What We Do For Members

The Scottish Sports Association provides a unique service for Governing Bodies in Scotland. As an independent member organisation it provides unbiased and crucial support for Governing Body staff and volunteers. Our members benefit from a dedicated team, positioned at the heart of Scottish sport, which is there to support their needs.

You can read some of the key statistics and quotes from our members that best demonstrate the positive impact our work has on our members. Just click on the box below:

SSA Impact: Supporting SGBs

The SSA provides services and expertise across a wide range of areas:

Learning From Each Other

  • Sharing best practice with other Governing Bodies
  • Providing opportunities for networking across sports
  • Facilitating the Chief Operating Officers Group; Outdoor Pursuits Group; Chair/President's Forum and Operational Manager's Group with colleagues from other sports
  • Supporting the SGB Training Programme for SGB staff, Board members and key volunteers, in partnership with sportscotland.

Access To Information

  • Issuing updates to members on developments from the world of sport, business, media, the government and many more that affect their sports.
  • Notifying and collating consultations on wide ranging issues from Music Licensing to Immigration to Lottery Funding
  • Providing a dedicated team to answer questions and find solutions.


  • Presenting the unified, representative voice of Governing Bodies in Scotland
  • Helping sports to make the case for sport on the national stage
  • Influencing decisions which affect Scottish sports
  • Informing and influencing the Government’s agenda for sport.

We deliver all this with a team that:

  • is always available to meet, discuss or respond to any queries
  • always has a door open to our members and partners
  • is visible and keeps you informed
  • is always ready to support our members.

We represent the views of our members on the following groups:

Group Name Group Convened By
National Strategic Group (NSG) for Sport and Physical Activity  Scottish Government, Cabinet Secretary
NSG Planning Group for Sport and Physical Activity  Scottish Government Active Scotland Division
NSG Evidence Sub Group for Sport and Physical Activity Scottish Government Active Scotland Division
Scottish Sports Alliance Scottish Sports Alliance
Safeguarding in Sport Steering Group Safeguarding in Sport
Cross Party Group for Sport -
Cross Party Group for Volunteering -
Cross Party Group on Children and Young People -
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Scottish Sport -
Home Country Sports Associations (HCSA) HCSA
Scottish Disability Sport Coaching Group Scottish Disability Sport
SCVO Intermediaries Group Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
SCVO Policy Officers Network Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
National Access Forum Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Sports Development Conference Organising Committee SSDC Organising Committee
Expert Resource Steering Group sportscotland
Physical Activity Health Alliance NHS Health Scotland
Scottish Adventurous Activities Forum Scottish Adventurous Activities Forum
National LGBT Sports Co-ordinating Group LEAP Sport
Scottish Tourism Alliance Council Scottish Tourism Alliance
Scottish Volunteering Forum Scottish Volunteering Forum
Sportscotland Communications Group Sportscotland 
Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations ACOSVO
Being Active for Scotland’s Health (BASH) SSA and BASH
Scotland’s Natural Health Service Scottish Natural Heritage