Monday 19th April 2021

We are looking to recruit a new Scottish Student Climbing Chair to drive the development of student climbing in Scotland.

#ScotStuClimbing

Role title: Scottish Student Climbing Chair

Responsible to: Head of Competitions

Where (location): Various within Scotland

Time commitment: Variable, 10-15 hours per month, with up to 2-3 weekend tournaments

Role duration: Minimum one year – until 30th June 2022

Scottish Student Sport (SSS), the organisation for student sport in Scotland, is seeking an energetic and committed individual to act as the lead volunteer within Scottish Student Climbing.

The Chair will enjoy an excellent opportunity to contribute towards growing the sport within universities and colleges, and building on the relationship with ClimbScotland.

The selected individual will be a key figure in the drive towards improving and strengthening student climbing in Scotland.

The Chair will work with SSS staff to coordinate event delivery, manage a budget, participate in strategic planning, communicate with student participants, support event volunteers and improve both SGB engagement & club development.

Main Tasks

Oversee the programme

  • Coordinate a meeting for all student climbing club captains at the start and end of the year to plan/review the season
  • Promote student climbing competitions and opportunities to clubs
  • Oversee climbing programme budget, managed by Head of Competitions

Develop the Sport

  • Work with SSS and ClimbScotland to establish a Development Plan for SS Climbing, and make realistic plans to achieve those goals

Event Delivery

  • Develop Student Climbing calendar, in conjunction with Competitions Coordinator and ClimbScotland
  • Deliver Scottish Student Climbing events, liaising with Competitions Coordinator

Required Skills, Qualities & Experience

  • Proactive, can do attitude
  • Experience in event management
  • Experience of student climbing in Scotland
  • Knowledge of climbing landscape in Scotland
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a range of stakeholders

Training & Support Available

  • Annual Chair Development Day hosted by SSS
  • Any relevant CPD courses/experience as identified by Chair and Head of Competitions
  • Named staff member within SSS

The Chair will be appointed on a voluntary basis for a minimum term of one year. Individuals may re-stand for the position of Chair. All reasonable expenses incurred undertaking the role will be reimbursed in line with SSS policy.

Application is by cover letter and CV and should be sent to Jess Barrows, Competitions Coordinator, no later than deadline 25th July 2021 – EXTENDED

This role description can be downloaded in PDF format HERE

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Thursday 30th January 2020

The Scottish Student Netball Championships 2020 has been rearranged to Saturday 14th March 2020 at University of Strathclyde.

We are delighted to announce that the Scottish Student Netball Championships 2020 has been rearranged to a different date after popular demand. The event will now be taking place on Saturday 14th March 2020 at University of Strathclyde.

Venue: University of Strathclyde

Date: Saturday 14th March 2020

Time: 0900-1800

Full event details and the entry form can be found on the Scottish Student Sport website. Entries will be accepted until 28th February, 4pm.

If you want to be involved with supporting the running of this event, check out the exciting role of the Scottish Student Netball Chair! We are looking for an energetic and committed individual to act as the lead volunteer within Scottish Student Netball. Be quick – the deadline for applications is Sunday 2nd February!

We look forward to seeing the best student netball clubs from all over Scotland compete in this prestigious event.

Thank you to University of Strathclyde and Netball Scotland for their support.

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Thursday 16th January 2020

Under the dramatic backdrop of Stirling Castle, the 2020 Inter Districts Cross Country Championship was to be one for the ages.

Photo credit – Bobby Gavin

Incorporated this year within a British Cross Challenge event, the Scottish Student teams battled against elite home countries national squads and top club athletes alongside the usual fare of East, North and West district teams. All in all, there was a total of 113 athletes in the Women’s race and a total of 161 athletes in the Men’s race.

Owing to the strong fields assembled for each race, competitors surged from the start line at an electric pace and coping with this early surge in pace would be essential to getting the best out of oneself on the day.

The late, great Muhammad Ali once quipped “Ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong” and the Men’s and Women’s Scottish student teams overcame more than a few thrills and spills on the muddy, twisty course, to become
Inter District silver and bronze medallists respectively.

“Today our student athletes demonstrated that they can mix it with top international athletes, their performances are a product of the excellent support they receive from their families, teammates, coaches and institutions. The results also reflect the up and coming nature of the sport amongst the student population, watch this space!”

Michael Rimicans – SS Cross Country Chair

In addition to our Inter-Districts team, there were also some stellar performances from other student athletes present. Particularly noteworthy were the results of the student athletes running for the National Squads, well done to Annabel Simpson (Glasgow University), Zoe Plfug (Edinburgh University), Holly Little (Queen Margaret University), Constance Nankivell (Edinburgh University), Kerry McAngus (Strathclyde University), Eloise Walker (Glasgow University), Niamh Carr (Edinburgh University), Jack Leitch (Edinburgh University) & Hamish Hickey (Stirling University). There was also an encouraging number of student athletes running in club vests.

The following athletes competed for the Scottish Student Sport team, where the first 6 finishers counted towards the medals. Please note that position only refers to placing against other Inter District athletes:

Women:

3rd Rebecca Johnson – University of Edinburgh

14th Lynn McKenna – University of Glasgow

16th Rhona Mowat – University of Heriot Watt

17th Zoe Bates – University of Aberdeen

30th Polly Edwards – University of Edinburgh

32nd Hannah Addison – University of Edinburgh

33rd Aofie Carr – University of Glasgow

38th Niamh Shaw – University of Dundee

41st Caitlin Arnott – University of Aberdeen

42nd Rhona Tytler – University of Edinburgh

43rd Carolyn Cameron – University of Edinburgh

 

Men:

8th Alexander Chepelin – University of Edinburgh

9th Eilsha De Mello – University of Edinburgh

11th Craig Jardine – University of Strathclyde (pictured, photo credit Bobby Gavin)

17th Alex Muir –  University of Edinburgh

18th James Dunn – University of Heriot Watt

22nd Callum Tharme – University of Edinburgh

23rd Tom Graham-Marr – University of Aberdeen

32nd Cameron Smith – University of Glasgow

34th Luca Fanottoli – University of Stirling

40th Alastair Thomas – University of Edinburgh

42nd Andrew McAngus – University of Strathclyde

47th Steven Murray – University of Aberdeen

Thank you to Stirling Council, the officials, organisers and volunteers for putting on such a fantastic showcase event for our sport.

Full results can be found HERE

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Friday 8th February 2019

The Scottish Student Games have once again been and gone – but what a Games it was. Each of the 4 Championships which took place across the City of Edinburgh brought brilliant performances from OVER 600 STUDENTS and provided memories to last a lifetime. Read on for a snapshot of the action!

Scottish Student Climbing Championships – Eden Rock

Despite the weather causing disruption to travel, 21 students from across the country made it to the brand new Eden Rock climbing wall in Loanhead, Edinburgh. Students attempted multiple bouldering problems, in various degrees of difficulty, over a 3.5 hour period and scored points depending on the number of attempts it took to complete them. Those who mastered the challenges with the least attempts qualified for the Finals which brought a new element to the competition – a race against the clock!

The finalists (4 Men and 4 Women) were allowed just 3 minutes to study the new routes and rehearse their movements. Those ranked 4th were given 3 minutes to complete the routes, whilst the others remained in isolation. Each climber then attempted the climb in ranked order, scoring points for the number of holds they successfully reached, before repeating this on another route. With multiple spectators, aching bodies and the clock against them the pressure was truly on, but the determination to succeed was rife amongst all finalists providing thrilling viewing. In particular, well done to Keira Farner (University of Edinburgh) who managed to finish in 2nd place despite being ranked 3rd after qualification!

In sport however, there can only be one winner. Congratulations to Lucy Ross (University of the West of Scotland) and Fraser Moodie (University of Strathclyde) for taking the titles in the Women’s and Men’s Championships, respectively. Sophie Moodie (University of Glasgow) took third in the Women’s event whilst Charlie Hosier (Edinburgh Napier University) and Jack Blunt (University of Edinburgh) collected the silver and bronze medals for the Men’s. Great to see the Moodie brother and sister combination taking home their fair share of the silverware! Well done to all competitors and we hope to see you at our next Climbing event. Thank you to Mountaineering Scotland for providing additional support and prizes for the event, and to Stuart Younie (CEO, Mountaineering Scotland) and Calum McBain (East Regional Development Officer, Mountaineering Scotland) for attending.

 

Scottish Student Fencing Beginners’ Open Championships – Edinburgh Napier University

Everybody starts at the beginning, and competing can often be daunting, which is why we offer a Beginners’ Championships in our Fencing programme each year! This environment allows students who have less than 2 years’ fencing behind them to experience the joy of competing and learn more about the sport. We saw students develop in confidence throughout the Championships and witnessed spectacular displays of fencing well beyond their years!

Saturday brought two Women’s events (Epee and Sabre) and Men’s Foil. Well done to University of St Andrews who placed in all Womens’ Epee medals positions (Cassidy Ainsworth-Grace, Lucy Warrington and Emily Matthews, respectively)! University of Aberdeen won a gold and bronze medal in the Women’s Sabre from the excellent performances of Maike Miller and Ella Willsmore, respectively. Lucy Warrington also added to the University of St Andrews collection by winning the silver. University of Edinburgh dominated the Men’s Foil podium through the golden efforts of David Rinaldi and double bronze medals for both Tommy Young and Javier Pérez Rodriguez. Lukas Rossmanith (University of St Andrews) did well to take silver.

Sunday’s competition brought even more excitement! We shine the spotlight in particular on Ruaridh Smith (University of Aberdeen) who came back fighting to avenge his second place Sabre position in the 2018 Championships. His speed, improved technical skill and sheer determination not only won him gold in Men’s Sabre this year, but also the Men’s Epee! With only 10 minutes in between finals, after a long day’s fencing, this is quite the achievement. Good news also came in the form of family spirit as the parents of Dominic Lee (University of Dundee) travelled 110 miles to see him compete in his first ever Fencing competition! With support like that behind him, success soon followed and Dominic took the silver in Men’s Sabre. Heriot Watt University student, Arthur Pak Hei Mok, also showed dramatic improvement from last year’s event to take the Sabre bronze, alongside Lukas Rossmanith (University of St Andrews). Men’s Epee silver was won by Alex Krabbendam (University of Edinburgh) with bronze medals claimed by Alex Strauss-Jones (University of Edinburgh) and Thomas Iken (University of Aberdeen).

The Women’s Foil event was dominated by University of Glasgow students who took gold, silver and bronze! Congratulations to Camille Hauffmann, Justyna Toporkiewicz and Phakanadh Sutthent for taking the silverware back to the West. Cassidy Ainsworth-Grace (University of St Andrews) added the final medal to the Saints tally with a Foil bronze.

Congratulations to all competitors for your fantastic efforts, full results can be found on our website here. Winners of all weapons have not only won themselves the silverware, but also a free place in our Individual Championships! The fencers have just over a month to fine tune their skills before going up against the best student fencers in Scotland – a brilliant learning opportunity for all.

Scottish Student Trampoline Open – Sport and Exercise, Pleasance

Elegant, powerful and gravity-defying trampoline routines were displayed across the Student Games weekend by students from all over the UK! The prestigious Open event attracted over 500 participants from 33 institutions and brought with it a return of the Home Nations event, hosted for the first time in Scotland last year.

Sensational displays were seen across all categories, and with strong competition from the Home Nations, Scottish students did well to secure 21 places on the podium (click here for Scottish medallists, full results can be found here). Hard fought golds were taken by Charlotte Marshall (University of Edinburgh) in the Intervanced DMT, Austen Waite (University of Glasgow) in the Intermediate Men and Murray Findlay (University of St Andrews) in the Pro-Elite Men. These sterling performances, joined with the other Scottish results saw the hosts retain their Home Nations title for another year – well done everyone!

Many thanks to Steve Paige (Head of Development) from Scottish Gymnastics for attending and to all those involved in the fantastic organisation of such a large-scale event.

Scottish Student Table Tennis Championships – St Leonard’s Land

2019 has brought the largest number of student entries to our Table Tennis Championships on record! This is an excellent sign that table tennis, and student sport, is only on the rise in Scotland. The sun shone on the day, which whilst a positive sign for some, the glare of which brought an unexpected additional challenge to the knockout stages. Not fazed by this, we saw excellent performances across the disciplines.

Yao Tang (University of Stirling) seemed unstoppable as she didn’t lose a single set in the qualifying stages of the Women’s singles. She met a strong opponent in Yuhan Wang (Edinburgh Napier University) who took Tang to 4 sets, however Tang remained strong and took the title. Yuhan Wang came a hard-fought second place, whilst Lydia Fu (University of Edinburgh) took the bronze.

Similar dominance was seen in the Men’s Singles as Commonwealth Games 2018 athlete, Colin Dalgleish (Robert Gordon University), took on the best students in the country. It was no surprise that the 9th place finisher in the international competition would storm to the title, though he was put through his paces by Scottish Student Table Tennis Chair Yubo Rasmussen in order to get there! Well done to Johannes Laute (University of Edinburgh) who took the silver and John Hannah (University of Dundee) who claimed bronze.

The Mixed Doubles is an open event, which sees students from different institutions play together, as well as mixed-gender teams. With the momentum from their podium places in the singles, the duo of Johannes Laute (University of Edinburgh) and John Hannah (University of Dundee) stormed to the Gold! Women’s singles gold medallist, Yao Tang, joined forces with Keir Morton (both University of Stirling) whilst Colin Dalgleish (Robert Gordon University) & Zeid Naseem (University of the Highlands and Islands) competed for the final places.

Full results from this event can be found on our website here.

To top off a great day of sport, Richard Yule (Chief Operating Officer, Table Tennis Scotland) attended the event. A long-term supporter of student sport, and table tennis in particular, it was excellent to see him take in the action and present the medals! Many thanks to Richard for his ongoing support.

 

Overall, the Scottish Student Games 2019 weekend was a huge success! It couldn’t have happened without the efforts of all our volunteers, excellent venue staff and the student competitors who make it all worthwhile – we thank you all. Here’s to another great year of student sport!

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Friday 19th January 2018

Scottish Student Sport is delighted to announce the selected men’s training squad for the 1718 season.

Scottish Student Sport is delighted to announce the selected men’s training squad. The team will face Scotland U19s at the end of February and compete in an exciting international fixture against Irish Students in early March.

The squad will assemble for training sessions throughout February to prepare for the fixtures with an extremely strong group of players who will look to build on last season’s reincarnation where they put the student game back on the international map. Players have been selected from Scotland’s top performing institution teams with a specific criteria being put in place by the management team.  Selected students represent University of St Andrews, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, University of Dundee and University of Stirling.

Ben Philip, Head of Competitions at Scottish Student Sport, said: “It is great that the Scottish Student Rugby squad will again compete against Scotland U19s in 2018. The match against Irish Students adds a further challenge for the team. The size of the student rugby programme in Scotland means it is only right that we have a team to showcase the quality of player in the system and to offer the opportunity to the best students from our institutions to represent their country of study.”

Scottish Rugby’s Student and Participation Manager, Darren Burns added:  “Scottish Students’ Men’s Rugby Team recognises and rewards the top performing players from the student game.  More and more players are attracted to playing a creative style with and against their peers.  This increase in student numbers, along with the excellent rugby programmes offered by institutions, has seen the standards of student rugby rise and they will be very competitive games against Scotland U19 and Ireland Students”.

Forwards                                                           Institution

Murray Devine                                                    University of Dundee

Rob Thomas                                                        University of Edinburgh

Nick Stephen                                                       University of Edinburgh

Edward Russell                                                   University of Edinburgh

Scott Burnside                                                    University of Edinburgh

Archie Whittingham-Ingram                             University of Glasgow

Jonny Spence                                                      University of Glasgow

Chris Barnes                                                        University of Glasgow

Theo Nwosu-Hope                                             University of Glasgow

Charlie Thomson                                                University of Glasgow

Fraser Christie                                                     University of Glasgow

Stephen Tue                                                         University of St Andrews

Fergus Bradbury                                                 University of Stirling

Lyall Archer                                                          University of Strathclyde

Duncan Wither                                                    University of Strathclyde

Angus Neilson                                                     University of Strathclyde

Finlay Simpson                                                    University of Strathclyde

 

Backs                                                                 Institution

Max Stobbs                                                        University of Aberdeen

Bruno Smith                                                      University of Edinburgh

James Small-Edwards                                       University of Edinburgh

Robbie Kent                                                       University of Edinburgh

Ben Rose                                                            University of Edinburgh

Jon Price                                                             University of Edinburgh

Kerr Stoddart                                                    University of Glasgow

Fraser Grossse                                                  University of Glasgow

Finn Murphy                                                     University of St Andrews

Toby Hall                                                           University of St Andrews

Scott MacGregor                                              University of St Andrews

Roland Walker                                                  University of St Andrews

Luke Earl-Wright                                               University of Stirling

James Couper                                                   University of Stirling

Owen Jarvie                                                        University of Stirling

 

More information on the fixtures vs Scotland 19s and Irish Students will be released shortly.

 

More information:

Head of Competitions at Scottish Student Sport, Ben Philip ben@scottishstudentsport.com

SS Men’s National Rugby Squad Team Manager, Guy Richardson guy@eigerperformance.com

Twitter: @sss_rugby and @ScotStuSport

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScotStudentRugby/ and https://www.facebook.com/ScotStuSport/

 

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Wednesday 17th January 2018

The annual Inter-District Cross Country Championships pits the very best Scottish athletes against each other over an undulating, grassy mile circuit against the dramatic backdrop of Arthur’s seat in Holyrood Park.

The annual Inter-District Cross Country Championships pits the very best Scottish athletes against each other over an undulating, grassy mile circuit against the dramatic backdrop of Arthur’s seat in Holyrood Park. The race is the perfect re-introduction to the Cross Country season after the festive period, a fantastic spectacle for all and quite handily a mere stone throw from SSS HQ. A Men’s and Women’s National Student Squad were entered to compete against the regional teams in this highly anticipated event.

This year lived up to expectation, with 26 student athletes across both the senior men’s and women’s races. The race is largely a grudge match between the rival districts and the student teams, with the first 6 athletes across the line for each team counting toward the team placing. The winning team is decided by the team with the lowest score (i.e. 1st place= 1 point, 2nd  place = 2 points etc). This means the race truly is a team effort and every place counts, making it really exciting to compete in and spectate!

The Women’s race was off at 10:40 promptly for the four lap (6km) race, with a blistering pace being set from the off. Annabel Simpson (University of Glasgow), Gillian Black (Queen Margaret University), Zoe Bates (University of Aberdeen), and Naomi Lang (University of Edinburgh) were among the early leaders, holding their own in a stacked field. They were closely followed by the chasing pack which included University of Edinburgh athletes Amy Frankland, Catriona Graves and Rebecca Johnson.

As the race drew to its concluding stages, the leading pack began to splinter with the win taken by Fionnuala Ross (Shettleston Harriers) representing Team West in a time of 22:27. Our athletes stuck together and pushed for a sprint finish as a team. Annabel Simpson was the first Scottish Student home in 24:08 to finish 19th, narrowly ahead of Zoe Bates (20th, 24:09), Gillian Black (21st, 24:12) and Naomi Lang (22nd, 24:20). A big push from Amy Frankland (26th, 24:29) and Catriona Graves (28th, 24:32) coming home one after the other completed the counting places and concluded a very strong team placing for the students. Completing the student contingent were Rebecca Johnson (31st, 24:42), Laura Stark (34th, 24:53), Lauren McCulloch (39th, 25:11), Hannah Addison (40th, 25:15) and Sophie Collins (45th, 25:49).

This meant the Women’s team placed 3rd overall, comfortably ahead of the North District team! Full results can be found HERE.

The Men ran the same course but with an added long and short lap to take the total distance to 8km of muddy Cross Country goodness. As with the Women’s race, the starting pace was blisteringly quick, the first kilometre covered by the leading athletes in just under 3 minutes!

Logan Rees (University of Edinburgh) was among the early leaders, going toe to toe with GB Orienteer Kristian Jones in the early stages of the race. Keeping a close eye on the leaders were Aidan Thompson (University of Stirling) and Euan Gillham (University of Edinburgh) in the large chasing pack. Kristian Jones went on to win in 25:55 and a great effort from Logan Rees to hold off Alastair Hay secured his placed on the podium in 3rd place, in a time of 26:35. The majority of the Men’s student team packed really well to take further coveted high finishing positions, crucial for the overall team competition.

Aidan Thompson (9th, 27:02) and Euan Gillham (10th, 27:04) had a friendly tussle for places and finished as the 2nd and 3rd Men’s students across the line. Hot on their heels were Heriot-Watt University student Jonny Crickmore (13th, 27:16) and University of Glasgow’s Ross Gollan (14th, 27:19) who maintained a healthy competition the whole race. Alex Carcas of University of Edinburgh (16th, 27:21) managed to hold off fellow club mate Jacob Adkin (17th, 27:22) to take the final counting position – quite a feat after running the race at each other’s heels! Finishing the Men’s team performance was University of Glasgow’s Tristan Rees (23rd, 27:40), Gavyn Chalmers (38th, 28:21) also of University of Glasgow, James Donald (43rd, 28:42) of Dundee and Angus College and Ewan Davidson from University of Strathclyde (44th, 28:49).

Fine performances from all, which earned the student team 2nd place in the team competition, a mere 5 points off the winning East team. Full results can be found HERE.

All in all, a fantastic day of Cross Country action and a very successful day for our National Student Squads. Well done to all athletes! A special thank you to all race officials, volunteers and especially our Cross Country Chair, James Dunn, for his fantastic work.

Next on the SS Cross Country and Road calendar is the Road Relay Championships on the 3rd March on Glasgow Green – save the date and see our students in action!

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Tuesday 19th December 2017

Learn how to use our new online entry system

In 2017 we introduced a new event entry system which we refer to as Azolve but is also know as GoMembership!

We appreciate that the system may not be clear to those who have not used it before and have therefore created a User Guide for Institution Administrators which should hopefully answer any questions you may have.

You can access this User guide by clicking HERE.

If you notice that this User Guide is now out of date as we have made updates since this User Guide was published, please do not hesitate to contact Jess Barrows on jess@scottishstudentsport.com. We welcome all feedback regarding this system.

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Monday 18th December 2017

Trials for the National Student Women’s Football Squad were held earlier this month at the home of Scottish Student Football – Oriam, Heriot-Watt University. After careful consideration, the staff are now able to announce the squad for the season ahead.

Trials for the National Student Women’s Football Squad were held earlier this month at the home of Scottish Student Football – Oriam, Heriot-Watt University.Students from across a range of Universities and Colleges trialed extremely well and the coaches were faced with a difficult selection decision.  After careful consideration, the staff are now able to announce the squad for the season ahead.

The squad will be supported by the coaching team which secured a successful 16-17 season, highlighted by the Home Nations Tournament victory with wins against Wales and England. Grant Scott returns as Head Coach, ably assisted by Nichola Sturrock, Graeme Hart and recent addition Mike Ross. Edward Gallagher will continue as Goalkeeping Coach and Florence Haines returns as Team Manager for the second successive year. Photographic support for the season will be from Fiona Boslem at Element Photography after a fantastic year in 2017.

On the pitch there comes a measure of stability too, with no fewer than nine players welcomed back from the triumphant squad of last season. Coach Grant Scott commented on this continuity:

‘There was a really good standard at the trials and it’s great to have a number of returning players from the successful Home Nations team earlier in the year. I am further delighted to include players from a number of academic institutions as well. The staff team are looking forward to building a strong team mentality with the new group of players.’

The 2017-18 SSF Women’s Squad is as follows:

Player Institution
Ciara Bonner University of Stirling
Nicole Cairney University of Edinburgh
Chloe Docherty University of the West of Scotland
Rachel Donaldson University of Stirling
Margaux Durand-Watson University of Edinburgh
Demi Falconer University of Stirling
Rebecca Foote University of Stirling
Alison Lightfoot University of St Andrews
Chloe Logan University of Stirling
Beth Macleod University of Edinburgh
Beth McKay University of Stirling
Darcy Molley University of Strathclyde
Katy Morris University of Stirling
Carly Noble Edinburgh Napier University
Sorenza Orezzoli City of Glasgow College
Charlotte Parker-Smith University of Edinburgh
Kirsten Reilly University of Stirling
Tegan Reynolds University of Edinburgh
Ellie Simpson University of Stirling
Eleanor Smith University of Glasgow
Lucy Stanton University of Edinburgh


This squad brings together a mixture of coaches and players with different football backgrounds and it is a brilliant dynamic I’m proud to be involved in. The International Challenge Matches should provide a real test to the squad as we build into next year’s Home Nations.’

‘We aim to provide the opportunity to students at both Colleges and Universities across the country a chance to represent Scotland. It gives the chance to further develop those who may have played age group international level or to offer players their first international representation.
After the success of last year Team Manager Haines spoke of her desire to continue developing the programme and explained:

Follow the team on twitter @ScotStuFootball!

Photo credit: Element Photography

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Monday 11th December 2017

The first Women’s Scottish Student Sport Freshers Lacrosse League which was held at MES, Edinburgh on Sunday 3rd December 2017.

University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Stirling and Robert Gordon University all took part in round one of the Women’s Scottish Student Sport Freshers Lacrosse League. This was the first of a three-part series of tournaments  designed to provide female students the opportunity to participate in Lacrosse for the first time!

The day started with a group warm up in which Anna Weaver led to ensure a positive and fun atmosphere was set from the word go! After a few stretches teams were ready to battle it out on the pitch. The first scrimmage started at 1.30 pm in which University of Stirling featured against University of Glasgow it was an evenly contested game which resulted in a 2-1 victory to University of Glasgow.

The 2nd fixture of the day saw University of Edinburgh vs Robert Gordon University. Players clearly learned from the umpires and showed a development in their understanding of the rules, specifically the restraining lines. This game ended with Robert Gordon University taking a 4-0 win over University of Edinburgh.

University of Stirling faced Robert Gordon University in their 2nd game of the day, looking to bounce back after their narrow defeat earlier in the day. A strong display of end-to-end lacrosse was played and  University of Stirling took a dominant 5-0 win.

Game number 4 saw the confident University of Glasgow side come out looking for their 2nd win of the day. They managed to score 3 tactically advanced goals against University of Edinburgh with the help Coach Eve Caldwell’s pearls of wisdom from the side lines!

Heading into the final two games of the day it was fair to say teams from far afield were fascinated by the pink skies that overcast Edinburgh… a good break from competition and an opportunity for the Instagram feeds!

University of Stirling and University of Edinburgh were up next, resulting in a 5-1 win for University of Stirling. Shout out goes to Top Goal scorer, Hannah Masterton (University of Stirling), for all her efforts.

University of Glasgow vs Robert Gordon University was the final game of the day and there was no stopping University of Glasgow as they stormed to a 5-0 win.

After a tantalising afternoon of Lacrosse it was safe to say everyone was ready to head home and thaw out!

Gareth Roberts (SS Lacrosse Chair) stated:

“It was great to see so many beginners getting involved in the game; with some fast and exciting lacrosse being played. Though it took a while, it became obvious the Freshers started to see the benefits of settling their offences. It was clear that throughout the Freshers’ tournament that their Lacrosse IQ was growing and they started to understand the game.”

Anna Weaver (Lacrosse Scotland Events Assistant) specified that it was a pleasure to be a part of such a great day of Lacrosse and congratulated all teams and players for their efforts with some great games being played.

Fern Mitchell (Lacrosse Scotland, Participation Officer) commented:

“It was a great opportunity to meet the students as well as having a tournament that allowed for players to try the sport for in some cases the first time, there was a lot of success within each team and individual players, I am looking forward to February where we will see this tournament in action again!”

Results Table

  Stirling Uni Edinburgh Uni Glasgow Uni RGU Total Points
Stirling University   5-1 = 3 points 1-2 = 1 point 5-0 = 3 points 6
Edinburgh University 1-5 = 0 points   0-3 = 0 points 0-4 = 0 points 0
Glasgow University 2-1 = 3 points 3-0 = 3 points   0-5 = 3 points 9
Robert Gordons University 0-5 = 0 points 4-0 = 3 points 0-5 = 0 points   3
           

 

Round two takes place on Sunday 18th February 2018 at University of St Andrews. The third and final round, where teams will battle it off for the Women’s Freshers Cup will be on Sunday 25th March 2018 at Garscube Sports Complex, Glasgow.

You can view all the pictures from the day by checking the Lacrosse Scotland Facebook page.

#GrowTheGame #DevelopTheGame

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Monday 11th December 2017

A clear but very cold day in Plean Country Park, Stirling marked the Cyclo-Cross Championships this year. The course was a mix of paths and grass sections, with a set of hurdles and a muddy run up to negotiate.

A clear but very cold day in Plean Country Park, Stirling marked the Cyclo-Cross Championships this year. The course was a mix of paths and grass sections, with a set of hurdles and a muddy run up to negotiate. The race was organised by Stirling Bike Club and allowed the students to compete alongside 140 other competitors.  In the student category, there were 4 institutions represented.

Louise Borthwick (green) of Edinburgh University following the overall winner Eileen Roe

The women’s race was first and Louise Borthwick, (University of Edinburgh) had a strong start, leading out the student category from Margaret Normand also riding for the University of Edinburgh. Louise was also up in the top positions in the women’s race overall. Over the 40 minutes race, the competitors completed 8 laps of the course, and by half way Louise had cemented herself as the leader in the student category and 3rd in the overall race.

1st Louise Borthwick (University of Edinburgh) 2nd Margaret Normand (University of Edinburgh)

The student men were in the final race of the day with the senior men. By this stage, the course was particularly muddy and there were a few crashes in the opening laps as the riders learned the course.

Calum Kennedy (University of St Andrews) sliding out on the mud

There was a close battle in the student category between Calum Kennedy (University of St Andrews) and Charles Fletcher (University of Edinburgh) with Danny Mulholland (University of Glasgow) following closely in 3rd. Calum had a strong start but Charles had the endurance and pulled away slowly over the hour race. By 13 laps, Charles was leading the student race and sitting 4th in the men’s overall. Calum was the 2nd student man over the line (8th overall), with Danny finishing in 3rd and 15th overall.

Right to left: Calum Kennedy (University of St Andrews), Charles Fletcher (University of Edinburgh) and Danny Mulholland (University of Glasgow)

Thank you to Stirling Bike Club for hosting us and also to SS Cycling Chair (Emma Borthwick) for her assistance with organising the event. Well done to all competitors!

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