Scottish Student Sport has been partnered with Scottish Disability Sport for over 10 years with the aim to develop the sport and physical activity opportunities that students with disabilities within Scotland have.
The SSS and SDS Partnership Agreement focused on four key areas of work;
- Students with a disability to be more active
- Promote volunteering opportunities
- Building connections and improving relationships
- Training for students and student teachers to attend sport-related courses
Boccia Pathway Development
In November 2022, SSS and SDS hosted the first student Boccia Festival at the University of Stirling. After a successful application to SSS’ Special Projects fund, eight SSS members were awarded a Boccia set as well as a place on SDS’ Boccia Leaders Award ensuring Boccia sessions can be led for students on campus in the near future.
The successful members are;
- City of Glasgow College
- Perth College UHI
- Edinburgh Napier University
- Heriot Watt University
- University of Stirling
- University of West of Scotland
- University of Aberdeen
- University of Edinburgh
As this is a new sport to the student sector, the creation of a Boccia network is underway. So if you too are interested in developing the para-sport on campus, please reach out to SSS and/or SDS.
Student Disability Forums
In order to ensure the visibility and opportunities for students with disabilities are improving on campus, SSS & SDS recommend the creation of a disability forum. Here are the groups we recommend get around the table;
- Lead Staff Sport Union/Student Association
- President Sport Union/Student Assocation
- Students with disabilities/para-athletes
- Elected Disability Officer
- Student Services
- Facility Staff
- SDS Regional Development Manager
- SSS Inclusion & Culture Coordinator
SSS & SDS have great examples of what the forum can look like and what it can achieve. Please reach out if you’d like to know more or want assistance in setting up.