The Observatory for Sport in Scotland

Independent research and insights helping to shape a healthier Scotland

Latest News & Comment


Sport Participation in Scotland Report

The Observatory for Sport in Scotland has published new research which suggests Scotland is becoming a “divided nation” of the sporting ‘haves’ and ’have-nots’. The…

OSS News – June 2019

Leading academics in sport and activity research will come together this week at the annual OSS University Conference, jointly hosted by partners the Royal College…

Enjoyment Is No.1 Reason For Sport Participation – Survey

A NEW national survey has shown that enjoyment is the biggest driver to sport participation, and that active children are happier, more resilient and more…

OSS Appoints New Director

The Observatory for Sport in Scotland has appointed a new Executive Director to spearhead its drive to increase sport participation and improve health across the…


Come along to any of the OSS hosted events throughout Scotland.

OSS University Forum
June 2019 (date & venue TBC)

Independent Support To The Community Sports Sector

Think events and publications

OSS hosts events and publishes papers from sports academics on subjects ranging from sport and social inequality, sports for the future, quantifying the benefits of sports participation and gender diversity in sport and how this impacts governance, infrastructures, practices and participation in Scotland.

Policy and Practice recommendations

OSS focuses research on areas of importance for Scottish sports policy and engages stakeholders across sport and business to support policy and practice recommendations.

Knowledge Exchange and Forums

OSS has academic, stakeholder, business leader and local community forums.  Our knowledge exchange is about sharing new thinking and bringing people across the sports sector together to hear and exchange evidence, analysis and ideas that are key for informing best policy and practice developments.

Evidence and analysis

OSS is independent of any political party and raises funds as a charity to enable objectivity in the evidence and analysis that it commissions and collates.

International Benchmarking

OSS is inspired by and gets support from partner organisations the Mulier Institute in the Netherlands and the Danish Institute of Sports Studies (IDAN).  Both provide objective, independent, evidence and analysis to their sports sector to ensure policy making is informed and effective.


OSS conducts research into sports participation in Scotland and areas of interest for the sector and shares this with stakeholders in order to advance evidence-led decision making and effectiveness in sports policy and practice.