Thursday 23rd September 2021

Scottish Student Sport and the Scottish Student Basketball Development Group, are delighted to ca renewed partnership agreement with basketballscotland, that will help grow student basketball in key areas.

SSS and basketballscotland are delighted to have a new Partnership Agreement in place that will support the growth and development of student basketball through 2021 to 2024. A key aspect of this agreement will see basketballscotland provide a £5 rebate for every unique student affiliation that will be directly reinvested directly back into the sport.

This is the culmination of the ongoing collaboration between SSS, basketballscotland and the Scottish Student Basketball Development Group. In the past year, the group have delivered social media campaigns, supported the development of the student workforce and created the first college-specific role to grow the sport across Scotlands college campuses.

The reinvestment from basketball’s governing body will allow for the Development Group to host brand new events as part of the student basketball calendar. This includes a participation-focussed 3×3 festival scheduled for January 2022, and the newly announced Scottish Student Basketball Trophy to find the top mens and womens student teams in Scotland. The reinvestment will also go directly back into the basketball workforce, allowing for more students to get involved in playing, coaching and officiating.

Speaking to SSS, Kieran Lynch, Basketball Social Impact Officer at basketballscotland and Development Group member, said:

“The continued partnership between Scottish Student Sport and basketballscotland is a sign that we are both driven to continue to support and develop the student game. By creating more opportunities to play, coach and officiate, the student basketball community will be a thriving community once again, after a year off due to the pandemic. We look forward to working alongside the basketball development group and seeing everyone back on court.”

Eamonn Laird, Chair of Scottish Student Basketball added:

“The renewed partnership agreement between Scottish Student Sport and BasketballScotland is great step forward for student basketball and the wider basketball community. Student basketball already offers great opportunities to play, coach and officiate, this renewed agreement will help further widen these opportunities. Working so closely with our NGB will hopefully ensure we not only engage students during their years of study, but set them on a pathway to continue engage in the sport long after they have graduated.”

📝 Read the Partnership Agreement in full here!

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Friday 18th June 2021

In case you missed it! Read all about the highlights from the SSS Conference 2021! Including photos, videos, key themes and more…

Proudly sponsored by PRECOR, we were delighted to bring together over 80 attendees from 18 different institutions in Scotland for the return of the SSS Conference!

After last years SSS Conference was sadly cancelled due to COVID – there was increased appetite and anticipation heading into this years event – with many guests and attendees experiencing SSS Conference for the first time.

Having said that, the whole experience was a totally new phenomenon for everyone with it being the first Conference delivered virtually. Over an action-packed two days, we connected members, friends, institutions and partners across the country for a celebration of student sport.

Despite being held remotely, we were determined to ensure SSS Conference would be an ‘Always Active’ Conference. Due to the nature of working from home and staring at screens for long periods of time we recognised the need to ensure our attendees kept active and engaged in between and even during sessions. Standing desks were encouraged wherever possible, sessions were delivered via podcast with attendees encouraged to listen along whilst ‘on the move’, active challenges featured heavily (more on that later), and as always, traditional ‘SSS Standing Ovations’ were observed throughout to welcome and thank our guests.

Sustainability was another key emerging theme from the conference. Speakers, discussion and conversations often routed back to the importance of sustainability and the need to look after our planet in every way we can. In advance of the conference, we partnered with Trees For Life and purchased a grove in the Scottish Highlands. For every attendee/speaker/contributor that signed up to this year’s conference we planted a tree – that means there are 110 new trees in the Scottish Highlands thanks to you! We plan to continue planting trees for each milestone we reach, whether that be each time a new staff member joins our team, to welcome them aboard, or for Conference attendees in years to come.

Day 1

To kick things off, our attendees were met with a welcome video – introducing a few members of the incoming sabbatical line-up and a few of our SSS staff – representing some brand new stash… 👀

 

After a brief introduction from Chief Operating Officer Stew Fowlie, Professor Damian Hughes got the ball rolling with a sensational opening keynote session. Damian is well known for his role co-hosting the High-Performance Podcast and he included insight and analysis from a number of guests he had interviewed. Damian spoke about creating a high-performance culture and the importance of having a set of “non-negotiable” behaviours to create a culture within a team. Throughout the session, there was plenty of opportunities to engage with Damian, with quizzes, interactive challenges and a Q&A segment at the end. It is safe to say Damian set the tone of inspiration and innovation to follow.

SSS Team photo with our keynote speaker Damian Hughes!

From one podcast to another – following Damian’s session, attendees were then encouraged to get outside and tune into our next session on the move – listening to Stew Fowlie and Gavin Rittoo host a special Conference addition of the #SSSPOD. The episode included an in-depth preview of the Conference and an exclusive interview with our brand-new team wear provider.

The afternoon session focused on active living, engaging students and developing active lifestyles. A highly informative and engaging panel was led by Kim Atkinson from Scottish Sports Association (SSA). Kim was joined by Andy Mytom and Ross Cunningham who brought professional expertise in the areas of design and communications respectively. As we begin the recovery from the pandemic it is imperative to be responsive to new demands from the student community about how they engage with, and enjoy, sport and physical activity.

Following the discussion, delegates were given the opportunity to give their input on the conversation and discuss key themes through the use of breakout rooms on zoom. Before Iona Grant & Hana Nasser from the Edinburgh University Women’s Hockey Club, took to the stage to share their story of what they did to look after their member’s mental health during the pandemic.

To close day 1, we were treated to a mouthwatering clash in the ring… Our own SSS Regional Development Coordinator, Neil Rankin, laced up his gloves for a 1v1 with Scotland’s first female Boxing World Champion – Hannah Rankin. Rather than throwing punches however, Neil was throwing questions to the professional sportswoman who shared some of the highs and lows of her journey in sport so far. The discussion ranged from the introductions to combat sports, the pressures of being a woman in sport to the challenges of balancing becoming World Champion and a classical music degree! Hannah challenged delegates to showcase more women’s sport and create role models within their clubs and institutions to inspire the next generation. A great way to round off day 1!

Hannah Rankin gives guest a glimpse of her World Champion Belt!

Day 2

Happy Birthday to y̶o̶u̶  Scottish Student Sport! 🎉🎉🎉

To mark our 10 Year Celebration of Scottish Student Sport we invited everyone to get involved with our #TimeForTen Active Challenge.

The #TimeforTen challenge got people across the country moving to the theme of 10. Whether it was walking, running, cycling, skipping, circuit training or in some cases, even swimming – it was fantastic to see so many people join in with the challenge across our social channels!

Members and friends of the network take part in the #TimeForTen Active Challenge.

Everyone who participated in the challenge was encouraged to listen along to our second special episode of the #SSSPOD. On this episode Stew and Gav were joined by members of the SSS community past and present for a trip down memory lane, celebrating our best bits!

🎙️ You can download the episode here!

After a quick shower and change, we were back on Zoom to digest a trilogy of Best Practice. Sarah Gandon kicked things off with some key updates on Healthy Body Healthy Mind which has seen the following achievements over the past year:

✅ University of the Highlands and Islands – Training Towards

🥉 Fife College and University of Glasgow – Bronze Award

Presentations of best practice were made by Kirsten Mullen (Fife College) and Shereif McGregor-Kholeif (University of Glasgow) demonstrating the ambition of each institution to engage with the project. Professor Moira Lafferty followed this with some key updates on the CHANGES project and how this can be delivered virtually to clubs ahead of returning to sport in September. The final part of the session was an inspirational presentation delivered by Sam Winton, founder of Here for Sport – a social enterprise focussed on creating more inclusive communities through sport.

After lunch, delegates were treated to a fantastic panel led by Pam Dewar from sportscotland in conversation with Mel Young and Dougie Samuel. This explored the trio’s involvement in the sport for social change movement, with Mel being the co-founder of the Homeless World Cup and Dougie the current CEO at Spartans Community Football Academy. Collaboration was a key theme in this discussion and with hundreds of sports clubs as part of the SSS community, there is great potential and opportunity to link with community clubs and deliver a bigger social impact. Breakout sessions were then led by participants from sportscotland’s Changing Lives programme, exploring themes of inclusion and purpose!

To finish, no SSS Conference is the same without an inspirational closing keynote, and this year delegates were treated to a Q&A from Craig Burn. Craig has enjoyed a diverse career in sport that has landed him in the role of Director of Strategy, Policy and Impacts for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, which takes place in Scotland. Craig gave us an insight into the challenges and opportunities he’s faced throughout his career and left us excited about future volunteering opportunities with the world championships. In conversation with Stew Fowlie, Craig spoke openly about the need to design sustainability into the delivery of the Championships and how they are working to reduce the carbon footprint of such a huge sporting event.

Thank You

A huge thanks to all our guests, attendees, speakers and contributors for their inspirational and motivational input throughout! The event was a welcome reminder as to how much hard work goes on behind the scenes, up and down the country to ensure that the overall student experience is enhanced through sport and physical activity.

Shout-out to all our SGB partners that attended the event and to Dave Swiss and the team at Precor for their unrivalled support – sponsoring EVERY Conference since 2006!

Finally, well done to all out outgoing sabbatical officers that are leaving this year – you have all done a tremendous job in an unprecedented year. Best of luck for your future endeavours and we hope to keep as many of you in the sporting bubble as possible.

Here is to next year and brighter times ahead!

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Thursday 27th May 2021

To kick off our 10 year-anniversary celebrations we are inviting everyone to join in with our #TimeForTen active challenge! Find out more about the challenge and how you can get involved.

This year at SSS we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary! To mark the special occasion, we are inviting everyone to join in with our #TimeForTen active challenge!

As part of this year’s SSS Conference | Always Active we are encouraging all our members, partners, students, staff, alumni and friends of the network to get involved with our challenge.

Here is how to get involved:

On Thursday 10th June – we invite you to get active and move your body to the theme of 10.

What you do is entirely up to you, so whether you’re completing 10,000 steps, cycling 10 miles, bashing out 10 press-ups or wheeling for 10 minutes – it all counts!

To keep you company we will be releasing a special #SSSPOD episode celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary. Available from the 10th June, our bonus episode will take a special look back at our highlights from across the student sport network over the last 10 years and beyond.

Hear from former students, staff, Scottish Governing Bodies, partners and sports professionals as we take a trip down memory lane.

Join us online to mark the occasion by sharing a photo of your activity with us on social media using the hashtag #TimeForTen. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Whether you are a current student, staff member, alumni, member, partner or friend of the network we are encouraging everyone and anyone to get active and take #TimeForTen.

See you all on the 10th of June!

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Wednesday 30th September 2020

SSS are delighted to confirm that the Healthy Body Health Mind programme has secured funding from the Scottish Government for an additional three years! Read the full story here.

Scottish Student Sport and the Scottish Government have agreed a three-year commitment to Healthy Body Healthy Mind, ensuring the project work will continue into 2024.  Alongside ASH Scotland and NUS Scotland, SSS will be working to support Scottish institutions to deliver a campus with physical activity, mental health provision and smoking prevention at its core.

The landscape of education is now very different, with student mental health and well-being playing a more critical role than ever to the student experience and wider society. The Healthy Body Healthy Mind programme aims to bring about a positive change to the institutions working towards an award. Working alongside physical activity and smoking prevention we can all improve Scotland’s recovery.

To gain a Healthy Body Healthy Mind Award students’ associations, sports unions, colleges and universities must work together on a project that brings about practical changes across the whole institution. These changes include activities that make progress towards smoke-free campuses, improve uptake in sport and recreational programmes, and better signpost student and staff communities to practical support and resources around positive mental wellbeing.

The three-year commitment gives institutions the opportunity to work towards their achievements at a pace that works for them. This new flexible and supportive approach has been welcomed by the current cohort of institutions. The aim is to ensure that institutions achieve their level with the support and help of the project team who comprise of SSS, ASH Scotland and NUS Scotland.

At the moment, 15 institutions are currently engaged with HBHM, equating to 40% of institutions in Scotland! The door is always open and SSS will always welcome any new sign-ups. More information on HBHM and how to sign up on how to sign can be found here.

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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!

 

 

 

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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: info@scottishstudentsport.com 

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.

 

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