Director of Saints Sport recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Fergus Knight
Thursday 2 June 2022

University of St Andrews Director of Sport Stephen Stewart has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2022, published Wednesday 1 June 2022, for services to sport.

Stephen Stewart MBE is Director of Saints Sport, the University’s Department of Sport and Exercise, a champion of inclusivity in sport, and a pioneer of using the power of sport, volunteering and education to support disadvantaged communities.

Stephen began his career as a Leisure Centre Manager in Northern Ireland in 1992, progressing to Deputy Director of Sport at Loughborough University from 1998 to 2008, before coming to St Andrews as Director of Sport in 2008.

He is a founder of the Wallace Group, a collaboration of seven universities in the UK with a shared interest in promoting sports and health workshops in developing countries.

As Chair of the Board of Directors, Stephen is closely involved in the Volunteer Zambia project, a Wallace Group initiative which supports partnership between Sport In Action and Zambia’s National Sports Federations and Sports Associations to develop a network of Community Sport Hubs in Africa. Student volunteers from the UK work with community leaders in Zambia to establish sustainable programmes that widen the impact of sport, but also provide pathways for young Zambians to enrich their lives through participation, leadership and education.

He has worked with UK Sport, the Zambian Minister for Sport, the British High Commissioner in Zambia, and the Zambian First Family to transform the life chances of thousands of Zambian youngsters through the power of sport and education.

Stephen was recognised for his outstanding contribution to Zambian sport by Hon. Vincent Mwale MP Zambian Minister of Youth & Sport at the 2015 National Sport Development Conference, Lusaka.

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