Wednesday 29th April 2020

The numbers are in and SSS are excited to announce a 12% growth in club membership numbers in the 2019/20 academic year. Check out the sport-specific breakdown and highlights here!

Scottish Student Sport are delighted to report that across Scotland, the collective total club membership numbers has reached just under 40,000.  Here are some of the facts behind the numbers…

  • Across 571 student sports clubs there are 39,947 individuals reported to be taking part in club activity. This healthy annual growth of 12% is representative of the hard work put in by the staff, volunteers and students at each institution working hard to ensure good quality, fun and friendly sport and physical activity are available on campus.
  • We are delighted to see a huge increase in the reported involvement of students with a disability with that number reaching a total of 1,330 students.
  • The sex balance reported is 45% male, 48% female and 6% unknown.
  • There is slight movement in the top 10 sports per membership numbers with Netball moving up and Tennis moving down. Each sport in the top 10, with the exception of mountaineering, have all increased in size since the 2018/19 reporting.

Please see below a snapshot of the data capture. If you have any questions regarding the data then please email Development & Competitions Assistant Leah Davidson.


Wednesday 15th April 2020

SSS are delighted to announce the appointment of the three new SSS Sports Chairs! Find out more about your new Football, Basketball and Netball Chairs here!

SSS are delighted to announce the appointment of our three new Sports Chairs.

Eamonn Laird, current Club Development Officer at the University of Dundee will take charge of all things Scottish Student Basketball. Emma Cartmill, Sports Union Administrator at Heriot-Watt University has been appointed SSS Netball Chair, with Sports Management student, Molly Hyde, taking up the role of SSS Football Chair.

Welcome Eamonn!

Following a move back to Scotland after a stint at the University of Leeds, Eamonn will be taking on the role of Scottish Student Basketball Chair where he will be the one of the key voices in the development of the student game. In the coming months, Eamonn will be working closely with SSS staff and Basketball Scotland to establish a development group to support the growth of the sport across the student network.

Welcome Emma!

Only a year removed from being a student and competing with the SS Netball National Squad in 2019, Emma brings first-hand knowledge to the role of Scottish Student Netball Chair. In this role, Emma will be working closely with SSS staff and Netball Scotland in leading the work of the Netball Development group to support the growth of student Netball. Emma is keen to build strong communication between the clubs and SSS.

Welcome Molly!

After a tremendous start as the Scottish Student Football Women’s National Squad Team Manager, Molly has been appointed as the new Scottish Student Football Chair for the upcoming two seasons. In addition to supporting the women’s national squad, Molly will be chairing the Football Development committee and leading the development of the overall Football programme. When asked about her appointment, Molly stated:

“I’m extremely excited and proud to be selected as the new Chair for Scottish Student Football. I look forward to working with all of the stakeholders to help drive some positive changes. Student sport is instrumental in the student experience as it helps maintains good mental health while studying, an area I am extremely passionate about. It has also been fantastic to see the growth of student women’s football, and hope that I can support it grow further.”

If you would like to contact our new volunteers to discuss the development of their specific sport, please use the contact details listed below:

SSS Basketball Chair – Eamonn Laird

SSS Football Chair – Molly Hyde

SSS Netball Chair – Emma Cartmill



Monday 20th January 2020

Clayton – Littler, Heriot-Watt’s Sports Union Vice President, has been awarded the inaugural Volunteer of the Semester for her continuous dedication to volunteering within student sport during autumn 2019.

Holly began the semester leading Heriot-Watt’s Sports Union Ambassador programme, overseeing a team of 50 additional volunteers as the group welcomed first year students at several sport tasters sessions held across campus right from the beginning of welcome week.

In addition, Holly continues to play both Gaelic Football and Netball at a 1st team level all while holding committee position for both clubs.

When she was told she had won, Holly explained, “I volunteer for Heriot-Watt Sports Union because I love it! Since I joined the university the Sports Union has had a massive impact on me. Playing sport at university does incredible things and as Heriot-Watt Sports Union has given me so much it’s nice to give a little back”

She has done more than a little – with Holly’s support, the Sports Union  have been able to introduce Microsoft Teams to strengthen internal communication as well implement new systems to raise the profile and visibility on what’s on offer at Heriot-Watt.

Ben Graham, President of the Sports Union at Heriot-Watt, describes Holly as an exceptional leader at the office, on court, and on the pitch even throughout the busiest times of her Accounting and Finance Degree, quoted as saying “the president’s job becomes infinitely easier with the dedication and support of a Vice President like Holly.”

On behalf of the SSStribe, we would like to say congratulations to Holly for all her efforts – keep up the great work!

Volunteer of Semester – winter 2020

Does your institution have a committed student volunteer just like Holly? Why not submit their details for our next Volunteer of the Semester award?

The winning student will receive a £50 Amazon voucher as well as have a profile piece published by Scottish Student Sport.

Nominations are now open and can be submitted by a member of staff or your sabbatical officer via the SSS awards portal found here.

Nominations will close 24th April. 

For more information or if you have any general enquiries, please contact Development and Competitions Assistant, Leah Davidson.


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 30th October 2019

The SSS team are excited to announce the launch of a new volunteering award, the SSS Volunteer of the Semester.

This award is to celebrate the achievements of students from across the country who play a vital part in the organisation and delivery of sport and physical activity at Scotland’s Universities and Colleges.

The Volunteer of the Semester Award will run in both Semester 1 and Semester 2. Any current student, at a member institution, who has made an outstanding contribution during the semester is eligible to be nominated.

The nominees may have been involved in a variety of volunteering roles such as exceptional administrative services, club servant, committee member, leader, official or coach.

Nominations should be submitted by a staff member or sabbatical officer via our Awards Portal here. Nominations close on Friday, 15th November so get your nominations in today!

If you have any questions then please feel free to contact Development and Competitions Assistant, Leah Davidson.