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 back! Are you a future leader in sport? We are accepting new applications for the 2021/22 Programme! Find out more and apply online today.

SSS is excited to announce the return of the Leadership Programme, open to students attending 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. 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 the week beginning  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

Are you a future leader?

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 sports roles and professional roles within sports organisations.

How to get involved!

We 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 with an initial limit of two per institution.

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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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Thursday 19th August 2021

We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Burnside First Aid, who will provide first aid and medical assistance at our events and competitions for the upcoming season! Read more about the partnership here!

SSS is delighted to announce that we have agreed on a partnership with Burnside First Aid Events Ltd, who will provide medical support for our upcoming sports competitions. The agreement will be in place from now until the end of the 2022-23 academic year, with the potential for a one-year extension.

We are excited to partner with Burnside First Aid and are working closely with them to ensure we have the right medical provisions in place for the up and coming season. Student safety is our priority at SSS and is pleased to be working with a company that shares our ambitions and values.

Director of Burnside First Aid Events Ltd, Jonathan Peffers (pictured below), commented:

“This is an exciting time for Burnside First Aid Events Ltd. We look forward to working with Scottish Student Sport by providing our services of event first aid covering and delivering high-quality training for their staff and volunteers over the next 2 years.”

As well as providing medical cover at SSS sports events, Burnside First Aid will be supporting SSS by hosting training courses designed to teach both students and staff the basics of first aid in sport.

SSS Competitions Coordinator, Jessica Barrows (also pictured below), commented:

“To partner with a supplier who fully supports student sport and the values of SSS is incredibly exciting. We look forward to working with Burnside who we trust will ensure our students feel safe at our events and will treat them professionally. Continuing our mission to upskill our key volunteers with First Aid Training also remains very close to our hearts, reinforced by the images from Euro 2020 which have reminded the world of the importance of knowing how, and when, to act.”

SSS welcomes Burnside Events First Aid Ltd. to the family and values their support as we return to competition this year.

 

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Tuesday 3rd August 2021

Want to play a part in one of our headline events of the year? We are looking for institutions to host our SSS Conference! Find out more and register your interest here!

Fancy being a part of one of the biggest events in the SSS calendar? We are on the lookout for one of our member institutions to host SSS Conference in June 2022.

The SSS Conference brings together the student sport community for two days of celebration, learning and networking. The 2021 event was successfully held over ZOOM, but as we move out of the pandemic we are looking to hold the next SSS Conference in person!

We are looking to work with two separate member institutions to begin planning for the 2022 and 2023 events.

📝 Download the full SSS Conference Tender document – including information on dates, facility requirements and accommodation!

As a host, you have a unique opportunity to showcase sport at your institution and welcome friends of the SSS network onto your campus. The aim of SSS Conference is to share best practice, facilitate learning opportunities and allow members of the SSS family to come together to chat, socialise and celebrate the previous year achievements.

Highlights from SSS Conference 2021 include a thought-provoking keynote from Professor Damian Hughes, a deep-dive into the sportscotland Changing Lives approach, and fascinating interviews with Hannah Rankin and Craig Burn. Read the round-up of the 2021 SSS Conference!

As well as educational and development sessions, the Conference also provides a great opportunity to socialise and get active with colleagues from across Scotland. Morning runs, UV Volleyball and active challenges are just a few of the sporting activities that we have run in previous conferences –  giving participants the opportunity to get to know other attendees in a relaxed, friendly environment!

Our traditional SSS Awards Dinner takes place during the SSS Conference, this social event gives attendees the chance to socialise with one another and celebrate the best of student sport with the SSS Awards ceremony!

If you have any questions or queries please contact Neil Rankin.

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Wednesday 21st July 2021

Following the evolving Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation, follow this page for how this will affect Scottish Student Sports events and competitions in the coming weeks. This page will be regularly updated with the latest news as and when we get it.

Following the evolving Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation, follow this page for how this will affect Scottish Student Sports events and competitions in the coming weeks. This page will be regularly updated with the latest news as and when we get it.

Updated: 9th August 2021 at 09:00

COVID-19 09/08/21) – Update

A further update was provided by the First Minister on the 3rd of August 2021, confirming that all of Scotland will move “Beyond Level 0” on Monday 9th of August. Although restrictions are being eased it was also confirmed that the Scottish Government will retain the option of putting in place local measures and travel restrictions to manage any future virus outbreaks.

People who are symptomatic, including close contacts, should self-isolate for 10 days as per the NHS Scotland guidance. From the 9th of August, close contacts of 18 years of age or over who have been double vaccinated for more than 14 days or 5-17 year-olds, with no symptoms, will be able to take a PCR test and end self-isolation if the result is negative. No one who is self-isolating should attend a sports facility or activity.

For each sport, please find the up-to-date information HERE. SSS is working closely with our members, partners, Scottish Governing bodies, and sportscotland throughout this time to provide further guidance and information should things change.

For any COVID – 19 related queries please contact Chris Purdie, Head of Competitions.

Additional Information

The SSS office remains closed and all our staff will be working from home for the foreseeable future. Therefore the main SSS Office phones will be out of use. Should you need to contact any of our staff please reach out via email – a list of contact details for all our staff can be found here.

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Friday 9th July 2021

We have updated, upgraded and re-launched our SSS Development Toolkit! Find out what is new and improved and how you can use the toolkit to work for you!

In preparation for the start of the 2021/22 academic year, we have released a new and improved version of our Development Toolkit!

To help prepare institutions for the eagerly awaited return to play for student sport, the Development Toolkit is designed to give our members a framework for delivering their best possible sport and physical activity offering.

The new format is much more user-friendly, engaging and easily adaptable for each institution – allowing them to set, manage and achieve their own individual objectives and goals for the year.

What is the Development Toolkit?

The Development Toolkit is a self-assessment guidance tool used to support the development of sport and physical activity within SSS members. Through support from our Development Team, members can develop and share their long term vision, create SMART goals and access SSS projects and programmes to support their work.

This new format allows elected students and staff to create short, medium and long-term goals to utilise SSS projects and resources in working toward their own objectives. Using SMART goals to plan for the year makes it simple to set out the process and timeline for achieving targets.

What is the purpose of the Development Toolkit?

  • Create more opportunities for students to take part in sport and physical activity
  • Give institutions a framework to structure their sport and physical activity offering with the aim of making their programmes more sustainable and inclusive for everyone.
  • A toolkit that is designed to be worked through year-on-year to ensure we continue to offer innovative new ways of bettering the student experience.

📄 Check out the new development toolkit here!

🔗 For more information, head to our specific Development Toolkit webpage. This page will be updated with information, documentation and resources throughout the year.

But, what about Colleges?

The College Sport Award is an equivalent framework for colleges and more information can be found here.

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Tuesday 29th June 2021

All eyes were on the Scottish Student Women’s Cricket National Squad as they played their first-ever SSS representative match! Find out how the girls got on!

The SSS Women’s Cricket National Squad marked their first match of the season with a win!

In their first SSS match for many years, the SSS Women’s National Squad defeated the Cricket Scotland (CS) Performance Academy by six wickets at Arbroath Cricket Club.

Captain for the day, Abtaha Maqsood (University of Glasgow) won the toss and sent the Cricket Scotland  Performance squad into bat first.

Scotland international Megan McColl (Napier University) opened the bowling for the SSS select team and got the girls off to a dream start with a wicket in her first over. This set the tone for a match-winning performance from Megan who picked up another wicket in her opening spell. Abtaha Maqsood replaced  Megan, and continued where her fellow Scotland international left-off – picking up 3 wickets for 14 runs in her 5 overs. Phoebe Beal (University of Edinburgh) and Emily Mackenzie (University of Dundee) both chipped in with one wicket each before Megan McColl came back on to take a further 3 wickets – finishing with bowling figures of 5 wickets for 32 runs off 6 overs. A solid bowling and fielding performance from the students meant the CS Performance Academy were all out for 128.

With the match being 40 overs aside, the girls knew there was plenty of time to chase down the score and that patience would be key. After losing two wickets early on, the students had to stick in to stem the flow of wickets and keep themselves in the game. Some strong hitting and a solid 70 run fourth-wicket partnership from McColl and Maqsood got the girls out of trouble before Maqsood was out for a well-earned 35. Pheobe Beal joined Megan at the crease and the pair saw the girls home to a six-wicket win with 17 overs to spare.

Well done to both teams for a great game of cricket and shoutout to player of the match Megan McColl for her performance with both the bat and ball – scoring 42 runs (not out) and taking 5 wickets!

Huge thanks to Arbroath Cricket Club for hosting the match and two Cricket Scotland for providing a competitive opposition! Most importantly it was fantastic to see women’s cricket return to the SSS National Squad programme, further highlighting the success and development of the women’s game in Scotland. Here’s too many more Scottish Student Women’s Cricket matches in the near future.

 

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Wednesday 23rd June 2021

The Scottish Student Basketball Development Group have created their own little bit of history! The group have appointed the first-ever college-specific member onto the development group to drive participation and engagement levels specifically within Scottish colleges. Read the full story here!

The Scottish Student Sport Basketball Development Group are proud to appoint the first-ever designated college representative onto a SSS Group.  The role will have a key focus on bettering the inclusion, participation and engagement levels within college students and Further Education institutions. The new role makes the Scottish Student Basketball Group the first of any SSS Sports Development group to appoint a college-specific role, continuing the good progress made both on and off the court in recent years.

Speaking on the creation of the post, SSS Chief Operating Officer, Stew Fowlie, commented:

“It is excellent to celebrate a sports specific focus on College engagement, as highlighted by this new role on our Basketball Development Group. All of us at SSS want to see opportunities for college participation continue to grow and increasing numbers of college students benefitting from the kind of involvement that University students have long taken for granted. I look forward to charting the progress of student basketball in the coming year, and to positions such as this becoming the norm over the years to come.”

Stepping into the new role is former City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Caledonian and Stirling University student Ross Mathison. Ross brings with him a wealth of knowledge and basketball experience in both College and University settings. Speaking to Scottish Student Sport, Ross Mathison said:

“It is great that basketball is the first sport to consider the FE sector in its strategy. There are a lot of differences between the University and College environments and being able to highlight these, should put us in a position to break down more barriers for college students to get involved in the sport recreationally and competitively.

Basketball is a great sport that has provided lots of opportunities to me throughout my life. I am grateful to be appointed in my representative role to hopefully inspire others to take up basketball and to enhance the provision and pathways for college students already involved in the game.”

SSS Basketball Development Group Chair Eamonn Laird added:

“Several members of the group studied at college before progressing to university, including myself, so this has always been an area the group wanted to make strides in.”

“I am excited to have a college-specific member as part of the group. Several members of the group studied at college before progressing to university, including myself, so this has always been an area the group wanted to make strides in. Ross brings a great knowledge of the college sector from his role as a lecturer and basketball from his various coaching roles, I look forward to seeing the positive contribution he will make to Scottish Student Basketball.”

The Scottish Student Basketball Development Group is now complete with every role being filled. Here is the committee for the 2021/22 season. Exciting times ahead!

  • Chair – Eamonn Laird (University of Dundee)
  • Inclusion Member– Craig Stephen (University of Stirling)
  • Workforce Member– Chris Kindlen (University of Dundee)
  • College Member – Ross Mathison
  • Communications Member – Johnathan MacLeod (University of the West of Scotland)
  • Student Member– Khera Ross (University of Stirling)
  • Student Member– Liam Downing (University of Strathclyde)
  • BasketballScotland Representative – Kieran Lynch
  • SSS Representative – Neil Rankin
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