Academy of Sport - Acadamaidh Spòrs Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann

The Academy of Sport is an Independent Think Tank and Network Centre born from a desire to serve local and global communities.

We provide a home for ideas and solutions and allow students, staff, sporting communities and organisations to meet and make a difference.

We are open to all who share our vision and who want to work with us. We acknowledge that we cannot and should not do this alone. But together, we can aspire to make sports knowledge, sports research, the study of sport and advocacy involving sport work for more people, more often and in more communities.

We endeavour to connect people who are striving to create a more just world in and through sport.

Watch 'Sport: More than just a game'

Join us

The output of AoS and its partners must be greater than the sum of its parts. Our best work gets done when we come together to co-produce and support outputs, voices and advocacy in support of our vision. Contact Professor Grant Jarvie, Chair of Sport, if you're interested in working with us.

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That sport plays its part, and is seen to be playing its part, in addressing the challenges that face humanity in the 21st century.


  • Sustain an Independent Think Tank and Network Centre

  • Create a critical mass of knowledge, research and strategic collaboration in and through sport

  • Enable widening access and opportunity to sports education

  • Cooperate to deliver outcomes in and through sport 

The three pillars of our work

Our work is organised around three pillars:


People and Governance

Female footballers
Our governance, management group and core members.

Research and Consultancy Work

Princess Anne giving a speech for the Eric Liddell Foundation
Our current and recent work.

Knowledge Exchange

Children playing a ball game outside
Since 2015 sport has had a mandate from the United Nations to address world issues. We are keen to exchange knowledge and support a dialogue around how sport can enable both sporting and non-sporting outcomes.

Gaelic Sports Voices and Dialogue - Guthan Spòrs Gàidhlig agus Conaltradh

Cam Cup at Oban 2012
The Gaelic Sports Voices and Dialogue opens up a discussion about sport in Gaelic culture - Guthan Spòrs Gàidhlig agus Conaltradh a’ cnuasachd spòrs ann an cultar na Gàidhlig.

Our blog


Football: More than a game

Free education through football on our massive online open course.

Educated Pass

Educated Pass works with boys and girls as well as their coaches and families. It builds on their understanding of and commitment to sport to generate a similar commitment to their education.

Edinburgh-Toronto public symposia and lectures

The Universities of Edinburgh and Toronto host a public lecture and seminar series that features researchers and others who have contributed to knowledge, debate and dialogue about sport, physical activity, kinesiology, exercise science and physical education.

Annual report and minutes

The latest annual report and the minutes of our most recent board meeting are now available to download.