Thursday 27th February 2020

Fife College and Fife College Students’ Association (FCSA) have reached a significant milestone level of the Scottish Student Sport’s College Sport Award. Read the full story here!

Fife College and Fife College Students’ Association (FCSA) have reached a significant milestone level of the Scottish Student Sport’s College Sport Award.

The Scottish Student Sport’s College Sport Award is a self-improvement framework which supports Universities and Colleges to provide physical activity and sport opportunities to their students, staff and communities. Last year both Fife College and the Fife College Atudents’ Association (FCSA) signed up for the College Sport Award – confirming the College’s commitment to sport.

The achievement of the ‘training towards’ level entitles the College to a £500 reward to buy sporting equipment. The College has used the fund to buy both badminton and boccia, a precision ball sport, equipment with the hope to increase sport involvement and inclusivity at the college.

The College Sport Award is a key project of Scottish Student Sport and is part of our drive to build a world class system for physical activity and student sport. The Award is supported by the Scottish Funding Council, and is endorsed by sportscotland and the College Development Network.

“We are delighted to have reached this milestone of the College Sport Award. The programme is helping us as we work to provide many new physical activity and sport opportunities for students and staff across the college.”

Fife College are now working towards achieving the Bronze level of the award scheme which comes with a further monetary award for more sport equipment.

Craig Walker, FCSA Manager, said: “We are delighted to have reached this milestone of the College Sport Award. The programme is helping us as we work to provide many new physical activity and sport opportunities for students and staff across the college.

“This achievement is very much down to the brilliant work of our Sports, Societies, and Events Coordinator, Kirsten Mullen, who has played a key role in driving forward our new sports club programme since she joined the FCSA team last September.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with Scottish Student Sport as we work towards the next level of the award.”

Scottish Student Sport’s Chief Operating Officer, Stew Fowlie said:

“It is wonderful to note Fife College’s progress within the SSS College Sport Award, demonstrating a genuine commitment to sport and physical activity at the College. The Student Association has shown great ambition and drive to make activity part of everyday college life, and this has been met with strong leadership and support from the College senior management.

“It is a pleasure to celebrate this milestone with them today and be able to make the gift of sports equipment for use by all in the College community. Well done to all at FCSA & Fife College – and here’s to your continued progress through the SSS College Sport Award.”

Photo: (left to right, back row) Jade Burnett (FCSA President), Hugh Hall (Fife College Principal), Stew Fowlie (Chief Operating Officer at SSS), (left to right, front row) Gloria Laurini (FCSA Student Engagement Coordinator), Kirsten Mullen (FCSA Sports, Societies and Events Coordinator) and Eilidh Paterson (Tayside, Fife & Grampian Regional Development Coordinator at SSS).


Thursday 30th January 2020

Scottish Student Sport are delighted to announce Queen Margaret University as the host for the SSS Conference 2020. Read the full story here!

Scottish Student Sport is delighted to announce that Conference 2020 will be hosted by Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh. This is the first time the event will be hosted by QMU, and as a modern and ambitious institution they are excited about the opportunity to welcome the SSS tribe.

QMU is located at the purpose-built site in Musselburgh – just a 6 minute-train from the centre of Edinburgh – and sustainability is ingrained in campus life. SSS is ambitious about delivering the most sustainable conference to date.

Conference 2020 is the culmination of the student sport year and provides a fantastic opportunity for the network to come together to learn and celebrate. The event will include a host of inspirational guest speakers and innovative workshops, as well as opportunities to be active. The climax of the 2-day event will be the Scottish Student Sport Awards Dinner, celebrating the biggest and best achievements and contributions of the sporting year.

Andy White, Student Vice President at QMU, said:

“We’re delighted to be able to open our doors to the SSS tribe in June and share with them a couple of days of inspirational activity.”

“Queen Margaret University are absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Scottish Student Sport 2020 Conference. Our Students’ Union supports our sports teams to punch well above their weight in relation to the relatively small size of our student community. We’re delighted to be able to open our doors to the SSS tribe in June and share with them a couple of days of inspirational activity.” 

Stew Fowlie, COO at SSS, added:

“There is a terrific blend of spaces and services available at QMU, allowing us to generate a really upbeat atmosphere for our members and guests. This environment, coupled with strong local support, provides all the ingredients for what promises to be our best conference yet. We look forward to working with QMU in the planning phase and most of all to welcoming the SSS tribe to Musselburgh for 48 life-changing hours in June.”

Conference 2020 will year take place on the 10th and 11th of June 2020. Add this date to your diary NOW and watch this space for further information and sign up!


Wednesday 18th December 2019

Read all about the highlights from our annual Festive Gathering which took place at Perth College, UHI. A fitting way to end an incredible year of Scottish Student Sport.

For the first time, the SSS Tribe descended on Perth College UHI for our annual Festive Gathering. We were delighted to welcome our members, colleagues and friends from across the length and breadth of the country to participate in a number of forums, workshops and discussions – giving everyone the opportunity to learn, collaborate and innovate the world of Scottish Student Sport going into the new year.

Stew the COO and SSS Chair, Pete Burgon kicked things off with a SSS update and overview of the accounts before we were treated to a practical session delivered by our friends at Scottish Disability Sport (SDS).

SSS has a strong partnership with SDS and this partnership has flourished with the number of events across our member institutions greatly increasing over the last few months – highlighting the appetite for disability sport in both Colleges and Universities in Scotland. Heather Lowden and Gavin Macleod, from SDS, were joined by wheelchair athlete Gemma Lumsdaine to deliver practical skills and theoretical insight into disability sport.

As well as learning more about the disability sport landscape, participants had the opportunity to test their practical skills; activities included visually impaired running,  Wheelchair Basketball, Goalball and mastering the art of Boccia. For a number of participants this was the first exposure to disability sport and raising this awareness is an integral element of the partnership between SSS and SDS.

After a hearty lunch,  we were treated to a panel discussion on Women in Sport and a keynote workshop on organisational sustainability. The panel was chaired by University of Stirling’s Cathy Gallagher who guided the conversation on a range of topics from participation in student sport to career opportunities and the role of the media in women’s sport.

Cathy was joined by Shelley Kerr, Head Coach of Scotland Womens National Football Team, Gemma Lumsdaine, Wheelchair Basketball coach and Wheelchair Rugby Player, and Laura McGhie, Sports Journalist at BBC Scotland.

With a wealth of experience on the panel we explored some of the barriers to participation but also the hurdles that women potentially face/faced in beginning their career in sport. With fantastic role models on the panel some of the topics discussed included how we celebrate achievements, encourage leadership and promote careers in sport for young women. One of the key actions to come from the discussion is to look for ways to better communicate and promote what we are achieving in the world of Women’s sport, and the importance of collaborative working to achieve this.

Following the panel discussion we were treated to a keynote workshop from Jen Curran. Jen works for Wren & Greyhound, a consultancy supporting the not-for-profit sector in working toward organisational sustainability. Jen delivered fascinating insight on a number of topics relevant to the SSS Tribe including income diversification, workload management and the importance of relationships.

To finish the day the Tribe had the opportunity to hear from Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal at UWS and recently elected Chair of BUCS. Craig’s background in sport makes him a great candidate to succeed Professor Sir Ian Diamond in leading BUCS forward and supporting the work of SSS.

Special thanks to the staff at Perth College UHI for playing great hosts and making us feel warmly welcomed. Thanks to our guest speakers, the Women in Sport Panel, SDS and all our members who attended, contributed and participated in what was a great day and a fitting way to end a hugely successful 2019. Here is to 2020…


Thursday 28th November 2019

The British Active Student Survey (BASS) 2019-20 is now live. Complete the survey before the 20th of December for your chance to win £50 ASOS vouchers!

What is the British Active Student Survey?

This is a joint initiative between BUCS, AoC Sport and UK Active – with for the first time the work being carried out in Further Education and Higher Education simultaneously. It aims to gain understanding into the levels of physical activity and the relationship between wider health and wellbeing, academic attainment, and employability skills.

The survey builds on the findings of Scottish Universities in 2017, British Universities in 2018 and British Colleges in 2019 – which all highlighted that active students have higher mental wellbeing, social inclusion, plus greater positive perceptions of academic attainment and employability compared to inactive students.

The survey is open from now until Friday 20th of Decembertake part now! 

Why should I take part?

By filling out the survey you will be contributing to important research and analysis to help gauge a greater understanding of the relationship between active students mental wellbeing, social inclusion,  academic attainment and employability compared to inactive students.

Any university that achieves a 5% completion rate in relation to their FTE of students will be provided with their own data set from the students that completed the survey from their institution.

Students who complete the survey will enter a prize draw to win up to three £50 ASOS vouchers.

For more information and to complete the survey follow the link!





Wednesday 27th November 2019

We are excited to launch our brand new Scottish Student Sport Podcast! Episode 1 is now LIVE and available on Spotify! Find out more here.

We are excited to announce the launch of the brand new Scottish Student Sport Podcast!

In its debut series hosts Gavin Rittoo and Stew Fowlie will be joined by a variety of guests from across the Scottish Sporting world and beyond to discuss their journey and how student sport has shaped it along the way.

Aired monthly, the podcast will feature a chat with one of the sports sabbatical officers from our member institutions – getting to know them a little bit better and the exciting work they are doing this year. There will also be a ‘competitions corner’ segment which will round up all the latest results and reaction from our competitions and events across the country. Alongside this the show will round up all the latest news, updates and discuss all the hot topics in the exciting world that is Scottish Student Sport.

Episode 1

00:00 – 08:00 – Intro and Welcome with Stew & Gav

08:00 – 24:30 – Interview with Georgia Moran, Edinburgh Napier University

24:30 – 28:00 – Live musical performance from Georgia Moran

28:00 – 31:00 – Competitions update and reaction

31:00 – 50:30 – Interview with Malcolm King from the Big Sleep Out, previewing the event in December which SSS will be participating in

50:30 – 53:00 – Round up and upcoming events with Stew and Gav

How to listen:

You can find us on spotify, stitcher, spreaker and all other good podcasting sites.

Listen to “Episode 1 | Georgia Moran & The Big Sleep Out” on Spreaker.

Get in touch

If you have listened to the podcast then we want to hear from you!

Tweet us your thoughts on the podcast using the hashtag: #SSSPOD. Whether its praise, criticism , support or if you have a great idea then let us know! We will read out the best tweets on the next episode…

If you would like to appear on the podcast then drop as an email: 

If you are interested in joining our SSS Sleep Out team on Saturday 7th of December to help raise money and fight homelessness in Scotland then all the sign up information can be found here.



Wednesday 20th November 2019

Aimed at increasing participation in the sport, SSS Volleyball have set up a new version of the sport: 4-a-side Volleyball. Find out more about their first two tournaments of the year here!

Plenty of fun and participation were the order of the day across the country where SSS Volleyball delivered its 4-a-side Tournaments across two different cities in October.

The 4-a-side version of volleyball is ideally suited to less-experience players, with 50% more ball contact, longer rallies and easier court positioning than the 6-a-side game. This format is very much in-keeping with Scottish Volleyball’s vision for widening participation in the sport and is also a key strand of BUCS Volleyball’s strategic direction to better provide for those many students who don’t play in competition BUCS fixtures.

The competitions which took place in Dundee and Glasgow saw some excellent rallies and great effort, all wrapped up in wide smiles, high fives and enthusiastic team shouts. Overall teams were quite evenly matched and the timed format of matches ensured that there was maximum activity for those involved.

The quality of volleyball – especially some of the defensive play – on show was worthy of a much higher level of competition.  The only difference being that participants were just happy to be involved with the match result seeming to be secondary to the enjoyment of being part of a really positive session.

The future looks bright for 4-a-side volleyball and the second round of tournaments, due to take place at the end of January, promises to be equally popular and enjoyable. Roll on 2020!!


Thursday 14th November 2019

2018/19 was another belter of a year across the Scottish Student Sport membership – recap on all our highlights and successes from the past 12 months.


Wednesday 30th October 2019

Scottish Student Sport and Judo Scotland have introduced student-friendly National Randori sessions to the Ratho performance centre after a strong demand for more activity from student judo clubs across the country. Read more here!

Scottish Student Sport and JudoScotland have listened to the views of student Judo clubs around the country and have introduced student-friendly National Randori sessions to the Ratho performance centre! The first took place on 10th September 2019 and saw over 40 attendees both from students and high performance athletes.

JudoScotland High Performance Coach, Euan Burton, explains that the sessions aim to:

  • Give student judo players in Scotland the opportunity to gain additional training at no additional cost.
  • Forge links with players from other clubs, which could lead to additional training opportunities outside of term time.
  • Strengthen the relationship between Scottish Student Sport and JudoScotland.

Scottish Student Judo Chair, Paul Grady, was at the event said:

“It was excellent to see student club players engaging within the performance environment and benefiting from this standard of training. I hope I speak for all university clubs when I say I look forward to seeing these sessions develop and grow over the coming academic term.”

JudoScotland holds open National Randori sessions every Tuesday, but it is hoped that the introduction of the advertised ‘student-friendly’ sessions will encourage more judoka to attend and develop themselves in a challenging but open environment.

Each evening will include the opportunity to join in with a technical session from National Coach, Takafumi Kitahara from 6pm. National Randori will then be led by Euan Burton, Takafumi Kitahara and others in the High Performance team from 7pm.

Building on the success of this first training session, there will be further student-friendly sessions in 2019 scheduled for the following dates at the EICA in Ratho:

  • Tuesday 19th November
  • Tuesday 17th December

Many clubs are arranging group transport so get in touch with if you are interested in joining them!

Follow all the action on the Scottish Student Judo Facebook Group.