 2 Heriot-Watt.

Basketball was another exciting sporting display at the conference finals. In the Women’s Cup final Queen Margaret University faced off against the Granite City’s Robert Gordon University. The game was close, with both teams trading baskets throughout. In the end, it was RGU who took the victory after a valiant fight from QMU.

In the Men’s Basketball Cup Final the University of Stirling faced off against the University of Edinburgh. The crowd cheered both teams on, reaching fever pitch after a late comeback from the University of Edinburgh, but it wasn’t enough as the boys in green took victory!

The Aldi Men’s Football Trophy took place on the outdoor pitches, offering up a whole host of challenges as the players not only battled each other but also contended with snow storms and blinding sunlight. In the end the Univerity of Stirling 4s defeated Heriot-Watt to take home the trophy.

The weather was no better in the Aldi Men’s Football Cup, as a last-minute venue change saw the home side St Andrews take on Edinburgh Napier. After an electric match with a fantastic crowd Napier toppled the Saints 3-0.

In the Aldi Women’s Football Cup the Univeristy of Aberdeen 1s took on home side St Andrews 2s, with a brilliant support turnout spurring both teams on! After an even match the Saints girls just edged it, defeating Aberdeen to take home the cup.

Heading back into the sports hall for the Women’s Volleyball cup, we saw the University of Edinburgh take on the University of Strathclyde. It was relentless from the start from Edinburgh, comfortably beating their opponents 3 – 0.

In the Men’s Volleyball that followed spectators got a brilliant show, with nail-biting sets that went right to the wire. Heriot-Watt University battled it out with Edinburgh Napier University, finishing HWU 3 – 1 Edinburgh Napier.

The BUCS Scottish Conference Finals 2023 was a fantastic day and it couldn’t have been completed without the tireless effort of the officials, venue staff, and volunteers who gave up their time to make it happen. We were also delighted to work with our BUCS partners in the build-up to the event.

Find all of the photos here on our Facebook page!

Check out the highlights video here!

Results: Please click HERE for the results and MVPs of the matches played at St Andrews on 8th March

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Thursday 23rd February 2023

In the spirit of LGBTQ+ history month, Scottish Student Sport are giving voice to our amazing LGBT+ athletes. We had the honour of speaking to Hollie Fullerton, who was Glasgow University Sport Associations’ first non-binary club captain and now the current Scottish Student Sport Trampoline Chair.

In the spirit of LGBTQ+ history month, Scottish Student Sport are giving voice to our amazing LGBT+ athletes. We had the honour of speaking to Hollie Fullerton, who was Glasgow University Sport Associations’ first non-binary club captain and now the current Scottish Student Sport Trampoline Chair. Hollie shared their thoughts on why they think everyone should get involved in sport and how sports clubs can continue to work on being inclusive for all. Find out everything they had to say below:

 

How did you get into trampolining?

I went to recreational trampolining my whole childhood as my mum was a trampoline coach, but I wasn’t that interested in doing it competitively. I stopped around puberty age and then I got back into it at university. It was a bit of a hop skip and a “bounce” but it all started with recreational and that’s why I think I’m still able to enjoy it now as I didn’t have a competitive upbringing with the sport.

 

How has your first year as trampoline chair been?

We’ve just one league event left and then I’m done my first year. It’s been a really good year; we just had the Scottish Student Trampoline Open (SSTO) which was the first time it’s been back since 2020.

 

 Students from all over Britain attended the SSTO, did the event go well and can you explain how inclusivity was applied?

Everything went really well. It’s our first year that we introduced a disability category so that’s been our big step. We started introducing it in our first league back in October and we continued it for the SSTO for our first open disability category. We’re so thrilled that people signed up for it and wanted to get involved. It’s really such a great and accessible sport.

 

Could you explain what being non-binary means to you?

I came out as non-binary a few years ago. I don’t identify with male or female I’m just me. Gender is a big spectrum and there’s lots of different places that people can find themselves on that, but as a non-binary person, I don’t feel a link to gender, I use gender-neutral language, my pronouns are they/them.

 

What did it mean to you to be Glasgow University Sports Association’s (GUSA) first non-binary club captain?

My coming out tied into all as a sort of weird things happening. I was social secretary my first year, then second year I was club secretary. I was an ally so thought I’d put my pronouns in my email, and it just looked wrong. It clicked in my head that I would rather not be called she/her and that I preferred general neutral pronouns. I had known I was queer for a long time and was out openly, I just never realized that I had these feelings about gender as well. My next year going into it as captain one of our older members of the committee said I think you’re our first openly nonbinary captain. We got in touch with Glasgow University Sports Association (GUSA) and they confirmed I was.

 

Were you worried about any of your trampoline teammates’ response to you coming out?

We have our executive committee, so it was myself, our captain and treasurer and we’re really close. They were some of the first people I came out to, and they were so great and kind about it. That’s the nice thing about sport, these institutions are such a safe space. We’ve all done our diversity training and we have to be supportive.

 

Why would you encourage other LGBTQ+ members and students as a whole to get involved in student sport?

I know an unfortunate statistic is that people who identify as queer struggle with mental health. But we also know sport improves your mental health as well as your physical fitness. You’re getting to socialise every week on a regular basis so I think it’s great for anyone, but I think since queer people might be more likely to struggle, it’s even more important they get involved. The socialisation you get from a sports team is absolutely invaluable.

 

Do you have any advice for someone who may be nervous about joining a student sports club?

I think if someone is nervous to join, knowing there are measures in place to ensure your well-being is such a comfort. Also, a lot of friendships come from being on a team as it kind of forces you to socialise. It gives you something to talk about.

 

I’m aware some Universities have gendered clubs, for example a men’s hockey team and a female hockey team. Do you have any thoughts about the gendering of student sport clubs when it’s being played at a recreational level?

I think when its recreational it’s important to ask does it really have to be gendered, and does it really make a difference. I appreciate at a certain level bodies can make an impact on sport. But at recreational level, which is what we’re performing at university and college generally, then why not make it for everyone. I do get somewhere like the University of Glasgow the hockey teams are huge so they have to be split in some way, but I think were there can be mixed recreational teams there absolutely should be especially in non-contact sports.

 

 

 What steps would you like to see being taken next to ensure student sport clubs continue to work on being inclusive for all?

I think measuring up whether being inclusive outweighs a marginal difference in competitive level. For example, this year at trampoline we had trans people competing and I think especially at lower level it didn’t make any difference. We allowed people to compete in whatever category they felt most comfortable in. At trampoline our levels are split into level of difficulty and it’s the same expectation for everyone. If sport clubs have to be split then why not split it based on difficulty level instead if it means more people can get involved. I know it’s very sport specific I just want more people to be included.

 

 

Is there anything else Scottish Student Sport could do to promote inclusivity?

This year trampolining focused on disability, but we also have to make sure we’re inclusive in other areas. For example, British gymnastics recently changed their rules, so we were able to implement gender neutral kit and allowing people to wear religious headwear in competition. So, for the first time we had people competing in hijabs and it’s so nice to have all these different areas fully included. It’s important to question why we have the rules we have and looking at long-standing practices that might be discriminatory. Being open minded and flexible is the main thing.

 

If you have any questions or thoughts, why not get in touch with our Inclusion & Culture Coordinator:

Phone: +44 (0) 7572 682978
Email: eilidh@scottishstudentsport.com

 

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Tuesday 21st February 2023

The Scottish Student Volleyball Cup Final took place on Sunday the 12th of February, at the University of Dundee.

The Scottish Student Volleyball Cup Final took place on Sunday the 12th February, at the University of Dundee.

Four different Universities competing including University of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt University, University of Stirling, and University of St Andrews. These teams made it through to the Finals after battling it out the previous weekend in the First Rounds of the event.

Throughout the competition both the Men’s and Women’s teams showed of their impressive range of skills as they battled it out for the championship title. It was a full-day affair, with matches starting at 0945 and last match at 1515

An impressive push from the Heriot Watt’s Women’s team (top of the BUCS 2nd Division this season) helped them to defeat St. Andrews in the semi-finals – the team currently leading the BUCS 1st Division.

Making it in to the Men’s final were Stirling (who had just come off an impressive win against Heriot Watt) and the University of Edinburgh.

We caught up with the University of Stirling’s coach, who was impressed by his men’s team’s resilience to come back and win the game but admitted that Edinburgh would be tough opponents in the final.

In the end it was a successful day for the University of Edinburgh with both their Men’s and Women’s team bringing home the trophy.

After three exciting rounds, Edinburgh’s Men’s team secured the cup with a score of 25-15 in the last round.

When asked about how they felt competing against Stirling in the final, members of the Men’s Edinburgh team said:

“We didn’t want to underestimate them as they just came from a really well-deserved win. We just wanted to be consistent and get a lot of good spikes in and it eventually got us the win.”

The Women’s Final consisted of Edinburgh against Heriot Watt. Following their Men’s team victory, Edinburgh’s Women’s team pulled of another 3-round domination with the scores being 25-15, 25-17, 25-20).

 

A massive congratulations to everyone involved in the day. A special thank you to the officials, volunteers, and students for making the event a huge success!

Results: Please click HERE for our finalists of the 22-23 SSS Volleyball Cups!

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