Thursday 31st October 2019

Find out all about SSS’ new partnership with Row Britannia and their new campaign ‘Unite and Row for Mental Health’ aimed at raising awareness for mental health in students and young people. Find out more and get involved here!

Scottish Student Sport are delighted to partner with Row Britannia to support their inspiring new initiative aimed at raising awareness for mental health in students and young people.

Row Britannia is an inclusive (adaptive sport) mental health, fitness and wellbeing challenge by the British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) which aims to raise positive awareness and vital funds for Sport Relief.

The Row Britannia Challenge for Sport Relief is a UK-wide campaign event that will bring together a whole range of universities, colleges, education and sports governing bodies, British sporting icons and communities.

The Challenge: Row Britannia is a team challenge rowing challenge whereby teams are invited to row 2020 miles between 12th November 2019 and 13th March 2020 to raise money for Sport Relief.
Follow the link to register your team now!

The three main aims of the campaign are too:

  • Support student mental health, fitness and wellbeing whilst fundraising for Sport Relief
  • Deliver inspiration and raise awareness by inviting British Sporting Icons and Mental Health Ambassadors to visit universities and colleges throughout the 4-month challenge.
  • Secure pledges from corporations, businesses and philanthropists and raise vital funds for our collaboration of Mental Health Charity Partners.

The Row Britannia Team have challenged every University Committee Chair, Vice-Chancellor and College Principal to work together and invite companies to pledge support and match their student fundraising targets in order to raise funds for our mental health charity partners.

Scottish Student Sport’s Chief Operating Officer Stew Fowlie is encouraging institutions to get involved with the campaign. He said:

“Mental Health affects us all and we will invite and encourage our Scottish Student Unions to register and row to raise funds for Sport Relief.”

“Scottish Student Sport are delighted to partner with Row Britannia and support this inspiring initiative for students and young people. We are delighted that this is an inclusive event and should any of our Student Unions need advice on Adaptive Rowing, we are here to assist. Mental Health affects us all and we will invite and encourage our Scottish Student Unions to register and row to raise funds for Sport Relief.

“We will also encourage University Vice-Chancellors and College Principles to work together and secure their collective fundraising targets for Row Britannia’s partner Mental Health Charities.”

To find out more about the initiative head over to the Row Britannia website.

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Thursday 6th April 2017

A partnership towards future personal development

It may go without saying that students and young people are at the heart of everything we do at Scottish Student Sport, but to bring this to life it is worth considering this phrase a little more closely…

Not only are Scotland’s students the focal point for the events we deliver – over 200 days of sports competition and development per year – but they also help to drive our vision and decision making, shape and lead our activities, and help us to be effective and responsive to our membership.

Indeed it is the energy, imagination, dedication and gumption of our people that allows SSS to progress and to innovate, to create and to achieve.

As we enter our new strategic plan it is hugely exciting to be able to team up with a new partner that places just the same emphasis on the importance of people, and to providing opportunities that will shape their futures. An organisation that understands the transformational power that young people bring to sport and that sport brings to young people. That organisation is International Exchange of North America (IENA).

IENA is a leading provider of international exchange through the summer camp experience and work placement opportunities in and from USA, Canada and over a dozen other countries and territories worldwide. Through a network of over 3,000 destinations IENA is uniquely placed to provide meaningful and life-shaping experiences for young people to travel, coach, lead, learn and discover.

SSS and IENA will be combining forces throughout 2017 and 2018 to provide new and better opportunities to students from Scotland to develop themselves through sport and recreation. Through a vibrant partnership built on creative and collective ambition we will create routes that will allow young people to gain experience as leaders and deliverers, engage their peers, and further themselves through sport.

‘International Exchange of North America (IENA) is so pleased to partner with SSS.  SSS is a key national organisation in Scotland that delivers opportunities and pathways for students and young people to sport and physical recreation, and to personal and professional development and growth.  IENA strongly supports the goals of SSS, and seeks to contribute to them by providing opportunities for international travel and employment, particularly within summer camps and employment and internship programmes in USA, and other countries Worldwide.

Key to IENA’s partnership support is the provision of resources towards SSS work in the areas of coaching, volunteering and club development within education and its community.  We look forward to future conversations and achievements.’

– Lawrie Randak, IENA Programme Manager Scotland

‘It is hugely exciting to be able to team up with a new partner that places just the same emphasis as SSS on the importance of people, and to providing opportunities that will shape their futures.  All of us at SSS look forward to working with IENA to create unforgettable personal development opportunities for Scotland’s students.’

– Stew Fowlie, COO Scottish Student Sport

For more information about the amazing work of IENA, please click their logo at the foot of the page. To learn more about bespoke opportunities within Scotland then please get in touch with the SSS office via info@scottishstudentsport.com or on 0131 650 9654.

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