Student Sport Ireland (SSI), the representative body for higher education sport in Ireland, has published a new strategic plan that will guide the organisation’s growth and development over the next three years.

The plan sets out the organisation’s strategic objectives and actions to the end of 2024 in addition to its ambitions for the decade ahead.

In parallel with the continued growth and development over the period, the plan sets out a new mission for the organisation to grow student sport competition, enhance wellbeing, and lead the sector.

To enable the delivery of its new mission SSI has identified the following as its key strategic objectives over the next three years.

  • More regular activity and competitions for students
  • The promotion of the benefits of physical activity and wellbeing to the student experience, the development of a physical activity and wellbeing policy, and student-focused activity campaigns
  • To provide learning and developmental opportunities for student sports leaders and networking, information and knowledge sharing opportunities for affiliated colleges’ staff
  • Greater engagements and partnerships with its key stakeholders (Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland) and the National Governing Bodies
  • To lead the sector through stakeholder promotion and advocacy.

The plan was launched yesterday by Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht Jack Chamberspictured above with SSI President Matthew Dossett.

“Despite the obvious challenges facing us all as we emerge from the global pandemic, student sport is in a strong position to continue supporting the university and college experience to grow, as well as play a key role in enabling the success of the national sports policy and connected goals,” said Dossett, the Deputy Head of Sport at Trinity College Dublin.

“We are focused on expanding the organisation in order to drive growth in student opportunities and activity, and creating new programmes that develop and support our student athletes, leaders, and member institutions.”

“Students can look forward to an increasingly active role in Student Sport Ireland under the new strategic plan. As part of the Student Commission, student-athletes across sports and institutions have contributed their ideas and vision to the new strategic plan, and will play an essential part in its implementation,” added SSI Vice President Catherine Mahony.

“The development of student leaders has always been among the greatest benefits of student sport. We eagerly anticipate the strengthened involvement of these student leaders as an essential voice in Student Sport Ireland’s leadership in the sector.”

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