Friday 9th September 2016

Sign up to Tennis Scotland’s College/University Timed Tennis Offer 2016-17 and receive your FREE PROMO PACK!

Tennis Scotland are encouraging colleges and Universities to run touchtennis events using smaller courts, shorter rackets and sponge balls, making it ideal for recreational players or tennis ‘newbies’.

Timed Tennis is a fun way to play quick fire tennis matches – You play for a set period of time (eg. 8mins) so it’s easy to plan the overall time your competition will take. Timed Tennis can be run in a variety of formats – team events, singles or doubles competitions.

Colleges can benefit from a free promotional pack, prizes and equipment incentives in return for delivering a minimum of 3 Timed Tennis sessions over the academic year. Sign up for your free promotional pack by completing the quick survey below by Friday 16th September 2016:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/timedtennis16

They have a maximum of 50 college packs available, and 50 university packs with limited availability the packs will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

The pack includes:  6 Official touchtennis balls, a selection of Babolat prizes, A3 posters and touchtennis resources to help you promote your events. All packs and resources will be sent out w/c 19th September 2016.

Please visit the new touchtennis website for videos clips and information about the format, rules and setting up courts.

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Thursday 8th September 2016

2016/17 Student Golf Tour kicks off in perfect conditions at The 6th Stirling International.

The 6th Stirling International got under way at The Duke’s course outside of St. Andrews in hot and humid conditions for the 94 men and 21 women contesting this year’s tournament.

With the course set up as an examination of the students’ golfing education, there were rewards available for sensible course management, but danger lurking for errant shots.

On the women’s side, the stand out round of the day came from University of St. Andrews student Marie Danielsson (Saint German), who shot a one under 70. Two shots back, Marie’s St. Andrews team mate Alexa Hammer (Quail Ridge CC) sits at one over, with Ulster’s Shannon Burke (Ballinrobe) a further shot back. Mary Doyle (The Heath) from Maynooth and Stirling’s defending champion Gemma Batty (Powfoot) round out the top five at four over.

The men’s competition saw some very strong scoring with the top ten players separated by only two shots at the end of the first day. Leading the day with very impressive one under par 70s are Stirling’s Jordan Sundborg (Shanklin & Sandown) and Ulster’s Ross Dutton (Tandragee). The next three golfers round out the top five and are all bunched together at level par, St Andrews Peter Kerr (Royal Portrush), Sam Locke (Banchory) from the Scottish Golf team, and James Glenn (Brancepeth Castle) of Durham University.

 

For full results:

Men – http://bucs.intelligentgolf.co.uk/competition.php?compid=3518&preview=1

Women – http://bucs.intelligentgolf.co.uk/competition.php?compid=3522

Stay up to date with the event through facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/1248535088514658/?active_tab=posts

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Tuesday 6th September 2016

Hosted at The Duke’s, Craigtoun, over 100 of Britain and Ireland’s best student golfers will look to get their season up and running with a strong showing over 3 rounds of golf.

The new student golf season kicks off this week with the now traditional curtain raiser, the Stirling International.

“Hosted at The Duke’s, Craigtoun, over 100 of Britain and Ireland’s best student golfers will look to get their season up and running with a strong showing over 3 rounds of golf.”

With BUCS Macpherson Order of Merit qualifying points on offer, a strong showing at The Duke’s can provide a firm base on the road to the BUCS Tour Finals, hosted this season by Prince’s Golf Club in April 2017.

This year’s Stirling International is jammed full of quality, with teams representing nine institutions in the men’s competition and four on the women’s side. Complementing entries from UK universities are a men’s team from Scottish Golf (including Stirling University graduate Craig Howie), and a men’s and a women’s team from Irish powerhouse Maynooth University.

The men’s competition sees only one of last year’s top ten (Andrew Davidson; Stirling University/Charleton) returning, providing a great opportunity for a new generation of golfers to come to the fore. As in previous years, Stirling and St. Andrews provide the highest number of golfers in the field but there is quality on show from all of the institutions and staying in contention over the first two days should set a number of golfers up for a final day shootout.

Three of last year’s top five, including reigning champion Gemma Batty (Stirling University/Powfoot), return in the women’s competition. With a field 40% bigger than last year, the competition will be as fierce as ever with Gemma unlikely to give up her title without a strong fight. As on the men’s side, Stirling and St Andrews provide the majority of the field but the other institutions represented will be set on ensuring that the Scottish powerhouses don’t have it all their own way.

“It is fabulous to herald the start of another exciting season of student sport, with the Stirling International golf Tournament getting underway at The Duke’s.”

Full information on the Stirling International can be found HERE.

Updates during the event will be found HERE, with live scores HERE.

For all information on the Macpherson Order of Merit, please visit the BUCS website.

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Friday 2nd September 2016

Tickets are now available for the Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish Rugby Varsity Match on the 24th September 2016.

The oldest student rugby fixture in the world returns to BT Murrayfield where University of St Andrews take on University of Edinburgh at the home of Scottish Rugby.

With last years sensational success of 10,000 spectators, 2016 promises to be the hottest ticket in town. Don’t mis out, put The Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish Varsity Match in your diary today!!

Matches:
Women’s 1st XV – kick off 5pm

Men’s 1st XV – kick off 6pm

13975481_669880669835689_3973227056043743115_oGet your FREE student ticket today at www.eticketing.co.uk/varsity

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Tuesday 7th June 2016

A University of Edinburgh BEng Chemical Engineering scholar is about to embark on an important stage in his plan to compete in a second Winter Olympics.

A University of Edinburgh BEng Chemical Engineering scholar is about to embark on an important stage in his plan to compete in a second Winter Olympics.

Twenty three-year-old cross country skier Callum Smith (picture attached) sat his final exam last week, and will soon head to Lillehammer in Norway for two seasons leading into the PyeongChang 2018 Games.

The benefits of living in Norway, a country akin to the Holy Grail of cross country skiing,  should not be underestimated.

Apart from a year straight after school when he trained in Norway, and also learnt the language, Callum has done the bulk of his training in Scotland; a combination of roller skiing, cycling and running, along with training camps in Norway and Central Europe.

Yet despite his reduced schedule on snow, he achieved his ambition of competing for team GB in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

“I’m sure that two seasons full time in Norway will boost my skiing hugely,” said the Inverurie athlete, who competed in both the 30km skiathlon, 15km classical and freestyle sprint events in Sochi.

“Winning Students have been a great help and this year were by far my biggest supporters,” said Callum.

His move to Norway is being made possible by a sportscotland Athlete Personal Award, combined with other funding sources.

“Since the last Games I haven’t had so much time on snow but my physical levels have improved, so I’m hoping when I get more snow time my results are going to make a big jump.”

Callum admits that combining study with high level sport has been demanding but the University of Edinburgh gave him flexibility.

And, as one of 148 students supported by Winning Students, Scotland’s national sports scholarships programme for student athletes, he has received funding support and the academic flexibility required to perform at the highest level in sport and studies.

Eighteen Scottish universities and 25 colleges form the Winning Students network. Students at network colleges and universities benefit from a dedicated co-ordinator to ensure they can balance their studies and sport effectively.

“Winning Students have been a great help and this year were by far my biggest supporters,” said Callum.

“It would have been very difficult without them and this year all my sporting needs were covered by their funding so I didn’t have any outstanding costs which I had to cover myself.

“The degree I chose is pretty demanding so there’s only so much the university can push around so I can train and compete away.

“Some of my assignments I did a bit early and handed them in early so I could have a six week block of training on snow at Christmas time.

Having emerged from the other end, with potentially another six or seven years before he reaches his peak, Callum is convinced he made the right decision.

“It was tough doing both but I have a degree now and I’m now going into two years full time training with one Olympics already under my belt.  So I’m pretty happy with that.

“I’m still really young so it’s hard to say how much better I can get.  But I’m hopeful of a top 30 in PyeongChang 2018 but beyond that, if I was to continue, I would want to be a medal contender at future Games.”

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Friday 27th May 2016

Scottish Student Sport is a crackin’ place to work and we’re trying to make it even better! We are embarking on a pilot project with the NHS to become an Exemplary Physical Activity Employer (EPAE).

We will be posting pictures and stories of the SSS staff attempting to up their physical activity levels, while trying a variety of new sports and activities. We’ll post it all on our social media so you can follow our journey! Our friends at Viper10 have kitted us out, Decathlon are helping us with active travel, Edinburgh University Sport & Exercise have been supporting us and we hope to engage with all of our partners and members as we try to achieve this goal. Who knows? We may even inspire a few people to get involved!

Scottish Student Sport knows the innumerable benefits of physical activity, including the role it can play in weight control, reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Cancers as well as assisting in improving mental health and mood which all supports increasing the likelihood of not only living longer, but living better. We also like a bit of banter and a bit of fun so we have created a plan to support all our employees to engage in a fun and enjoyable active lifestyle!

Scottish Student Sport are delighted and honoured to be part of this important pilot scheme

Scottish Student Sport are delighted and honoured to be part of this important pilot scheme. SSS will endeavour to achieve and maintain the standards required of a Category One employer (an organisation with fewer than 250 employees).

We’re all in!  Full staff engagement is promoted and encouraged and different staff members will each be responsible for introducing a new activity. This Friday (June 3rd) it’s the COOs choice (Stew Fowlie) and we’re all in the dark…with the only instruction to bring a bike helmet…sounds interesting!  Watch this space!

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Thursday 26th May 2016

Cricket at the University of Glasgow is set to make strides forward thanks to a new Scottish Student Sport Approved Community Link agreed with West of Scotland Cricket Club.

The partnership, supported by SSS and Cricket Scotland, allows University of Glasgow Cricket Club to access the international standard facilities at West of Scotland Cricket Club (WSCC) for both training and matches, and also provide support to community outreach development programmes in place through Active Schools.  In addition University of Glasgow Cricket Club will be able to access the services of WSCC Coach David Hinchcliffe.

Commenting on the partnership Keith Joss, Head of Service Development at the University of Glasgow Sport said, “I am delighted that we are working with West of Scotland Cricket Club to help promote the sport.  This type of Approved Community Link demonstrates the value of cooperation with our close neighbours and will help us to move University of Glasgow Cricket Club forward.”

Tony Lewis, Chairman of West of Scotland Cricket Club added, “This partnership is an essential part of our strategy to develop cricket in the West End of Glasgow, and we are really looking forward to having University of Glasgow Cricket Club using our facilities and supporting our programmes.”

“This type of Approved Community Link demonstrates the value of cooperation with our close neighbours and will help us to move University of Glasgow Cricket Club forward.”

David Sharkey, Captain of University of Glasgow Cricket Club also sees the benefits.  “Our club has been a bit of sleeping giant in British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) competitions in the past few years.  Being able to train and play our matches at the excellent West of Scotland Cricket Club can be the catalyst to improved performances and results.  We are sure our opponents will really enjoy the chance to play in such inspirational surroundings.”

For information about forming an Approved Community Club Link partnership please contact your SSS Regional Sport Coordinator.

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