Governance

  • Our VISION: is to lead and influence the potential of student sport in Ireland.
  • Our MISSION is to grow quality student sport competition, enhance wellbeing and lead the sector.
  • Affiliated colleges are represented by Sports Dept staff including Directors of Sport, Heads of Sport and Sports Officers on the SSI Board and its standing committees. Follow this link to view a full list of SSI Third Level Contacts.
  • Honorary Membership is awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of third level sport on the island.
  • SSI is affiliated to FISU (the International University Sports Federation) and EUSA (European University Sports Association).
  • The organisation was established in 2005 with the merger of the Council of University Sports in Ireland and the Irish Student Sport Association. At the time of the merger the organisation was known as CUSAI (the Colleges and University Sports Association of Ireland) before being renamed as Student Sport Ireland (SSI) in May 2013.
  • SSI is governed by its constitution adopted in March 2022.
  • The SSI Board of Directors is led by the President with Directors elected at the company’s Annual General Meeting held every February.
  • The strategic plan was informed the SASSI research study which investigated sport and physical activity participation, preferences and provision at third level, and which surveyed over 9,000 students in 31 third level institutes on the island. The study is believed to be the largest of its kind undertaken in Europe.
  • The Board and staff are supported by its two Standing Committees in the delivery of the strategic plan and the work programme.
  • The organisation annual report on its activities incorporating its audited financial statements is reviewed and adopted by its members at its annual general meeting: 2022 Annual Report.


Sport Ireland Governance Code for Sport

  • SSI determines that it is Type B company under the Code of Governance.
  • In 2018 SSI embarked on the journey to be compliant with the Governance Code with the SSI Board committed to the five Principles of Good Governance.
  • In January 2021 the SSI Board declared that the organisation was compliant with the Sport Ireland Governance Code for Sport.