Thursday 14th December 2023


Volunteer spotlight | Highlighting amazing people within the Scottish Student Sport Network

Volunteer spotlight | Highlighting amazing people within the Scottish Student Sport Network

Emory Anderson, a student at the University of St Andrews, embodies the spirit of dedicated community service and impactful volunteering, leaving an indelible mark at both the local and international level. Her commitment to fostering connections between the university and the town, particularly in the realm of football, stands as a testament to her passion for sport and community engagement.

From 2022 till the present, Emory has served as the University of St Andrews Football Club Marketing Representative, playing a pivotal role in elevating the club’s visibility. Notably, she amplified the club’s presence by extending its reach globally, especially in the USA, through strategic attendance at football showcases and the recruitment of prospective players. Emory’s efforts were not confined to administrative roles; she spearheaded successful charity football events, specifically aiming to nurture the growth of local girl footballers, thereby making a significant impact within the community.

Her commitment to fostering inclusivity and empowering young female athletes was further demonstrated through her volunteer coaching at the St Andrews and East Fife Girls Football Club. Introducing strength and conditioning sessions for local female youth players and actively coaching the U16 team, Emory aimed to expand the participation of girls in football while imparting valuable skills and knowledge, showcasing a dedication to gender equality in sports.

Emory’s involvement in football-related volunteering extended globally with her participation in the FIFA Women’s World Cup internship in Australia and New Zealand in 2023. At the FIFA Accreditation Center in Dunedin, NZ, she played a vital role in ensuring the smooth execution of pre-match ceremonies and verifying accreditation, contributing significantly to the seamless organisation of this prestigious sporting event. Her involvement in the Women’s World Cup underscored her commitment to promoting women’s sports and representing Scottish Students on a global platform, advocating for inclusivity, and highlighting the pivotal role of female athletes in international football.

Emory’s dedication to football volunteering, community engagement, and the promotion of inclusivity both locally and globally stands as a beacon of inspiration within the student community. Her multifaceted contributions exemplify the transformative power of volunteering in creating connections and positive change, leaving a lasting impact on the communities she serves within university and beyond.

Emory has recently joined the Scottish Student Football Development Group as a Student Representative, and we’re delighted that she’ll continue to impact student football at the national level through her valuable input!

Do you know an amazing volunteer that deserved recognition? Send an email to Cameron to feature them.