Scottish Sports Awards Finalists 2023

Male Athlete

Josh Kerr (Athletics)

Josh produced a stunning final 200m to kick past Norwegian favourite Jacob Ingebritsen and take 1500m gold at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. He also took two podium finishes on the Diamond League circuit, placing second in Zurich and third in Lausanne and rounded out his season with victory at the 5th Avenue Mile in New York.

Robert MacIntyre (Golf)

MacIntyre became the first Scot since 2014 to make the Ryder Cup team after finishing 3rd in the European Points List, claiming an automatic slot. The 27-year-old impressed on his Ryder Cup debut, remaining unbeaten as the Europeans regained the trophy with a 16 ½ – 11 ½ victory. Earlier in the year the Oban native finished an agonising second to Rory McIlroy at the Scottish Open in East Lothian despite a 6-under 64 on a wind-swept final day, and had a further five top-10 finishes.

Duncan Scott (Swimming)

Following a year which saw him pull out of the 2022 World and European Championships over health concerns, Duncan was back on the global podium with a full set of medals at the 2023 World Championships in Japan. He won gold in the 4 x 200m Freestyle, silver in the 200m Individual Medley and bronze in the 4 x100m Mixed Freestyle.

Female Athlete

Katie Archibald (Cycling)

Katie took gold in the Team Pursuit at the World Championships alongside her GB team-mates, taking the title with a huge winning margin of 4.5 seconds over New Zealand. It was the first GB win in this event since 2014. At the European Championships in February she was a triple gold medallist, topping the podium in the Omnium, Madison and Team Pursuit. She also took second place in the UCI Track Champions League, which concluded in December 2022. All her achievements came on the back of an incredibly difficult year, having lost her partner Rab Wardell to sudden cardiac arrest in August 2022. She had also battled a series of injuries, with shoulder surgery in January, she then sustained a back fracture, contracted Covid and, in a crash at a World Cup Event in May, suffered a broken collarbone and concussion. Just weeks later she was hit by a car while out training, sustaining ankle injuries. Her tenacity to come back to compete at the top level in 2023 has been remarkable.

Seonaid McIntosh (Shooting)

The 2023 season has been a season of firsts for both Seonaid and British Shooting. Seonaid began by picking up a bronze medal as part of a 3-woman air rifle team at the ISSF Grand Prix in Ruse, Slovakia. In February she became the first British athlete, male or female, ever to win gold in an ISSF Air Rifle event when competing at the World Cup in Cairo. She then followed up this history-making achievement in March by winning a silver medal at the European Championships, also in air rifle, losing narrowly in the final but securing Team GB a quota place for Paris 2024. In a season that saw Seonaid set new personal bests in both the Air Rifle and 3-Position Rifle events, she travelled to the ISSF World Cup in Baku in May where she won a gold medal in the women’s 3-Position Rifle event and set a new World Record for a score achieved in the final.

Beth Potter (Triathlon)

Having switched sports from athletics just 6 years ago, Beth had the season of her life, beginning with a first World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS) win in Abu Dhabi in March. She added victories in London in April and Montreal in June, plus second at both WTCS Hamburg and WTCS Sunderland. Then, in August, all eyes were on Paris for the Olympic test event. Beth finishing first in a race that she will very much hope is an omen for 2024. She also helped the British Mixed Team Relay team to second place at the same event. The season finale was the World Series Final in Pontevedra where Beth put in an incredible performance to be crowned World Champion and secure Olympic selection for Paris 2024.

Para Athlete

Stephen Clegg (Swimming)

Stephen took gold in the S12 100m Backstroke and silver in both the 100m Butterfly and 100m freestyle at the World Para-Swimming Championships in Manchester. His 100m Backstroke victory came on the back of a new British record in the heats of 1:00.01, a time he went close to once again in the final. In May he became the first S12 swimmer ever to break 28 seconds for the 50m Backstroke, breaking the World record with 27.79 to take gold at the Para-Swimming World Series in Berlin. He added a second gold in the 100m Backstroke, plus silver in the Mixed Relay and bronze in the 50m Butterfly to round out a fantastic performance.

Neil Fachie OBE (Cycling)

Neil has a prolific record in his chosen sport with no fewer than 26 gold and 8 silver medals collected from World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Paralympic Games. This medal haul makes him one of the most successful Para athletes of all time. Neil continued his prolific form into 2023 when Glasgow hosted the UCI Cycling World Championships this summer. Neil, with pilot Matt Rotherham, was back on the podium winning three gold medals in the Men’s B 1Km Time Trial, B Sprint and B Team Sprint. This brings Neil’s World Championships record to an impressive 19 titles.

Samantha Kinghorn (Athletics)

Samantha was on top form at the World Para-Athletics Championships in Paris in July, winning four medals: T53 100m gold, setting a championship record of 15.93, and silver in the 400m, 800m and 4x100m. Her 100m win was the third world title of her career as she took a notable scalp in holding off the challenge of World Record holder Catherine Debrunner of Switzerland. The championships were even more special as she was named as co-captain of the GB team. In the form of her life, she has set personal bests at 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m this year.

Young Athlete

Kirsty Muir (Skiing)

18-year-old Kirsty earned a first X Games medal with bronze in the women’s ski big air in Aspen, Colorado, beating Olympic bronze medallist Switzerland’s Mathilde Gremaud by a point for the last place on the podium. She added a second bronze two days later in the slopestyle event. She rounded out a successful season by winning double gold in ski slopestyle and the banked slalom at the British Championships.

Ben Sandilands (Athletics)

Ben took gold in the T20 1500m at the World Para Athletics Championships, beating senior opposition at the age of just 19. He was fifth with just 200m remaining but produced a blistering finish to take the honours in 3.52.42, breaking his own European record and setting a new championship record. He also took victory in a mixed classification 1500m at the London Diamond League and T20 1500m at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai. Running in mainstream athletics, he also took silver over 800m at the Scottish National Championships.

Matthew Ward (Swimming)

Matthew had an exceptional year, he competed at the European Junior Swimming Championships and at the Commonwealth Youth Games Trinbago 2023, finishing on the podium at both events. He took bronze in the 200m Individual Medley at the European Juniors, before becoming Scotland’s record medalist at the Commonwealth Youth Games with seven medals: four gold and three silver. No other athlete had ever won more than five Youth Games medals. He showed himself to be a fantastic team-mate and inspiration to others competing at the event and was named Team Scotland’s flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony.


Scotland Men’s National Team (Football)

In an incredible run, Scotland took five wins from five in their opening matches of Euro 2024 qualifiers, with 12 goals scored and one conceded to lead Group A. The string of results made it 11 wins in a row in group qualifiers. They began their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a 3-0 win over Cyprus, followed by a 2-0 victory over three-time champions and 2010 World Cup winners Spain. A late comeback against Norway saw the Scots snatch a 2-1 win before winning 2-0 against Georgia and another 3-0 win over Cyprus. Despite a loss in their second match v Spain, their qualification is now secured.

Team Mouat (Curling)

Bruce Mouat, Grant Hardie, Bobby Lammie and Hammy McMillan successfully defended their European title, to begin an impressive 2022/23 season. They went on to victory at the 2023 World Curling Championships in April, all the more impressive because of the way they brushed aside the host nation inside a passionate packed arena in Canada. That breakthrough success also saw them become only the second Scottish team to win the Euros and the Worlds in the same season, matching the achievement of the team skipped by McMillan’s father in 1999. They have since started the 2023/24 season by winning their first two Tour events and in doing so, have reclaimed their world number one ranking.

Team Scotland Trinbago 2023 Rugby 7s (Rugby)

Team Scotland’s Rugby 7s team at the Trinbago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games exceeded all expectations, taking gold in a tense final against Fiji and becoming the first Scottish team sport to win a medal at any Commonwealth Games event. Beating teams of the calibre of South Africa and Fiji, in extreme temperatures, and having only come together three weeks before the competition, showed ability, teamwork, endurance, and skill. They were undefeated in the group stage, with the exception of a heavy loss to Fiji, so to show such belief and turn this result around in the final to take gold was a phenomenal achievement.


Steve Clarke (Football)

Appointed Scotland manager in 2019, Steve has lead the national team to qualification for Euro 2024 with two games remaining. Scotland won their first five qualifying matches, against Cyprus (twice), Norway, Georgia and, most notably, three-time champions and 2010 World Cup winners Spain.

Steve Doig standing in the stands at an athletics track

Steve Doig (Athletics)

Steve coaches athletes from Fife AC and Pitreavie AAC, his integrated group includes several para-athletes competing at the highest level. There was significant success for his athletes including bronze for Caleb MacLeod at the Commonwealth Youth Games and gold for Ben Sandilands at the World Para Athletics Championships in Paris in the T20 1500m. Both Owen Miller and Steve Bryce also ran in that world final and for a coach to have three athletes make a World final is unparalleled. Steve had two athletes selected for the Virtus World Games in Vichy where Sam Fernando won silver in 3000m steeplechase. This summer he was part of the team staff at the World Para Championships and Head Coach at the Virtus Games.

Gareth Murray (Basketball)

Gareth guided Caledonia Gladiators (formerly Glasgow Rocks) to victory in the British Basketball League Trophy, taking this title for the first time in the club’s history and ending a 20 year wait for a trophy. David Sloan’s last-second three-pointer clinched a 73-70 win over Cheshire Phoenix – and the title – in Glasgow. The team also enjoyed their best British League finish for six years and made it to the semi-finals of the BBL Cup.

Sport Governing Body

Scottish Athletics

The past 12 months have been hugely successful for scottishathletics with a 3% increase in membership and an impressive 6.5% growth for their recreational running programme, jogscotland. Internationally, Scottish athletes have shone: Josh Kerr became 1500m World Champion, making it back-to-back successes for Scottish athletes in the event. Three Scots were crowned global Champions at the World Para Champs – superb performances from Samantha Kinghorn, Ben Sandilands and Gavin Drysdale. Nicole Yeargin also won World bronze as part of the 4x400m team in Budapest. Indoors, there was European gold for Laura Muir and silver for Neil Gourley. Alyson Bell, Megan Keith and Alice Goodall won golds at the European U23 Championships, and six Scots enjoyed team success across two World Mountain Running Championships. Elite success has been matched by grassroots innovation with a new approach to delivering the national SUPERteams event for under 12s resulting in an increase of 66% in the number of teams taking part and 82% in the number of athletes competing. The innovative partnership between SAMH and scottishathletics goes from strength to strength, helping inform the SAMH Moving Through Menopause research published in 2023, building on work to form jogscotland’s menopause friendly jogging groups. The jogscotland #MenopauseFriendly campaign has offered support and education for Jog Leaders and members to encourage more joggers to stay active through this stage of life and beyond.

Scottish Cycling

The highlight of 2023 for Scottish Cycling was the UCI Cycling World Championships, which the organisation used to leverage long-term positive impact. Working closely with the organising body, Scottish Cycling was appointed ‘Official Activation Partner’ and ‘Official Legacy Partner’, and tasked with leading the delivery of some of the policy impact objectives that the event set out to achieve. In the build-up and during the event, Scottish Cycling delivered no fewer than 86 new events, aimed at a target audience of young people and those new to cycling, that saw some 4259 participants take part. During the Championships themselves there was a further 200 hours of on the ground delivery, with fun cycling activations and giveaways, aimed at raising awareness and engaging with potential new members. Scottish riders also won 21 medals and 11 rainbow jerseys across a range of disciplines. Further medal success came with 11 medals at the Commonwealth Youth Games, playing a big role to support Team Scotland’s most successful ever Games. 2023 also saw the launch of a new website, aimed at providing a clear, coherent place for all types of cyclists to go to if they want to engage with cycling and find their nearest activity. Partnership working has been a strong theme through 2023, with Scottish Cycling working to deliver key projects aimed at high SIMD areas, women, ethnic minorities and disability groups.

Scottish Disability Sport

Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) have had an outstanding year, supporting and developing inclusion from grassroots to performance level.  Their activity has included delivering weekly session, annual events, and supporting underrepresented groups to access sports clubs. Referral programmes were put in place in 12 of 14 NHS Health Boards in Scotland to support the referral of 21 participants with disabilities from allied health professionals. SDS national events saw a 144% increase in competitors from 2021/22. A record breaking nine parasport festivals took place in five regions across Scotland with participants from 30 of 32 local authority areas. The SDS Athlete Academy coordinated in partnership with SportsAid Scotland, with 23 athletes supported across 11 sports. Education learning opportunities have continued to grow in 2022/23 with 165 learning opportunities with 26442 participants. Ongoing partnership with Scottish Student Sport and 19 universities/colleges to support the inclusion of participants, pupils and student learners with disabilities, with the addition of the first Student Sport boccia competition in November 2022. SDS has delivered two pilot “Engaging Ethnically Diverse Communities” workshops with support from LifeStreams Consultancy. SDS has also worked in partnership with the Observatory for Sport in Scotland to publish a major research project into sport and disability. They led the Be Active Be Well in 2023 campaign in partnership with SAMH, Scottish Athletics, Paths for All, The Daily Mile, sportscotland and are launching the first ever disability sport week.

Club Sport Award

A group of children and adults from Active Life Club

Active Life Club

Active Life Club (ALC), has been a trailblazer, breaking barriers and fostering a spirit of inclusivity within the sporting community. Their Female Volunteer Empowerment Project challenges stereotypes and dispels myths surrounding minority ethnic women as sports coaches and leading mixed sessions. It has inspired numerous women to pursue non-traditional careers in sports coaching, showcasing the potential for growth and success in this domain. In the past year alone, ALC recruited 45 volunteers, 95% of whom were female, contributing an astounding 1701 hours of service, with an impressive 83% retention rate. These dedicated volunteers served 958 individuals through various sports activities and training sessions, acting as true sporting champions. The project’s multi-faceted approach, including the creation of a parent forum where mothers play an equal part in delivery, further reinforces the commitment to gender inclusion. This year ALC introduced a BMX bike pilot project to align with the UCI World Championships. This attracted 86 young people to try a new sport.

A group of powerchair football players celebrating

FC United Powerchair Football Club

In just eleven months, FC United Powerchair Football Club has established itself in the National Premiership, Scotland’s top wheelchair league. This has provided a new sports club that has not only got more wheelchair users playing football, but which has also created a vital support network to help the player’s mental wellbeing. FC United was launched in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire, in October 2022 as the brainchild of Kieran Burns, 26, who has cerebral palsy and is a full-time wheelchair user. With more than a decade of experience in the game he partnered with the ˜United to Prevent Suicide” movement. The strong principles of the club are rooted in mental wellbeing and a positive community family feeling. This sense of camaraderie was typified by FC United’s recent appearance in the prestigious GBG Genevas Cup in August. As Scotland’s only invited representatives, the club played against teams from top footballing nations like France and Belgium. Although they just missed out on qualifying for the semi-finals on goal difference, their performance was enough to earn a place in next year’s EPFA Nations Cup, the equivalent of mainstream football’s European Championship.

A group of female squash players from Inverness Tennis and Squash Club with their hands in the air

Inverness Tennis & Squash Club

Over the past year, Inverness Tennis and Squash Club (ITSC) have developed and grown the Inverness Red Kites (IRK), which is an initiative created by the club, to get women and girls playing squash. The group, which is made up of all ages and abilities, provides a safe inclusive environment for women to try a new sport without fear of intimidation, whilst also providing an opportunity for the participants to create friendships. Along with this, ITSC entered a women’s team into the Scottish Squash National League, for the first time this season. They managed to achieve victories against well-established teams from Glasgow and Edinburgh and emerged as National Champions. This resulted in the team qualifying for the European Championship held in Paderborn, Germany in September. Amazingly, the club managed to finish 5th overall in Europe, which is a phenomenal achievement, when comparing the size of the club to the others they were competing against. The club recently hosted the 2023 Springfield Scottish Squash Open, where a huge club effort was required, to volunteer in various roles across the week, to help ensure the tournament ran smoothly. The wide range of roles, and ages of the volunteers, demonstrated the commitment of the club, with many of them taking holidays from their day jobs to ensure they could assist and help to the best of their ability. In other areas of the club, they have created a Table Tennis (TT) section, which has become a thriving hub for junior players. Recently, some of these juniors have been selected for the national program. To ensure that these junior TT players get local opportunities to play and compete, ITSC has redeveloped and is hosting the first Table Tennis Highland League in over a decade.

School Sport Award

A woman helps a young girl use a float in a swimming pool at Oaklands School

Oaklands School

Oaklands School is a school for pupils with complex medical and care needs as well as additional educational support needs. Working in partnership with Active schools, local sports providers and PE department, sport and sporting activities are very much part of the school day. Pupils have access to sports sessions that their siblings may take for granted, from dance classes, rugby, basketball and karate club to swimming, hydrotherapy and access to adapted bikes. People see you differently whizzing around the community on a bike to sitting in a wheelchair. All pupils have access to rebound therapy which has proved really successful for all pupils, but especially those who, due to needing oxygen machines, find accessing sport difficult. These sessions have seen a huge impact on mental health as well as physical health.

A group of boys play football at Perth Grammar School

Perth Grammar School

Perth Grammar School are an excellent example of a school dedicated to sport and are currently providing evidence to become a sportscotland gold school.  New extra-curricular opportunities are created that provide maximum inclusivity, taking into account pupils’ opinion and input in order to provide what the young people want, even down to days and times during the week. Links with pupil intervention, LGBT, guidance and young carers create and grow opportunities for all. In PE there’s a flexible approach to learning and course direction/choice, splitting broad general education classes into participation and performance classes. Pupils’ views and opinions on how they would like to learn an activity/skill are listened to e.g. small groups to take the spotlight off one individual. This has limited the number of young people sitting at the side of lessons not willing to take part due to anxiety or low confidence. The school works with a number of local/regional coaches and governing bodies to provide sessions or coaching experiences with our young people includong handball, basketball, cricket and judo. These sessions have helped to upskill our young sports leaders who have utilised these skills in the local primary schools, and has reduced the amount of anti-social behaviour around school and in the community during lunchtime.

A group of children from Stirling Support Service hold a banner celebrating their gold award from sportscotland

Stirling Inclusion Support Service

The Sports Team at SISS is passionately invested in refining and advancing their approach to Sports and Activities as well as Health and Wellbeing. They are committed to increasing the availability of sport and physical activity within SISS, made this possible by ensuring a focused attention on individual learning and addressing the specific needs of pupils. This has contributed to increased engagement and enjoyment through participation. Furthermore, the team has demonstrated an understanding of what impacts child poverty and strives to ensure equity. Consequently, successful excursions and events have been delivered which have improved confidence and self esteem in young people and created positive memories. Developing young people through identifying specific development targets and fostering excellent relationships is at the heart of SISS, providing challenges which build resilience for their further lives. Improving performance levels is a key part of this and SISS are extremely proud to have young people accredited in sport with a wide array of qualifications.

Community Hero

Karen Kelly

Karen Kelly

Karen is Head Coach of Lanark Amateur Swimming Club and has been with the club as both a swimmer, and laterally coach, for 50 years. Karen treats every child that is involved with the swim club in the same way that a parent would nurture and grow their own child. She was nominated by a swimmer who she guided through a significant leg break and a diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease requiring a lengthy hospital stay, who credits the fact she is still a swimmer and now a technical official within swimming to Karen’s support and belief in her. An individual story, but one of many Karen has guided, scheduling her holidays from work to coach and travelling the length and breadth of the UK and beyond for one child to a full squad. Many children have been mentored by Karen, confided in Karen, had job references from Karen as they grow into adulthood, returned to gain work experience, or seek counsel; she is an asset, a strength, a confidante, a coach and a friend.

Ruby McDonald

Ruby is a learning disability athlete with Disability Sport Fife and Auchmuty High School, competing in swimming, athletics and archery, as well as playing and coaching para football with Glenrothes Strollers. She is a Fife Sports Star, promoting sport on social media and encouraging athletes of all abilities to get active. She is a young ambassador at school and promotes inclusion for all, this year also becoming a member of the Pupil Leadership Team. She volunteers at a multi sports class for children with additional needs and also volunteers at sports camps in the school holidays. This summer she worked alongside Active Fife Sports Co-ordinators and Dundee Football Club, planning and delivering summer sports camps. She is an excellent role model for her peers with and without disabilities.  Having a disability does not hold her back and she always strives to achieve her potential. She promotes her disability as a strength and hope this motivates other to try sports. Achieving is not about being the best of the best.  It is about being your best. She is an inspiration to all who meet her.

Billy Roberton

Billy Roberton is the heartbeat of Kilmarnock Harriers. At his peak Billy was an average club athlete, but as a volunteer coach Billy inspires and engages others every single day. Tragically in May this year Billy suffered a life-changing accident. While cycling on his way to the track Billy was struck by a car that subsequently trapped him underneath for over 40 minutes. Sustaining horrific injuries including a broken hip and shattered leg, Billy was told that his leg would need to be amputated. He was informed that due to the nature of his injuries his life would need to significantly change and that walking, never mind sport would be off the table for the rest of the year. This would be challenging for anyone never mind a coach in his late 60s with no family to support him. Characteristically Billy used his adversity to deliver positive change within athletics, the club and the community. Despite the heartbreaking prognosis a wheelchair bound Billy was back at the track in July. Over this year Billy has transformed Kilmarnock Harriers leading the change from coaching on two evenings a week to create a community offering that is delivered over seven days a week 52 weeks of the year. This involves coaching children, those with additional support needs, para-athletes, elite performers, beginners and masters level athletes. No matter who you are Billy has created a pathway for you. To address the issue of waiting lists Billy formed a partnership with Ayrshire College to develop the club’s coaching infrastructure, training up, mentoring and supporting students to assist the club’s lead coaches. His dedication has created a thriving community club, one of the biggest outside Scotland’s major cities.


Aberfeldy Middle Distance Triathlon

The Aberfeldy Middle Distance Triathlon (1900m swim, 90km bike, 21km run) is one of the most popular events in Scotland. It sees participants flock from across the country and further afield to take part and enjoy the picturesque race route that takes in some incredible natural beauty spots including Loch Tay, Loch Rannoch and an infamous climb up Schiehallion. Conscious of the beautiful places where the event takes place, organisers Still Going Strong have taken steps to improve its sustainability and reduce its environmental impact. The trophies were made of wood and were designed and produced locally by The Workshop, a social enterprise that aims to create a bridge between education and employment for young people in Highland Perthshire, where rural locations can limit employment and training opportunities. All catering for event crew was supplied by local businesses, with any leftovers donated to local food banks. Changes were made to the way feed stations were operated. They no longer provide single use cups, recognising these as one of their biggest sources of waste in the past and something entirely avoidable. 2022 participants were provided with a reusable, foldable, soft cup, with others encouraged to bring one with them this year. ‘Gel Mix’ was provided at aid stations, a waste-free, natural, gel containing all the energy requirements of a typical sports gel but without the wrapper. Large bins were provided for any food wrappers, with athletes disqualified for littering elsewhere on the course. All waste from the event was recycled or incinerated at local recycling centres. The electronic timing chips consisted of a plastic tag attached to a neoprene, washable band, making them reusable for future events. Kit recycling and donation stations were also provided to give participants an opportunity to repurpose old sports kit.

Anna Burnet and Jon Gimson

Burnet and Gimson took to the Irish Sea in September with the aim of raising awareness of the climate crisis and the problems of environmental degradation in maritime travel, hoping to issue a wake-up call to the industry. They set themselves the challenge of breaking the world record for sailing from Belfast Ballyholme to Port Patrick and back – doing so on the Artemis eFoiler, a state-of-the-art transport vessel that foils and is electric. Overcoming difficult conditions, the pair managed to comfortably beat the record by seven minutes, returning to Belfast just over 90 minutes after their departure. The Team GB sailors, who took home silver from Tokyo 2020, have earned their fair share of plaudits for the feat but this was much more than a record-breaking exercise. The pair, partners on and off the water, are striving to bring about change in the maritime industry, hoping to decarbonise a sector that currently accounts for about 2.8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, as well as highlighting the impact pollution has on those residing on coastal areas. Artemis, headed by two-time Olympic champion Iain Percy, have been supporting their campaign, providing the innovative electric vessel used for the voyage. Anna hailed the relationship built between the pair and the fast-growing company, hailing foiling technology as the future of maritime travel.

Scottish Student Sport

Scottish Student Sport, the coordinating body for College and University sport in Scotland, has been at the forefront of driving sustainable action within the sporting community. Over the last five years Scottish Student Sport has implemented various sustainable measures into day to day and event operations, as well as advocating for members across the College and University sport network to do the same, ramping this up in the last year with a number of sustainability initiatives. They have taken proactive steps to educate our members about sustainability and to provide easily accessible resources. They developed a comprehensive sustainability toolkit, which offers tailored guidance to College and University Unions and Clubs on adopting eco-friendly practices. This toolkit serves as a valuable resource, empowering institutions to make environmentally conscious decisions and reduce their carbon footprint. They have been able to cascade the learning through the student sport network, collectively identifying a cohort of 24 key decision makers from College and University sports services and have been able to provide carbon literacy training to them in advance of the 23-24 season. In turn this will help to spread the vital message of sustainable change to many of the 600 sports clubs and 40,000+ members that make up the SSS Community. They’re leading by example by changing their own practices at events and in the office, transitioning to plant-based meals during events and promoting the use of public transport and car-sharing through an innovative expense policy. They are also fostering a legacy of sustainability with their “Trees for Life” grove, shifting from traditional gifts to planting trees. This innovative approach has already led to the planting of hundreds of saplings in Glen Affric under the SSS banner, contributing to environmental conservation.

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