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Record investment in Scottish Student Sport Development

10 Jun 2014

A joint investment of £195,000 per annum into Scottish student sport has been announced today (Tuesday June 10) by the Scottish Funding Council and sportscotland.

While some students find or develop their sporting careers in further education, there is also a marked drop-off rate in participation when young people leave the school sport structure. This innovative partnership between sportscotland, the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Student Sport aims to address that issue through a strong regional student sport network.

In 2013 sportscotland funded a pilot project to support the appointment of a regional development officer in Tayside and Fife. The project was welcomed by local partners and has paid dividends, with good links being established between student and community sport, while club membership targets were exceeded.

As a result, an annual joint investment of £195,000 from sportscotland and the Scottish Funding Council to Scottish Student Sport was agreed to build on the success of the pilot in Tayside and Fife.

The new investment will allow a development manager to be employed to support the development of student sport across Scotland and meet expanding capacity demands as interest in sport continues to grow ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Two additional regional posts will also be supported through the increased investment to support the work of the development manager.

As the investment was announced at the Scottish Student Sport Conference in Glasgow, Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said:

“We are making significant progress in implementing a world-class sporting system at all levels. The connection between school sport, club sport, and high performance 2 sport is crucial in our drive to provide more and better opportunities for people to become involved in sport and physical activity, and student sport as a critical part of that pathway.

“Today’s investment marks a further commitment from sportscotland to support our partners in Scottish Student Sport to grow the student sport network across the country. By strengthening links with community clubs talented students will have every opportunity to flourish, paving the way for our future champions.

Laurence Howells, chief executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said:

“I’m delighted we’ve been able to commit almost £200,000 over the next 3 years to this important initiative. I’m also pleased this is happening in partnership with sportscotland and Scottish Student Sport as this is the type of collaboration that encourages new ideas and can really make things happen.

“As a result of this joint investment, a student starting college or university anywhere in Scotland will now have better opportunities to participate in sport, more ways to meet new people and more ways to try new things. It’s a fantastic example of how the student experience can be enriched.”

Brian Ewing, Chair of Scottish Student Sport (SSS) added:

“This new investment will help us achieve our vision of placing Scottish Student Sport at the heart of a world class system for physical activity and student sport.

“sportscotland and Scottish Funding Council funding will enable SSS to influence exciting regional developments - supporting our outstanding student volunteers and adding value to the work of our members and partners.”