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.



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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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.

Wednesday 29th March 2023

The 2022/23 academic year has been great for Scottish Student Sport, seeing the continued success of students representing their institutions at both recreational and competitive levels.

This year has seen our development team continue to promote worthy causes and work with other organisations to continue to improve student sport. With that being said, here is a brief outline of some of our work during this period.


Membership Audits


Our recently completed Membership Audit has revealed some interesting data. We have seen a record of 41,250 members which makes a 14% increase in the number of members over the last five years. 50% identify as female while 46% identify as male. This makes this the third year where the majority of our members have been female-identifying. Our members are also spread across 586 clubs representing 91 different sports. This record-breaking year has shown the enthusiasm within student sport and we hope to see these impressive members expand further in the future.


Football vs. Homophobia Month of Action


2023 alone has already seen massive strides towards the acceptance of LGBTQI+ people in football, including the public coming out of Czech Republic international Jakub Jankto and Scotland’s Zander Murray. However, the fight against homophobia in football is still as relevant as ever. Scottish Student Sport has worked with partner organisation Leap Sports to help raise awareness towards issues still faced in the sport, as well as to bring more inclusivity into the beautiful game. Football vs. Homophobia has also been championed by four institutions, those being: University of Edinburgh Women’s FC, Abertay University FC, Heriot-Watt University FC and Edinburgh Napier FC. If you want to learn more, we featured Carolina Sousa e Sá, Leap Sports’ Lead Project Officer, on our official podcast. In Episode 25 of the podcast, we discussed LGBT+ people in sports, the issues that are still faced and how we can continue to improve inclusivity across the sport.


Active Health Forum


The Scottish Student Sport network believes in developing not just the physical health benefits of student sport but the mental health benefits as well. In February we held the Active Health Forum, where staff from SAMH, CIMSPA and The Daily Mile gave presentations alongside healthy discussions from representatives across many of Scotland’s Institutions. Hearing from sector leaders and encouraging discussion, network members left enthused with ideas and best practices to make their institutions a healthier and more active place.


Leadership Programme


The SSS Leadership Programme has continued for the 2022/23 academic year and has seen eight students given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills. Those previously included in the course have seen themselves flourish in the sporting industry. The programme returned in January 2023 and has seen the lucky students gain insightful insider information from industry experts such as Guy Richardson of Eiger Performance and Ross Simpson from the University of Edinburgh. We aim to help young people gain experience in the sporting world which can hopefully waylay themselves into an industry job in the future.


Reffin’ Brilliant


Every sport needs players to make a game happen but they also need officials. This is why Scottish Student Sport has continued its Reffin’ Brilliant programme which allows students to gain experience refereeing across a range of different sports. Supported by sportscotland, the programme helps budding students gain experience officiating, with the possibility that they could become match officials in professional games going forward.


Boccia Special Projects


The University of Stirling hosted the first Boccia Festival in November 2022. At Scottish Student Sport, we believe in inclusivity and allowing sports to be enjoyed by everyone. The emergence of Boccia as a student sport has enabled more athletes with disabilities to perform. Working alongside Scottish Disability Sport, SSS accepted a Special Projects Fund bid, which provided institutions with Boccia kits to make the sport more accessible. Eight institutions were successful in their applications, these were:


  • City of Glasgow College
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Perth College UHI
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Stirling
  • University of West of Scotland


With these new kits, we hope these institutions will continue to build upon their hard work and continue to allow more students with disabilities to get involved.


While we can’t go into detail about all the work done by the development team, they have continued to work intensely to improve our work as an organisation. Some other examples of their work include new disability forums across campuses, coaching and officiating programmes, MHiS and UKAD training, and HBHM engagement.


This was the story so far with our development in 22/23. In the coming months, we will continue the work we have put in to develop the best organisational practices for our institutions and students to allow them the best opportunities in the world of sport.


Wednesday 29th March 2023

We’re delighted to be heading to QMU for this year’s SSS Conference. Find out more below and have your say in the design and delivery of this years event.

This year’s SSS Conference is being held at Queen Margaret University on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th of June. QMU has active health and sustainability embedded in the design of the campus and will provide a fantastic location for this year’s event.

Tickets for the event can be purchased by clicking on the link here. Get yours as soon as possible!

The topics and speakers at the event will be announced in due course, but keep your eyes peeled here and on the Scottish Student Sport social media pages to make sure you don’t miss any announcements.

In addition to the SSS Team pulling together an exciting programme we would like to ask you what you want to be included in the conference.

Is there a topic you think would be great to cover? Or is there a project you have been working on that you want to celebrate or shout about? Is there a particular delivery style that you think would enhance conference? We would love to hear about projects and success from across the network, so whether it is you or a colleague from your organisation or institution with a project to share, we would love to hear from you.

Please send an email to Jo our Learning and People Co-ordinator with any ideas or expressions of interest.



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



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!

Social Media: Please like our Facebook Page HERE, follow our Instagram account HERE and check out the hashtag #ScotStuVolleyball too!

Photos: Please click HERE for photos from the day!

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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!



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.



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.



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 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 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!”