The Scottish Scrabble Association (SSA) was set up in 2001 to promote Scrabble in Scotland and to represent the interests of Scottish players.  We organise tournaments, administer the Scottish League team competition and the Scottish Individual League and Knockout (SILK) tournament.

Scroll down for more information on playing competitive Scrabble in Scotland, or contact our Secretary.



March 18, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the SSA will not be holding this year's Scottish Open event in May as planned. The SSA will advise in due course if a replacement event will be held in 2020: meantime, we ask all our members to take care of their health and stay safe in this difficult time.



In addition to supporting events such as the Scottish Masters and organising the annual Scottish Open and Scottish Round Robin, the SSA organises an annual League competition for teams of three and an Individual League and Knock-Out competition (SILK).


Five teams, including last year's winners Roc (Amy Byrne, Colin Nicol and James Squires) and last year's best individual performer Simon Gillam are competing this year.  Each team of three plays the other teams three times throughout the year.


There are 12 players in the Central section and 13 players across the North sections this year, including reigning champion Niyi Adebayo.


The Association of British Scrabble Players (ABSP) was formed in 1987 as a not-for-profit association to promote interest in the playing of Scrabble. It co-ordinates tournaments and the provision of a rating system for players in the UK, as well as providing information and support to members, tournament organisers and tournament directors.

Its website also features tournament results, club information and advice for new players.  To see the current ratings of Scottish players, click below or visit the ratings page and filter by country.


Formed in 2003, WESPA (the World English Language Scrabble® Players Association) provides an official structure for the international Scrabble community. It supports associations with internationally recognised rules and a ratings system whilst promoting a global calendar of Scrabble events designed to cater for players of all ages and levels.


Winners of Scottish tournaments from previous years.


SSA determines the qualification criteria for some international events, where Scotland fields a team or a number of individuals.  It also agrees the qualification criteria for the annual Scottish Masters event.


There are a number of local clubs across Scotland that meet for face-to-face games of Scrabble and cater for all abilities.

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Run by Colin Nicol, this is a league open to individuals based around the areas near the Forth.


Clyde Scrabble League

Run by Yvonne Holland, this is a league open to individuals based around the Glasgow and District area.


January 6, 2020

There are plenty of tournaments taking place in Scotland throughout 2020.  Visit the ABSP's Calendar for further details, entry forms and the latest information. More events will be added as the year progresses.



The current committee comprises Neil Scott (President), Simon Gillam (Secretary), Ross Mackenzie (Treasurer), Margaret Armstrong, Amy Byrne, Marion Keatings and James Squires.

SSA holds no personal data on individuals (as defined in the EU General Data Protection Regulation) except for the names and contact details (email addresses, postal addresses and/or telephone numbers) of (i) some members and (ii) those who have previously entered a SSA-organised event.  These are only accessible to SSA committee members and these are solely used to inform people regarding SSA events and activity. SSA will not share your data with anyone without your prior express permission.  If you wish to change the details SSA holds, or if you do not wish SSA to hold this information, please contact the Secretary by post, email or telephone using the details on the SSA website.  If you wish to see the data SSA holds on you, please write to the Secretary at his postal address using the details below, and ensure your request is both signed and includes a postal address for a response.



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