New report calls for fresh sport policy direction in Scotland to improve health
People with disabilities being penalised for seeking to be more active
OSS calls for action to follow largest ever study of disability in sport in Scotland
How to make public sport and leisure sustainable
Sport England report analysed
Scottish leisure trusts in crisis mode
Sport facility closures dominate planning for 2023-24
MSPs back OSS calls for national sport strategy
Parliamentary committee calls on government to make sport activity more accessible to improve health
OSS aims to inform, connect and challenge
New projects for 2022 turn spotlight on mental wellbeing, town centre regeneration, connecting older people and sport's value to Covid recovery
How has Covid impacted children's activity?
OSS with Data for Children Collaborative and UNICEF investigate
How sport is supporting people with Parkinson's
Drumchapel Table Tennis Club at forefront of using sport as tool to tackle health issues
Are children being priced out of sport?
Scotland striker sparks BBC debate on rising cost of sport participation
Women in Leadership in Scottish Sport
Progress analysed and key barriers identified
Mental health: Kathleen shares anxiety strategies with SSS players
OSS Ambassador drops in on Dundee charity
Gemma powers into UK's top 100
OSS and UWS Master student recognised as influential leader
Covid impact greatest on children and young people
Sport England report reveals 12.5m people inactive, and fears for future
Teenage girls keen to return to activity post-Covid
Women in Sport research reveals fears of loss of ability and big groups
Minister calls on health and sport to step out of silos and join forces in Covid recovery
Event turns spotlight on health, sport and leisure's ability to solve health problems
Scots' activity levels fall during pandemic
Sport and exercise seen as key to mental health and Covid recovery
School sport aids self-regulation and attainment
New study links school activity to behaviour and academic performance
New vision needed for community sport provision
Report reveals more than 100 community sport facilities face permanent closure and over 900 are on hold
'Let's create something unique to Scotland'
Shelley Kerr and Gregor Townsend see community sport as key to recovery
'Focus on the children' - Sir Kenny on changing the trend of sporting decline
Sir Kenny Dalglish joins guests from sport, business and politics at first London breakfast
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Thought Piece from Charlie Raeburn for Reform Scotland
People with disabilities being penalised for being active
OSS thanks departing Chief Executive and Research Manager
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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.
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.