Wednesday 6th January 2021
Ian Lowe joins Scottish Student Sport
SSS have been busy in the January transfer market… We are delighted to announce our latest new signing – Ian Lowe! Ian joins the team as the new Head of Development. Find out more about our latest recruit here.
Ian Lowe joins the SSS Squad for the remainder of the 2020/21 season. We caught up with Ian on his first day to get to know him a little better…
Ian is well established within the Scottish Student Sport network and the Scottish sporting landscape on the whole. Following a brief career as a professional footballer (Dundee United & Forfar), Ian went onto study Sports Coaching and Development at Abertay University.
From there Ian worked at Abertay University in a number of different roles spanning nearly 14 years in two different stints. These experiences include part-time lecturing, Sports Development Manager, Project Manager for the Dundee Academy of Sport and most recently, Student Services Manager. In between his two spells at Abertay, Ian held the position of East Region Development Manager at the SFA for 5 years. A passionate football fan, Ian also sits on the Board at the Dundee United Community Trust.
Ian will now head up the Development team at Scottish Student Sport in a challenging time for everyone given the current pandemic. Speaking on his first day in the role Ian emphasised his desire to make a difference and rebuild the student experience. He said:
“A lot of my previous roles have been working regionally so I am excited to step up and work on a national scale. Like everyone, students have had a tough time recently.
“Their way of life has been severely disrupted, with much of the usual university and college experience disappearing overnight. I am determined to help, support and restore the positive student experience that all our students deserve with sport, physical activity and extra-circular activities at the heart of that.”
Tell us about one of your student sport highlights?
“Back in my student playing days, we played in a European football tournament in Paris. I can’t quite remember if we qualified for it or if we just paid an entry fee to enter. We played against teams from all across the continent on the old school red-ash pitches. It was great fun playing with your mates and exploring the city too.”
The best sporting moment you have witnessed live?
“This is a tough one. Dundee United beating Ross Country at Hampden in front of 30,000 United fans to win the Scottish Cup was pretty special. But in terms of the best experience it has got to be going to Wimbledon. We applied for tickets through our local Tennis club and lucky got some through the ballot. I remember looking at the date and thinking that is quite late on in the tournament… it turns out we got tickets to the Wimbledon Final – Djokovic v Federer – we couldn’t believe our luck!”
Lockdown Learning… What new skills or hobbies did you learn from the first lockdown?
“What I learned from the first lockdown is that we are all tougher and more resilient than we think. In the first lockdown the ‘I don’t have the time’ excuse disappeared. My mindset changed and like most people, I began to appreciate and enjoy the simple things in life – getting outdoors, chatting to the neighbours over a garden fence, cycling, running and keeping fit!”
We asked Ian a couple of testing quickfire questions to get to know him a little better. No judging!
Heroes or Celebrations? Heroes
Tea or Coffee? Coffee (one sweetener)
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Hibs or Hearts? Dundee United
Favourite Sport? Football
Favourite Cereal: Coco Pops
Favourite biscuit: Chocolate Digestive
Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi
If you could go on holiday next week where would you go? Skiing in Courchevel
Wake up time: 7am
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