Thursday 25th February 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: 15th March 2021 at 16:30

Coronavirus (15/03/21) – Update

Following the latest announcements from the Scottish Government, the SSS Competitions Committee have agreed the following:

  • All in-person events scheduled for the remainder of the 2020/21 season will be cancelled.
  • All National Squad activity will be cancelled for the remainder of the 2020/21 season, except for Cricket which remains in a tentative position due to it being a summer-based sport.
  • SSS will not plan to hold events in the spring or summer in place of the cancelled 2020/21 season, however, if SSS Sports Development Groups provide a strong case for a sport-specific activity then certain events may be considered on an ad-hoc basis.

The decisions above are supported by feedback received from members in our latest Competitions Survey and are reflected by the Scottish Governments road map out of the national lockdown.

Whilst 2020/21 has not been a year we had all hoped for, it has been encouraging to see such creativity and innovation from across the network, ensuring student communities have kept engaged and physically active throughout the pandemic.

At SSS, we have adapted wherever possible to provide some sort of competitive activity for students. Through the hard work of our outstanding volunteers, we’ve seen virtual competitive activity in the following sports; Athletics, Curing, Sailing, Karate and Triathlon, with Cross Country and Cycling events scheduled for later this month. Semester one activity included virtual Curling, Cycling, Rowing, Sailing and Triathlon competition plus the only in-person SSS event held this year – the SS Golf Autumn Trophy.

The SSS team is confident and committed to delivering a more active, more competitive and more complete sporting offering in 2021/22.

SSS will continue to work closely with our members, partners, Scottish governing bodies and sportscotland throughout the coming months and provide further guidance and information in due course.

For any COVID -19 related queries please contact Chris Purdie, Head of Competitions at chris@scottishstudentsport.com.

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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Wednesday 24th February 2021

As part of LGBT History Month, we are celebrating the Saints Sports recent equality and inclusion success! Towards the end of 2020, the University of St. Andrews became the first institution in Scotland to complete the LGBT Charter, receiving the silver award! Read the full story here.

In December of 2020 LGBT Youth Scotland announced that Saint Sport, University of St Andrews became the first University or College Sports Department in Scotland to complete the LGBT Charter and achieve the Silver award. A fantastic achievement by the Saints Sport team!

LGBT Youth Scotland’s Charter is a straightforward programme that enables your organisation to proactively include LGBT people in every aspect of your work, protecting your staff and providing high-quality service to your customers. By being awarded the Charter, it enables you to send a positive message, with confidence, that your organisation is a champion of LGBT inclusion where LGBT employees or customers will be safe, supported, and included.

We spoke to Doro Weber, Fundraising Manager at LGBT Youth Scotland, who led the Saints team through the Charter. Doro was full of praise for the Saints Sport team and their dedication throughout the project. She said:

“It was a pleasure to work with the team at Saints Sport on their LGBT Charter journey. They worked hard to make their department extremely welcoming to LGBT young people and have created a benchmark  of best practice for other sports organisations to aspire to.

“I was particularly impressed by their social media campaign around LGBT sporting icons which highlighted role models who don’t always have a spotlight shone on their achievements.”

Some of the most notable actions at Saints Sport for LGBT inclusion has seen members and staff at Saints Sport undertaking training, and a review of policies, practice and resources to make sure they are as inclusive as they can be.

Coordinating this piece of work is Saint Sport’s Head of Development Claire Scott (pictured below, right). She said:

“I am delighted that Saints Sport has been awarded the LGBT Charter Silver Award. This makes a clear statement that equality and diversity are at the heart of what we do at Saints Sport. It has been a journey of discovery, understanding and strong partnership.

“This award would not have been achieved without a team of great people around us including HR and Student Services. We have worked tirelessly to ensure Saints Sport became the first Sports Department in Scotland to complete the LGBT Charter.”

Carolina O’Neill de Sousa e Sá, is the newly appointed LGBTQ+ Lead within the Equality Steering Group. She added:

“This is a significant achievement for Saints Sport and one which should not go unnoticed. This award is evidence of Saints’ commitment to and passion for LGBTQ+ inclusion, and ultimately means LGBTQ+ staff and students will feel more supported, visible and represented. Our hope at Scottish Student Sport is that more members will follow in the footsteps of Saints Sport, and we would be thrilled to collaborate on any initiatives.”

Congratulations to the Saints Sport team and the University of St Andrews for continuing to embed the importance of inclusion throughout their work.

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Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Our Equality Steering group have recruited four new volunteers onto the group. Meet our Women’s, Ethnicity, LGBTQ+ and Disability Leads here!

The Equality Steering Group was established to advise and prompt the staff, committees and networks of SSS on all relevant aspects of equality and inclusion, with particular emphasis on ensuring adherence to a rolling Equality Action Plan for the organisation. Meet our four new volunteer leads!

Emmanuel Akerele, Ethnicity Lead

Meet Your LeadMy name is Emmanuel, I studied Corporate Communications and Public Affairs (MSc) and currently serving as the President for Education and Welfare at Robert Gordon University Student’s Union. I love and play football and I am very passionate about equality, diversity and representation within sports and wider society.

What attracted you to the role? I know that still racism exists, having experienced it myself and hearing of others’ experiences. It is imperative that everyone be anti-racist, actively against racism until it is completely eradicated. During my studies, I co-founded RGU’s Black Liberation Network which is a network of students coming together to take a stand against racism. I have also led several activist campaigns in the past such as Black History Month and hope to add more value to the subject through SSS.

Fun fact about yourself? I love football and I love scoring goals. I am a big boxing fan and my favourite sportspersons are Cristiano Ronaldo and Anthony Joshua.

 

Carolina O’Neill de Sousa e Sá, LGBTQ+ Lead

Meet Your Lead: I’m a Portuguese/American who grew up in Lisbon and has been living in Scotland since 2013. I’ve been an avid sportsperson for most of my life; taking every opportunity to get involved in sports teams, competitions, and outdoor activities. I studied at the University of Edinburgh – an undergraduate in Sports Science and a Masters in Sport Policy and International Development.

Like most people, it was during my time at uni that I really came into my shell. One thing which definitely helped me was joining the Women’s Football Club. It was a place where I felt understood and like I could be entirely myself. It was during my Masters that I developed my passion for promoting equality and diversity through sport, particularly LGBTIQ inclusion. I now work as a Project Officer for LEAP Sports (Scotland’s LGBTIQ sports charity) and Football v Homophobia Scotland.

What attracted you to the role? Student sport is a dynamic, fast-paced industry so I have always considered SSS to be an exciting organisation to be involved in. As for the role, this is a completely new role within SSS so it feels like a clean slate and something I can get creative with. LGBTIQ inclusion in sport is what I’m passionate about, and I’m really looking forward to working with students and sports clubs all over Scotland to make student sport a more welcoming space for all LGBTIQ people.

Fun fact about yourself? Not a fun fact, but my claim to fame is that I went to school – in Portugal – with Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier. He was in the year above me, and I used to play football with him during our lunch breaks.

 

Laura Pilkington, Disability Lead

Meet Your Lead: My name is Laura Pilkington and I was born with a disability called Brittle Bones disease. I am a second-year student at Robert Gordon University and I study sports and exercise science.  I am a competitive para-swimmer and have been involved in swimming for the last 10 years. I am part of the Scottish Para-Swimming team and have Scottish para-swimming records in my classification. I am currently part of both Scottish Disability Sport and sportscotland’s Young People’s Sport Panel. I am also a swimming teacher covering shifts when I have some free time!

What attracted you to the role? I am passionate about inclusion within sport and know how much being involved within sport can have such a positive impact on your life; mentally, socially, and physically. However, I know that there are barriers that prevent those with disabilities taking part. I think raising awareness of these barriers within SSS is really important as well as finding out how best we can promote inclusion within disability sport. Sport is such a big part of student life and having a disability shouldn’t stop you from participating in this! I am really excited to work with the team and SDS to increase participation.

Fun fact about yourself? I can lick my elbow!

 

Georgia Moran, Women’s Lead

Meet Your Lead: Hello, I’m Georgia, SSS’ Women’s Lead. I studied Popular Music at Edinburgh Napier University, where I got quickly involved in the Students Association for four years before being elected as VP Sports & Societies for two years after I graduated. I am now the East Regional Development Officer at The RYA Scotland.

Being VP Sports & Socs lead me to so many amazing volunteering opportunities within SSS such as Elected Students Forum Chair, Competitions, Equality and Executive Committee Member and Chair/Founder of the Women in Sport Working Group. I have a passion for Equality and Inclusion in sport and I can’t wait to continue making a positive impact on the Student Sport Sector with SSS and the rest of the Equality Steering Group.

What attracted you to the role? I am excited about this role as it will provide more positive impacts to happen within the SSS membership. I have chaired the Women in Sport Group from 2019, now and I am so excited to keep pushing forward with the rest of the team. I have loved volunteering with SSS the past couple of years and I believe this group will have some amazing outcomes.

Fun fact about yourself? When my mum and I were visiting Nashville, Tennesse we were invited on stage to sing a couple of country songs in one of the most famous bars.

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Thursday 9th July 2020

After a roller-coaster season in Scottish Student Sport, we are closing the 2019/20 chapter off with our SSS Annual Awards Ceremony. Full lists of nominees, winners and speeches here!

It safe to say that the 2019/20 academic year did not go exactly to plan with COVID-19 bringing an abrupt end to sporting activity across the county. With that said, prior to mid-march, the SSS train had been travelling full steam ahead with record numbers of club activity and event entries nationally across institutions.

Although a bittersweet end to an unusual year, the number of nominations and calibre of this years award winners pays tribute to the number of talented, dedicated and influential people we have across our student sporting network. Unfortunately, there was no fancy awards dinner celebration this year – so SSS took to Twitter to announce the winners! Here is the full lowdown of all our 2019/20 award winners – scroll down to the bottom of the page to watch the acceptance speeches!

Female Athlete of the Year: 🏆Neah Evans (University of Glasgow)🏆

Neah Evans (University of Glasgow) was announced worthy winner of the Female Athlete of the Year Award, fighting off some fierce competition from a group of very talented nominees.

Neah first started cycling whilst in her first year at Glasgow University in 2014. She went onto win seven BUCS medals in one year alone. Following University she went on to work as a veterinary surgeon before joining the Great Britain Cycling Performance Programme in 2017 to compete full time.  Since then she has gone from strength to strength – winning two Commonwealth Games medals in 2018, winning two European Championship medals and selection onto the GB squad.

In the last year, Neah has consolidated her place in the GB squad and successfully defended her Women’s Team Pursuit Crown at the European Track Championships back in October alongside teammates, Laura Kenny, Kate Archibald and Ellie Dickinson. Neah has been an inspiration to many sportspersons at the University of Glasgow and has proven that you can still reach the peak of elite sport regardless of what age you start! She was on course to be selected for Tokyo 2020 Team GB team and is a worthy winner of our Female Athlete of the Year Award.

Also nominated: Bethan Goodwin (University of Strathclyde), Emily Dark (University of St. Andrews), Lucy Glover (University of Edinburgh), Hazel MacGarvie (University of Stirling), Katie Sugden (University of Aberdeen).

Male Athlete of the Year: 🏆Duncan Scott (University of Stirling)🏆

Duncan Scott added another trophy to his growing cabinet following another ground-breaking year in the pool. After his phenomenal performances at the British Championships in April 2019, setting a new 100m British record, he went on to win gold and bronze at the World Championship in Gwangju, South Korea. It was in Gwangju that Duncan also made a stand against the Chinese athlete Sun-Yang for doping offences by refusing to share a podium with him. In addition to becoming a World Champion, Duncan further demonstrated his dominance in the pool by claiming twelve medals and five BUCS records at the BUCS short course (November 2019) long course (February 2020) swimming events in the past twelve months.

Duncan is a superb ambassador for University of Stirling, Team Scotland, Scottish Swimming and British Swimming. As well as winning multiple medals and setting new records, he continues to be a diligent student-athlete and is a shining example of what can be achieved when balancing sport alongside academia. Congratulations Duncan!

Also nominated: Francis Millward (University of St Andrews), Andy Brown (University of Strathclyde), Edward Narbett (University of Edinburgh), Stephen Mackay (UHI), David Cumberlidge (Heriot-Watt University)

Coach of the Year: 🏆Rachel Cremin (University of Strathclyde)🏆

Rachel Cremin was award Coach of the Year for season 2019/20 in what was her first year as Strathclyde University’s first-ever Director of Netball. Rachel’s impact has been monumental with all six Strathclyde netball teams finishing within the top three of their respective BUCS and GNA leagues – and a 31% increase of Netball BUCS points compared to the year previous.

Much of this success is due to Rachel’s development of the club’s coaching structure. She has ensured that all six teams have an assigned coach – drafting in and mentoring a number of volunteer and performances coaches to assist each of the teams.

She has also provided the students with fantastic opportunities to learn from the best, inviting specialist coaches from across the world to input on their training sessions including Fiji Head Coach Vicki Wilson and Australian High-Performance Coach Sue Gaudion. In addition, Rachel hosted the clubs first-ever Open Day – with over 40 prospective students in attendance to learn about the Netball programme offered at Strathclyde. Amongst all this, she created a new performance programme – aimed to accelerate players’ development and ensure that they maximise their on-court potential. Well done Rachel!

Also nominated: Sophie Tyler (University of St. Andrews), Steve Tigg (University of Stirling), Lewis McCue (University of Aberdeen & Robert Gordon University), Claire Cruikshank (University of Edinburgh).

Volunteer of the Year: 🏆Hamish Townshend (University of Edinburgh)🏆

Hamish Townshend was awarded the SSS Volunteer of the Year after an exceptional year as the first-ever Wellbeing & Inclusion Officer for Edinburgh University Snows Sports Club. Hamish identified a gap within the club committee and recognised that more needed to be done with regards to wellbeing and inclusion in the sport. Taking on the role himself, Hamish completely changed the culture within the snow sports club and led the way on the wellbeing and inclusion agenda within the Edinburgh University Sports Union.

Some of his successes included forming an advice place within the club – a drop-in session that shares key university service information. He delivered numerous stressbuster events during winter exam periods and ran a series of events during mental-health and wellbeing week.

On the slopes, he facilitated the delivery of adaptive skiing lesson and organised adapted guide training to upskill 10 members to support with delivering adaptive skiing lessons. On the ski Christmas trip, Hamish provided a wide range of activities for students to take part in including alpine yoga sessions, Savoyard food tasting, Alpine spa sessions, freestyle workshops and Igloo events.

In addition, Hamish had a positive impact on the Edinburgh University Sports Union too. He shared the stories of the clubs best practice and offered practical advice to 64 clubs on how they could replicate some of the fantastic work within their own clubs. He also shaped the sports unions wellbeing and inclusion remits and widely advertised all of his session and events to students from any sports club. Hamish’s undermining passion to support member wellbeing and create a more inclusive club environment makes him a worthy winner of this award. Hats off Hamish!

Also nominated: Craig Stephen (University of Stirling), Lucy Cottee (University of St Andrews), Eilidh Sneddon (University of Strathclyde), Lana Neish (Heriot-Watt University), Jordan Moore (Robert Gordon University), Matthew Simpson (University of Dundee), Aaron Johnson (University of Aberdeen).

Club of the Year:🏆Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds🏆

Edinburgh University Hares and Hounds were awarded the SSS Club of the Year after a hugely successful 19/20 season both on and off the track. Club membership numbers sore to a record 168, a rise courtesy of the inclusive nature of the club welcoming beginner runners all the way through to GB runners. Some of their highlights from the year include;

Inclusion was a main focus of the club and they lobbied with BUCS competitions committee to make BUCS cross country more inclusive and fair across male and female categories which was successfully voted through. In terms of development, the club ensured all first-year runners were put through a jog leader qualification, with the aim to develop them as future coaches. The club also formalised a pathway with Scottish Athletics aimed to get more student members involved with officiating.

On the performance side of things, the club had numerous medallists at a variety of prestigious events with the club winning medals male and female team medals at the Scottish Student Cross Country Championship. In terms of their own organised events the club developed strong community links inviting students, staff and students from other institutions to attend a number of their charity events including the annual Braid Hills Race, Kings Buildings 5 and EUSU Zombie 5k.

Alongside these charity events the club hosted and delivered the BUCS Cross Country Championships in January with over 3000 athletes participating from across the length and breadth of the UK.

Not even COVID-19 could stop the Hares & Hounds. Even in lockdown, the club delivered the Scottish Virtual Road Relays which saw 132 team entries with over 540 runners competing. A fantastic year all in all and worthy winners of our Club of the Year Award.

Also nominated: St Andrews University Boat Club, Stirling University Volleyball Club, Dundee University Trampoline Club, Heriot-Watt University Volleyball Club, Aberdeen University Cheerleading Club.

Team of the Year: 🏆University of Stirling Men’s Swimming Team🏆

The University of Stirling Men’s Swimming Team had an unrivalled year in the pool – winning both the BUCS Long and Short Course Titles.

The men’s team took Sheffield by storm back in November 2019 winning the BUCS Short Course title with a total 209 points – a lead of 25 points to second place. The team claimed 10 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze medals across the competition, with Duncan Scott breaking 5 BUCS recorders and claiming top performer of the competition!

In the BUCS Long Course, the team made history as they returned to Sheffield in February 2020. The team took home men’s title, breaking a 32-year long winning streak of Loughborough University. It was a close run affair with Stirling finishing on 176 points to Loughborough’s 168. Along with the title the team picked up 7 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals whilst breaking the BUCS record in the Men’s 4X100m Freestyle Medley and 4X100m Medley Relay. A sensational effort from everyone involved!

Also nominated: St. Andrews Women’s Football 1st Team, Edinburgh University Boat Club Women’s 1st VIII, Strathclyde Badminton Men’s Doubles, Heriot-Watt Squash Men’s 1st Team.

Honorary Presidents Award: 🏆Georgia Moran🏆

The inaugural Honorary President’s award was won by Georgia Moran, outgoing sabbatical officer at Napier University. Georgia’s journey through student sports has been a fruitful one from student sports club member to committee volunteer and then sports sabbatical officer.

Having just finished her second year as VP of Sports and Societies at Napier University Georgia has been an invaluable member to the SSS Tribe throughout her time in post. Her impact on the SSS network as a whole is noteworthy; she chairs the elected-student sabbatical forum, sits on the SSS executive, BUCS Advisory Group and Chairs the Women in Sport Group. She also appeared on the first episode of the SSS Podcast and slept out in Princess Street Garden as part of ‘The Big Sleep Out’ to raise awareness and funds to help fight homelessness in Scotland.

On top of her commitments to various focus groups and projects, Georgia has been a great role model to a number of first-time sabbatical officers who value her help and support greatly. Georgia’s undeniable passion for student sport extends well beyond her remit at Napier University and can be felt throughout the entire student network. A worthy first winner of this award and a tough act to follow – Well done Georgia!

Also nominated: Sally Sandison (University of St. Andrews)

Massive congratulations to all our nominees and award winners – these awards are a great example of some of the world-class talent student sport has to offer. Not only that, these awards showcase of only a handful of the hundreds of volunteers, coaches and sports clubs across the country who all work tirelessly throughout the season to facilitate student sport, creating a more inclusive, safe and enjoyable environment for students – thank you all for your hard work this year!

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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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