FAQ's

What is the sportscotland institute of sport?

The sportscotland institute of sport was set up in October 1998 to support the training and development of Scotland's top sportspeople. The Institute provides athletes with individual training programmes and other services which aid their progression to the highest levels of international sport.

What services are available to athletes?

Our expert services include coaching, sports medicine, talent, psychology, nutrition, skill acquisition, biomechanics, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning and performance lifestyle. The institute does not provide monetary funding to athletes.

Where is the Institute based?

The institute headquarters are based in Stirling. However, there are offices throughout Scotland which make up the sportscotland institute of sport network.

They are:

  • Central
  • East
  • Grampian
  • Highlands and Islands
  • Tayside and Fife
  • West

The performance network ensures Scottish athletes have access to the very best support, wherever they are based. In addition, the Institute provides support to Scottish athletes training outside the UK, as far a field as Australia.

How many athletes does the Institute support?

The institute network currently supports around 500 athletes; however every year the institute reviews the list of supported athletes with the relevant Sports Governing Bodies, so the number will fluctuate.

How does the Institute choose its athletes?

Sports are identified and chosen by the institute. Then, in conjunction with the relevant Sports Governing Body, athletes are chosen based on their ability and potential to perform on the world stage.

Who runs the Institute on a daily basis?

The director of High Peformance for sportscotland, Mike Whittingham is responsible for the daily running of the sportscotland institute of sport . As the high performance arm of sportscotland, the institute, is governed by the sportscotland board of trustees.

How is the sportscotland institute of sport funded?

The sportscotland institute of sport is the high performance arm of sportscotland. We are publicly funded with a budget around £5 million a year - our potential impact is priceless.

What sports does the Institute support?

The institute provides varying levels of support to a large number of sports including:

  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing
  • Curling
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Short track speed skating
  • Judo
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Snowsport
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Taekwondo
  • Target shooting
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Weightlifting
  • Wheelchair curling
  • Wrestling

Have there been any success stories?

Absolutely. Since 1998 the sportscotland institute of sport has helped prepare many of Scotland's best athletes to perform on the world stage.

To date, this includes 15 world champions, 5 Olympic Gold Medals and 6 Olympic Silver Medals. At the Paralympics, institute supported athletes have won 14 Gold, 17 Silver, 12 bronze Paralympic medals. Success at Commonwealth Games includes 22 Gold, 22 Silver and 25 Bronze medals. In addition, 12 European Gold medals have been won and a host of junior titles.

What is the next big milestone for the sportscotland institute of sport?

All of our sports have world championship events which provide key targets. However, the next big milestone is the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014 and of course the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014. The sportscotland institute of sport is 100% behind the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and hopes to be a significant contributor to its success.