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With over 54 sports on offer and multiple competitive and recreational teams, Saints Sport caters for all levels of ability and aspiration. Our programme is very much student led so new activities can be introduced with sufficient student demand.

Over 100 teams annually compete for St Andrews in British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS), Scottish Student Sport (SSS), local and national leagues and cup competitions. Most of our clubs also offer recreational activities, giving students an amazing opportunity to regularly experience the beauty of the Scottish Highlands and travel further afield across the UK. 

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS)

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British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for Higher Education (HE) sport in the UK, a membership organisation, and a company limited by guarantee with charitable status, with a vision to enhance the student experience through sport...


BUCS delivers more than 50 sports to almost 170 member institutions (now including some FE Colleges), comprising a busy league programme of over 4800 teams and over 100 championships events every year.

BUCS Big Wednesday is the culmination of the BUCS league season and showcases many of the championship finals in one venue on one day.

BUCS Nationals are the highlight of the season for individual athletes and the UK's largest annual multi-sport event.

Follow the Saints Sport team throughout the year and keep up to date with the current BUCS point table at the University of St Andrews page on the BUCS website,

Scottish Student Sport (SSS)

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Scottish Student Sport (SSS) was formally created in June 2011 and is the co-ordinating body for all student sport & physical activity in Scotland. The partnership is formed from a dynamic network of students, staff and volunteers who work in partnership to create positive opportunities and experiences through physical activity and sport, across Scotland’s Universities and Colleges.

The member institutions of SSS represent in excess of 500 sports clubs, 50,000 staff and 500,000 students.


SSS delivers an enjoyable, appropriate and increasingly modern and professional sporting programme to students. Currently recognising 35 sports, SSS provide efficient, effective and reliable competitive structures for all levels of participant. Their network of Sports Development Co-ordinators (SDCs), headed up by the SSS Sport Coordinator and Sports Administrator, is charged with the delivery of these sporting programmes against the policy and priorities set by the SSS Competitions Committee. 

More information can be found on their Competitions Committee page.