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.

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
Scottish Government Active Scotland Development Group Scottish Government, Active Scotland Division
Scottish Government External Reference Group on Volunteering Scottish Government, Third Sector Unit
Scottish Government Cyber Catalysts Scottish Government, Cyber Resilience Unit
Scottish Sports Alliance Scottish Sports Alliance
Cross Party Group on Sport
Cross Party Group on 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
Physical Activity Health Alliance NHS Health Scotland
Scottish Adventurous Activities Forum Scottish Adventurous Activities Forum
Scottish Volunteering Forum Scottish Volunteering Forum
ACOSVO Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisatons
Scotland’s Natural Health Service Scottish Natural Heritage
Professional Bodies' Forum Professional Bodies' Forum