Wednesday 15th February 2023

Glasgow’s Emirates Arena buzzed with anticipation and activity as students from far and wide across the country took part in the Scottish Student Athletics Indoor Championships.

A record-breaking weekend!

 

Glasgow’s Emirates Arena buzzed with anticipation and activity as students from far and wide across the country took part in the Scottish Student Athletics Indoor Championships.

Scottish Students Indoors 2023 Copyright Bobby Gavin

We were delighted to see students filling the bleachers, cheering on their friends and fellow competitors in a thrilling display of athletic achievement across track and field.  The Indoor Championships is one of the premier student athletics events, and the turnout this year was simply fantastic.

Now, on to the good stuff! Let’s break down some of the top moments from the day. In the middle of it all was the 60m, with University of Glasgow’s Ethan Pottie the only men’s athlete to break 7 seconds – in both the preliminary rounds and the final!

It was a similar story in the 400m, with Scott Hannaway (University of Abertay) breaking 50 seconds, the only athlete to do so.

 

That’s not all for the Men! Rory Muir (Guest athlete) helped the University of Strathclyde’s Calum Young’s drive for the gold Student medal in the Men’s 3000m with both athletes achieving PB’s for their efforts. The competition was particularly fierce, with the top 4 athletes in this race getting PBs!

Scottish Students Indoors 2023 Copyright Bobby Gavin

Record-breaking performances appeared across the board for the Women, starting off in the Field with the Shot Put. The University of Glasgow’s Amy Kennedy broke the student record, throwing a respectable 13.73m, a total of 0.44 more than the previous record holder.

The Women’s 4x200m 2018 relay record was broken not once, but twice in a superbly exciting straight final. Athletes from University of Glasgow A broke the record with their second place 1:44:01, but University of Strathclyde A calimed the new 4x200m record by managing a blistering 1:40:81! Congratulations to Rachel Callan, Kelsey Stewart, Emma Barclay and Erin Campbell.

Hailing from the granite city, Stefanie Tucker (University of Aberdeen) had a belter of a day! Stefanie broke the Women’s 3000m record by nearly ten seconds, taking the crown from Emily Kearney (record set in 2015) – the new record (and personal best for Tucker) now stands at 9:43:76. Stefanie also got to lift some silverware as she was awarded the Ian Tatton Trophy for the Best Overall Performance for this run.

Last, but not least the Women’s 200m record was smashed by UHI’s Lois Gardland, taking Rebecca Matheson’s 2020 record with a time of 24.36. This was a new PB for her too!

 

The scores on the doors 

Full results from the event can be found HERE – an amazing 122 PBs were set at the event overall!

The Ian Cosgrove Trophy awarded to the Best Overall Institution went to University of Glasgow. The full breakdown of points can be found HERE.

Scottish Students Indoors 2023
Copyright Bobby Gavin

 

 

Thanks and Photos

Thank you to all the Officials and volunteers for making it happen, without your tireless support we couldn’t bring such fantastic competition to students, your time and effort are greatly appreciated. We’d also like to extend to huge thank you to the students, who turned up with the energy and excitement to create an amazing competition environment.

Link to photos from Bobby Gavin

Check out the highlights video here!

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See you all at the Outdoor Championships on 22nd April!

 

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Thursday 9th February 2023

The Scottish Student Games were held over the 4th and 5th of February, bringing together student athletes from colleges and universities across Scotland, and beyond, for a thrilling showcase of skill and athleticism.

The Scottish Student Games were held over the 4th and 5th of February, bringing together student athletes from colleges and universities across Scotland, and beyond, for a thrilling showcase of skill and athleticism.

This year’s games featured a diverse range of sports, including trampoline, judo, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, swimming, and fencing, offering something for fans of every discipline and students of all abilities.

 

Trampoline

The trampoline open was incredible, with students from twenty four institutions and guest entries from across the UK and Ireland showing off their aerial skills.

The judges were impressed by the high level of difficulty and execution displayed by the competitors, with many athletes showcasing blistering displays and breaking personal bests in the individual, syncro, DMT and two-trick categories.

For the first time ever this event featured a Disability Category, in partnership with All Stars Disability sports club, further driving home the SSS ethos of inclusivity for all.

The full results round-up can be found here and photos here.

 

Judo

The Judo Championships took place on Saturday, bringing together eighteen institutions (as well as a few guests) in the biggest Judo Championships in Scottish Student Sport history!

The competition was intense, with athletes battling it out for medals in their respective weight classes.

Many students return to Strathclyde the next day to learn from Paralympian, Samuel Ingram, at the Training Day. The students got a lot from it and the sense of community within the sport is clearly developing year on year.

You can see the full results here and the event photos here. Thank you to Fergus and Tracey Pirie for capturing the Championships!

 

Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair Basketball Open was another standout event, with eighteen athletes coming together and showcasing their skills and athleticism.

The competition was incredibly competitive, with teams battling it out for the title of SSS Champion. In the end, it was Team Four: Becky Gordon (Heriot-Watt University), Jennifer-Rose Tennant (Heriot-Watt University) Conor Smart (University of Edinburgh) who emerged victorious, taking home the gold medals with a hard-fought victory over their opponents.

See the results and the photographs.

 

Aquatics

Aquatics was also a major focus of the weekend, with athletes heading west to partake in the Swimming Championships. The competition was incredibly close, with athletes from five institutions taking to the pool. The best overall institution (most points) was won by the University of St Andrews, with swimmers from the seaside town dominating in the pool with their incredible speed and endurance.

See the results here and the event photographs by Craig Fellowes here.

 

Fencing

Fencing was another stellar event, with fencers from all over Scotland battling it out in the biggest SSS Beginners since 2017. The competition was intense, with athletes showing off their mastery of the sport and their quick reflexes and precision in foil, epee, and sabre categories. We were excited to welcome ten institutions, as well as guests, into the Open for two days of fantastic competition.

See the results here and photos by Adele Cook here.

Table Tennis

Continuing our record-breaking trend, this year’s Table Tennis Championships were also the largest in SSS history. Students from across Scotland and beyond took to the table in a number of epic bouts, with both individual and doubles competition. The final matches were particularly nail-biting, with lightning-fast reflexes and comebacks galore. Congratulations to Andrea Arcari (University of Glasgow) who was awarded Player of the Tournament!

Full results can be found here and photos found here.

The SS Games were a thrilling showcase of the best talent from colleges and universities across Scotland. From the incredible aerial skills of the trampoline gymnasts to the technical mastery of the judo athletes, there was something for everyone to enjoy. The event was a testament to the dedication and hard work of the athletes who participated, and of course, the tireless hours put in by the volunteers that made it happen.

Scottish Student Sport would like to extend a massive thank you to the Officials, Sports Development Groups, Venues and Volunteers on the day for making the sport a roaring success.

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Thursday 26th January 2023

In October 2022, we launched the 2022/23 Leadership Programme, which this year consists of eight nominated enthusiastic students. Read on to learn how they’ve been getting on!

In October 2022, we launched the 2022/23 Leadership Programme, which this year consists of eight nominated enthusiastic students. This programme is designed to advance their skills in the masterclass sessions and put them to the test during their volunteering hours at some of our SSS Events. This year’s cohort have developed learning in areas such as growth mindset, collaborative working and productivity as well as motivation, from both members of the SSS Staff Team but also industry experts from our network including Guy Richardson from Eiger Performance and Ross Simpson, Assistant Director and Head of Sport, The University of Edinburgh.

This January we have just launched for the second semester, meeting in person to discuss high-performance behaviours ahead of the new term and reflect on the success and learnings from semester one. This semester the team head out to some of our SSS Events to solidify their personal development and put some of their newly developed knowledge to practice. SSS Leadership Programme offers individuals an opportunity to develop their skills and has helped some of our graduated Leaders reach positions such as Institution Sports Presidents, Ronan Welch current Strathclyde University Sabbatical Officer was part of the 2021/22 Leadership Course and here is his advice for those who wish to do the programme.

“Taking part in the SSS Leadership Program last year was very useful in developing me as a leader, and the skills I learned throughout the program I now use daily in my role as Sports President at Strathclyde. Particularly Guy Richardsons sessions at the start and end of the program – make the most of those sessions in challenging, and being challenged on your leadership style, the self-reflection you do here will be invaluable! With the weekly mastermind calls, make sure you put the effort in and speak up in them – you’ll get out what you put in. Finally, enjoy it – you’re in a group of highly motivated people who come from a range of institutions, sports, and backgrounds – use this opportunity to network, listen, and learn as much as you can from each other and you’ll come out of the year massively better off for it!”

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Wednesday 25th January 2023

Highlands and Islands Student Association works to bring students together through sport. The University of Highlands and Islands has multiple sports clubs including outdoor swimming, golf, mountain biking, mountaineering, Snowsports and wind and wave club.

Highlands and Islands Student Association works to bring students together through sport. The University of Highlands and Islands has multiple sports clubs including outdoor swimming, golf, mountain biking, mountaineering, Snowsports and wind and wave club.

 

All the clubs are open for everyone no matter your ability, with the outdoor swimming club specifically encouraging beginner swimmers to come join in on the fun. Learn more here.

 

High Life Highland have also paired up with University of Highlands and Islands, granting all UHI students a 30% discount at all High Life Highland Leisure centres.

 

If there are any questions, you can email Will at Amanda.Fleet@uhi.ac.uk

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Wednesday 25th January 2023

City of Glasgow College offer recreational and competitive sports for its students, with the main focus being on running, football, futsal, basketball, badminton and volleyball.

City of Glasgow College offer recreational and competitive sports for its students, with the main focus being on running, football, futsal, basketball, badminton and volleyball.

If you are interested in joining a sports club you can show up on the scheduled days, no prebooking necessary!  Volleyball and basketball have sessions every Tuesday, while running and badminton are held on Thursday. You can learn all about the other sport club timetables here: https://www.citysa.co.uk/get-involved/sports-societies/societies/

City of Glasgow college is affiliated by government bodies Scottish Student Sport and British Universities and Colleges Sport, which means that all sports clubs are free. Anyone of any ability is encouraged to join.

Contact details below:

andrew.kirk@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk

0141 375 5322

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Wednesday 25th January 2023

Fife College Students Association is the student union for those studying at `Fife college. FSCA has five exciting sports clubs, as well as sport taking place on ‘wellbeing Wednesdays’ across campus.

Fife College Students Association is the student union for those studying at `Fife college. FSCA has five exciting sports clubs, as well as sport taking place on ‘wellbeing Wednesdays’ across campus, which include:

 

– FCSA Basketballing Unicorns

– FCSA Male FC

– FCSA Female FC

– FCSA SmashIn2Badminton Club

– FCSA Volleyballers

 

As FSCA sport is affiliated with Scottish Student Sport, students can compete for local and national competitions. If a student plays a sport not offered by the college, they can still compete on behalf of Fife College. Just get in touch with  kirstenmullen@fife.ac.uk, and she’ll get you started.

 

For any other queries, you can contact FSCA at info@fife.ac.uk or 03442480115

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Wednesday 25th January 2023

Students at Strathclyde are encouraged to get involved with the Strathclyde Sports Union which offers a range of 50 sports. Each club is student-led and has the student interest at heart!

Students at the University of Strathclyde are encouraged to get involved with the Strathclyde Sports Union which offers a range of 50 sports. Each club is student-led and has the student interest at heart!

Strathclyde Sports Union has something for everyone no matter your skill level and you can find out all about them here: https://www.strathunion.com/sports-union/club-sport/directory/

To make things even easier Strathclyde Sports Union have recently released an app which allows you to book and manage fitness classes and activity spaces, make Sports Union club bookings, view timetables and facility information and utilise their full Active Health offering. The app can be found on the app store and google play store under “Strath Sport”

To contact Strathclyde Sports Union email ussa.sportsuser@strath.ac.uk or phone 014 574 5400

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Wednesday 25th January 2023

Are you a student at the University of Aberdeen? There are loads of sports clubs for you get join this semester!

Are you a student at the University of Aberdeen? There are loads of sports clubs for you get join this semester!

AUSA Student Union is for students at University of Aberdeen looking to make friends and get active. They have a total of 55 different sport activities to get involved with and you can find out all about them here https://www.ausa.org.uk/getinvolved/activities/newmembers/ There you can find out specific clubs schedule times and contact details.

 

Once you’ve found a sport that interests you, email societies@abdn.ac.uk and someone will let you know how to get started. Don’t be scared about trying something new, no prior experience is required to join any club!

 

To get in touch with AUSA Student Union email ausa@abdn.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1224 27965

 

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Wednesday 25th January 2023

For students at the University of Edinburgh the Edinburgh University Sports Union has lots to get involved with.

For students at the University of Edinburgh the Edinburgh University Sports Union has lots to get involved with.

To find out more you can check out their events calendar using this link: https://www.eusu.ed.ac.uk/events_calendar/

 

There are also a whopping 67 sport clubs on offer:

 

  • American football
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Canoe
  • Cheerleading & Dance
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Cricket
  • Curling
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Football Men & Women’s
  • Futsal
  • Gaelic Football
  • Gliding
  • Golf
  • Gymnastic
  • Handball
  • Hare & Hounds Running
  • Hillwalking
  • Hockey Men & Women’s
  • Ice Hockey
  • Intramural Sport
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Kendo
  • Kickboxing
  • Korfball
  • Lacrosse Men & Women’s
  • Motorsport
  • Orienteering
  • Parkour
  • Polo
  • Rifle
  • Roller Hockey
  • Rounders
  • Rowing
  • Rugby club Men & Women’s
  • Sailing
  • Shinty
  • Skydiving
  • Snowsports
  • Sports Union
  • Squash
  • Scuba Diving
  • Swimming & Water Polo
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Touch Rugby
  • Trampolining
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Underwater Hockey
  • Volleyball
  • Waterboard & Water skiing
  • Weightlifting
  • Windsurfing & Surfing

 

You can get in touch with Edinburgh University Sports Union with the contacts below:

 

Sport Clubs:  sports.union@ed.ac.uk

Performance Sport: performance.sport@ed.ac.uk

Sport & Exercise facilities: sportscentre@ed.ac.uk

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Wednesday 25th January 2023

As North East Scotland College (NESCOL) returns to its second semester, there are many opportunities to get active in the sports world across its three campuses. 

As North East Scotland College (NESCOL) returns to its second semester, there are many opportunities to get active in the sports world across its three campuses.

Before you enquire, it must be noted that the NESCOL website still states that there are Covid-19 restrictions in place regarding the use of fitness suites across their campuses. So, before making any decisions about joining activities or using the facilities, it is best to contact them to receive information about their restrictions. Contact details will be left at the bottom of this article.

The Aberdeen City campus is home to a Fitness Suite and Games Hall. There you can take part in various sports activities including Aerobics, Badminton, Basketball, Martial Arts, Volleyball and Yoga.

The Fraserburgh Campus also house a Fitness Suite and Games Hall which hosts sports activities with the Altens campus also having a Fitness Suite.

The use of NESCOL’s Fitness Suites and Games Halls is free for all students, meaning that there is no sign-up needed to attend the various sports activities on offer.

For any further enquiries, you can contact The Club Gym & Spa in the following ways:

Email: enquiry@nescol.ac.uk

Telephone: 0300 330 5550

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