Wednesday 4th May 2022

The University of St Andrews has been named ‘University Club of the year’ in the Tennis Scotland Awards and former Director of Tennis at St Andrews, Mike Aitken has deservedly won the prestigious lifetime achievement award! 

The University of St Andrews has been named ‘University Club of the year’ in the Tennis Scotland Awards and former Director of Tennis at St Andrews, Mike Aitken has deservedly won the prestigious lifetime achievement award!

The 2022 award winners were announced on the 29th of April and highlighted Tennis success across Scotland. An excerpt from the awards announcement stated:

“This year, the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award, reserved for individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the sport over a prolonged period, has been awarded to Mike Aitken. As an advocate for participation in the Fife community, Mike served as Head Coach at St Andrews Tennis Club for 17 years, in addition to operating as Director of Tennis at the University of St Andrews between 2010-2021.

Displaying the legacy Mike has left at the institution, the University of St Andrews has also been named amongst this year’s winners, claiming the sought-after University of the Year award in the education category.”

The full list of winners can be seen here.

Scottish Student Sport would like to extend a huge congratulations to both Mike and the University of St Andrews Tennis club.

 

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Thursday 28th April 2022

It’s Awards Season again!! We are now accepting nominations for the 2021/22 SSS Awards! Read on for more information on the different award categories, the nomination process and where the winners will be crowned.

We are delighted to announce that the SSS 2021/22 Awards are officially open!

With a return to activity, this year the Executive Committee have decided that we should revert back to our usual set of awards. We are really looking forward to receiving all the fantastic nominations.

The Awards 

We are accepting individual nominations in the following five categories:

  • Female Athlete of the Year- Aimed at high performance female student athletes, whether or not they compete for their college or university. This will be awarded to a female individual for outstanding sporting achievement at the highest level during the 2021-22 season (April 2021 – April 2022) while making a tangible contribution to the institution.
  • Male Athlete of the Year- Aimed at high performance male student athletes, whether or not they compete for their college or university. This will be awarded to a male individual for outstanding sporting achievement at the highest level during the 2021-22 season (April 2021- April 2022) while making a tangible contribution to the institution.
  • Volunteer of the Year- Aimed at students and non-students who volunteer at a local level. This is not aimed at volunteers primarily in a SSS role (please see Dr Rob Macpherson Award); coaches (see Coach of the Year); paid staff going the extra mile (see Honorary President’s Medal). This will be awarded to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to student sport at a local level during the 2021-22 year. The contribution may be in many forms such as exceptional active or administrative services to a club, college, or university; as a faithful club servant, committee member, leader; official; or purely down to their love of sport. Volunteers purely in a coaching capacity should be nominated for the Coach of the Year award.
  • Coach of the Year- Aimed at those who coach student sport/ student athletes at any level of performance. They may be either volunteer coaches or paid coaches. Not aimed at professional coaches based in Higher Education for whom student athletes are not the main focus. This award will be given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to student sport by coaching during the 2021-22 season. Good quality coaching; innovative ideas; dedication to the sport; and a drive to continually improve their own skills are features of an outstanding coach.
  • Honorary Presidents Medal- Aimed at any individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to/lasting impact on student sport at a local, regional or national level. Nominees should be regarded as wonderful examples/ advocates of student sport and their behaviour should resonate with the above SSS values.

We are accepting group nominations in the following two categories:

  • Club of the Year- Aimed at the all-round best performing Club, on and off the field of play. Not aimed at clubs that have had a successful competition year only. This will be awarded to a club that can demonstrate impact in the 2021-22 season. Increasing memberships, upping participation, innovative projects, developing volunteers, promoting the role of officials; fundraising, community links and involvement in institution activity are just certain elements that would demonstrate excellence.
  • Team of the Year- Aimed at the most successful, high performing student teams in the country, whether within SSS/BUCS competition or further afield. Not aimed at a team that performs to the fullest of its potential in the lower levels of competition e.g. a third team that has a 100% season is still unlikely to win this award. This will be awarded to a team for outstanding sporting achievement at the highest level during the 2021-22 season (April 2021-April 2022). This can include international performances.
  • The final award is the Dr Rob Macpherson Award. This award differs slightly from the rest of our awards – there are no nominations, instead, the winner is selected by the SSS staff team as opposed to the Executive Committee. The award is aimed at any individual who has made an outstanding contribution to volunteering with Scottish Student Sport.

Check out our 2020/21 award winners here! 🏆

The Details

  • Nominations for each category should be a maximum of 500 words.
  • Institutions can nominate in as many categories as they wish, but may only put forward one entry per category.
  • Past winners can receive the same award again.
  • Only member institutions can nominate. All member institutions have been sent login details to the online portal where nominations should be submitted.
  • Nominations close on THURSDAY 12th MAY at 18:00 and the Executive Council will then decide on the winners.
  • Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on Wednesday 8th June, as part of the SSS Conference.
  • Please contact Totty with any queries.
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Monday 25th April 2022

Records were toppled last weekend as the Student Athletics Championship returned to a sunny Grangemouth Stadium. 

Women's Athletics Hurdles

Records were toppled at the Student Athletics Championship returned to a sunny Grangemouth Stadium after a long 3 year break. Students were delighted to be back competing in the Outdoor Championships, with more than two hundred and twenty entrants representing Colleges and Universities across Scotland.

Arriving with smiles on their faces, their mascots and a bunch of team spirit the stadium came alive once more with student energy.

It was a record-breaking day all round, with five records broken across the track and field! In the Women’s 100m Hurdles Katie Purves of the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) smashed her own record from the competition with a blistering time of 14.19s. Following soon after Roisin Harrison (University of Aberdeen), ran an incredible 24.06 in the Women’s 200m, beating Katie Purves (UWS) and Charlotte Bevan (Robert Gordon University, RGU) at the line. The third track record break came from University of Stirling’s, Sarah Tait, who shattered the Woman’s 3000m Steeplechase, taking victory from Margarita Radeva (Aberdeen) and Sarah Gilhooley (RGU) and breaking a record that has stood for 8 years. In the field events, Claire McGarvey from University of Glasgow broke the Women’s high jump with an excellent 1.75m jump! Meanwhile, Alice Baxendale broke a 6 year old record in the Women’s Discus with a massive 42.59m.

Students from up and down the field showcased student athletics at its very best, and a true festival atmosphere was felt by all. It was particularly excellent to see multiple college students participate – and especially on the podium! Finlay Waugh (City of Glasgow College) claimed gold in the Men’s 200m running a phenomenal 21.72. Meanwhile Ben Sandilands from Scottish Rural College topped the field in the Men’s 1500m by over 2 seconds. It was a great day for Alexander Mackay (UHI) who took double gold in the Men’s Discus and Men’s Shot Putt, firmly clear of his competitors in both field events.

The stands came alive as students raced the relays to seal off the day, squeezing in one last opportunity to earn some overall event points for their institution. It was a strong showing in the afternoon session which sealed the deal, however, and rapturous excitement could be heard across Grangemouth Stadium as the University of Glasgow took home the John Innes Memorial Trophy for the 9th year in a row!

The full ratified results can be found here and John Innes Memorial Trophy Results can be found here.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Scottish Athletics and the volunteers that made this event possible, as well as the students brought such a competitive energy with them.

An album of photographs by Bobby Gavin can be found here, and a further album from Scottish Student Sport can be found here.

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Friday 22nd April 2022

After a hiatus due to Covid-19, the Scottish Student Triathlon Championships returned as part of the East Fife Triathlon Club’s Annual Triathlon, held at Cupar Sports Centre on Sunday 10th April.

After a hiatus due to Covid-19, the Scottish Student Triathlon Championships returned as part of the East Fife Triathlon Club’s Annual Triathlon, held at Cupar Sports Centre on Sunday 10th April.

It’s worth noting that this was the highest number of student participants recorded since the event started being run as part of the EFT Annual Triathlon in 2017! In addition to the clubs, teams from the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde and Aberdeen as well as Robert Gordon University were in attendance. This is a massive achievement for the only Scottish Student Triathlon event able to run all year!

The event had an excellent atmosphere due to all the supporters and family members who came to spectate. Many crowded the barriers around the transition area offering encouragement to the athletes as they rushed to mount their bikes and set off down the track. As the cyclists trickled away from the venue and out into the rural hills of Cupar, they were all smiles. Whilst the latter half of the competitors were setting off, the first groups started to appear back at transition.

After the cycling came the running, as the athletes quickly dropped their bikes and were directed out to the track behind the sports centre. The first stretch of the run went through a scenic, wooded path, before coming out at the sports field. Competitors then had to make several laps before coming around the corner to the finish line. This was set out in front of the stands so all the supporters could cheer on the athletes rounding the final bend.

Shortly after the final competitor crossed the finish line all participants gathered in the club house for the medal ceremony.

In the men’s student category the winner was Rory Strachan of the University of Stirling with 1:05:46, followed by Thomas Dalgarno of Stirling (1:06:30) and Angus Toms of the University of Edinburgh (1:06:57). In the women’s student category, the winner was Hollie Hindley of the University of Edinburgh with 1:16:26, followed by Miriam Gilbride of the University of Glasgow (1:17:57) and Emme Thomas of Edinburgh (1:20:32). In the men’s team category, the winners were the University of Stirling with a combined time of 3:27:19, followed closely by the University of Edinburgh (3:27:35) and the University of Glasgow (3:46:01). In the women’s team category, the winners were the University of Edinburgh with 4:02:46, followed by the University of St Andrews (4:17:17) and the University of Glasgow (4:21:37).

Many thanks to East Fife Triathlon Club and the volunteers from Scottish Student Triathlon Chair for organising the event.

mens podium

 

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Thursday 21st April 2022

The University of St Andrews bested The University of Stirling in a gripping Final to hoist the #SheCanSheWill Cup.

St Andrews Women's Football

The University of St Andrews bested The University of Stirling in a gripping Final to hoist the #SheCanSheWill Cup.

Held at Oriam on Wednesday 20th April, the #SheCanSheWill Cup Final saw The University of St Andrews face off against The University of Stirling to claim the title of top women’s side among Scottish universities and colleges. The newly named cup (formerly called the ‘Womens’ Cup’) reflects the ongoing drive to progress women’s sport in Scotland and the number of supporters who took to the stands shows clearly that the women’s game is on the rise.

The first half went by in a flash as strong defence by both teams resulted in a halftime score of 0-0. Attempts came from Isabella Rosalina and Maddie Curtis of St Andrews. However, the Stirling defenders were on their game, led by goalkeeper Victoria Scarratt. This trend continued into the latter half as both teams moved the ball down the pitch, seeking opportunities and testing the defence. The first opportunity of the second half came for Stirling on a corner, but a header from Jodie Malcolm was saved by substitute goalkeeper, Mariel Gordon. St Andrews looked to threaten in the 56th minute with a shot to the bottom corner from Mary Dugan, however, a phenomenal diving save denied them once more.

The gripping back-and-forth continued, with both defences stifling any attempts to venture deep into opposing territory. The next close call came from St Andrews in the 65th minute as a save from Scarratt resulted in a corner, upon which the Saints nearly capitalised. The stellar goalkeeping continued as Scaratt once again deflected a shot from Rosalina. Stirling seemed to find more of a rhythm and pushed back with fighting spirit but at 90 minutes, the score remained 0-0.

Extra time began with Stirling driving down the pitch. The crowd held their breath but the shot at goal just went wide. The Saints looked to turn the tables quickly, and soon found their way into enemy territory. Taking advantage of a few mistakes by Stirling, St Andrews got a great opportunity with a corner but once more the crowd were denied the goal. St Andrews quickly got back on the offensive as Rosalina snuck in behind the defenders after a long pass from Gordon, which her sights on the goal. The shot was just knocked away by a sensational sliding tackle from Holly Watson and Stirling breathed a sigh of relief. The stalemate continued as the Stirling attackers found themselves unable to make ground. A shot from Malcolm just ricocheted off the post and extra time finished goalless

Penalties are no-one’s favourite, but the Cup Winners needed to be crowned. The first shot from Rebecca Hellgren (Stirling) went wide. St Andrews’ first was scored by  Clare O’Connor who guided the ball into the bottom left corner. Next from Stirling, the shot by Chenoa Rainer went just too high, aiming for the top corner. Daisy Beddall made it 2-0 for St Andrews as she drilled the ball past the keeper. Keeping Stirling in the game, Maria Rishina sent the keeper the wrong way for an easy goal. Next for Saints, Isabella Rosalina hooked the ball to the left which kept the score 2-1. Lindsey Blues stepped up for Stirling and despite the pressure building, she delivered a neat goal to the bottom left corner to tie the score. St Andrews’ managed to retake the lead after a goal from Natalie Chandler hit off the hand of Scarratt and went in. Barely a sound could be heard in the stadium as, Jackie Malcolm took her shot for Stirling. Her attempt was denied by goalkeeper Gordon causing the St Andrews bench to empty as they stormed the pitch to celebrate. University of St Andrews won the #SheCanSheWill Cup 3-2 in a nailbiting penalty shootout!

Congratulations to the University of St Andrews and Player of the Match, Isabella Rosalina of St Andrews. They received their silverware from Jen Malone (South East Regional Manager from the SFA) to rapturous applause from the stand. Thank you to Oriam for hosting the event and to our match officials.

Live streaming was provided by Youth Football Scotland and a full replay of the match can be seen here.

A full album of photographs can be seen here.

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Wednesday 13th April 2022

After a long two years the Scottish Student Men’s Football Finals returned today at Oriam, with Heriot-Watt University and the University of Stirling battling it out for the illustrious Queens Park Shield. 

Men's Football

After a long two years the Scottish Student Football Finals returned today at Oriam, with Heriot-Watt University and the University of Stirling battling it out for the illustrious Men’s Queens Park Shield.

The Queens Park Shield was first awarded in 1922 and this year, 100 years on, we continued the tradition at Oriam. Due to a Covid-19 enforced hiatus players took to the park for the 98th instalment of this historic tournament.

After taking the knee to demonstrate Scottish Student Sport’s ongoing commitment to fighting racism and discrimination of any form in sport, the game kicked off at the National Performance Centre. The University of Stirling started well with a strong charge up the field putting the pressure on the Heriot-Watt defence. Stirling’s Jason Jarvis (later named the game’s MVP) scored a blinder just five minutes into the match. He was well rewarded for a great bit of positioning that allowed him to curve the ball past the Heriot-Watt keeper, Matthew Sherry, and hit the net at the bottom right corner.

The game stayed evenly matched for the next twelve minutes until a challenge in the box saw Heriot-Watt University awarded a penalty against the Stirling side. HWU Captain Craig Smith stepped forward and calmly placed the ball past Stirling’s keeper, Ben Fry, to equalise.

The rest of the half played out similarly, with ferocious play from both sides culminating in a level scoreboard heading into halftime.

After a brief break the players were back on the park, fired up and ready to provide an exciting second half. After a strong opening from the University of Stirling the Heriot-Watt defence turned it up to eleven, beating back merciless attacks from the Stirling side and countering well. The tempo of the game began to change however and both sides brought on a multitude of subs, looking to find the winning formula that would seal success.

Evenly matched going into the 85th minute it was looking like it could have been anyone’s game, however Heriot-Watt’s Campbell Marr was determined to take home the shield. After a phenomenal drive from the Watt and a few small defensive errors from Stirling, a great cross from Daniel Irvine bounced off the Stirling defender and found Marr’s feet, leaving him to seal the deal with a tap into the goal. University of Stirling continued to fight valiantly into extra time but it was not enough to overcome Heriot-Watt’s defence. The match ended with two goals to Heriot-Watt University and one goal to the University of Stirling.

As the final whistle was blown, Heriot Watt Head Coach Bejay Koya charged onto the park with a delighted smile, yells of triumph were heard throughout the Oriam stands and across the pitch – Heriot-Watt University celebrated winning the Queens Park Shield Trophy for the first time since 2008! With more than one hundred and sixty spectators in the stands, the atmosphere was electric and the players could not contain their excitement as SSS Competitions Chair, Chris Sellar, awarded their medals. Well done to runners-up, University of Stirling, who held their heads high and should remain proud to be Queen’s Park Shield finalists.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our three referees, event volunteers and Oriam staff who made this fantastic celebration of student football happen.

Special thanks to Youth Football Scotland who live-streamed the action which you can watch on the SSS YouTube Channel HERE. You can also check out our photo album from the event on the SSS Facebook Page HERE.

Want more exciting football action? University of Stirling and University of St Andrews battle it out at Oriam on 20th April to win the prestigious SheCanSheWill Cup. You can get your tickets HERE.

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Tuesday 5th April 2022

After three years SSS has finally seen the return of the Littlejohn and McHue Porter Shinty tournaments. The day was a great success for student shinty with competitive games at all stages.

After three years SSS has finally seen the return of the Littlejohn and McHue Porter Shinty tournaments. The day was a great success for student shinty with competitive games at all stages. Read on to hear the round-up from Scottish Student Shinty.
In the Women’s McHue Porter Trophy, the University of Strathclyde topped the table after the group stage with the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh playing a decider to see who would join in the final. The University of Edinburgh came out 1-0 victors in the playoff after a very close game to progress on.
Despite this it was the University of Strathclyde Women’s who came out 3-0 winners in the final to claim the McHue Porter trophy, after a fine display of teamwork.
Within the Men’s Tournament the University of Strathclyde topped the group stage with the University of Aberdeen finishing a close 2nd. In the final nothing could separate the two teams with the match finishing goalless. It took penalties for a winner to be decided, and after 5 penalties both teams stood even again with both keepers making some excellent saves. It was then onto sudden death before captain Liam Arnott was able to find the back of the net for Strathclyde.
Congratulations to both teams today in their respective wins and to all teams in attendance for making such a good day.
Men’s Littlejohn

1st Strathclyde University

2nd Aberdeen University

3rd Edinburgh University

 

Women’s McHue Porter

1st Strathclyde University

2nd Edinburgh University

3rd Glasgow University

 

Full results can be found HERE

An album of photographs from the day can be found here.

 

Thank you to University of St Andrews for hosting us!

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Wednesday 30th March 2022

In Scotland’s Performance Sport Centre at the Oriam, on 20th March 2022, spectators were treated to an exhibition of the best of Scottish Student Handball during this year’s Scottish Student Handball League Finals day.

In Scotland’s Performance Sport Centre at the Oriam, on 20th March 2022, spectators were treated to an exhibition of the best of Scottish Student Handball during this year’s Scottish Student Handball League Finals day.

This event pitches the teams who finish in the top 4 of the League against each other to crown the ultimate Scottish Student Handball Champions.

The semi-final fixtures produced 4 excellent showcases of student handball and provided further evidence for the sport’s growth in popularity over recent years. The day was begun with a University of Glasgow Women showing their class against a competitive Dundee side, finishing in 20-8 to Glasgow. We also saw the 5-year unbeaten Men’s University of Strathclyde team continue in good form, besting the Heriot Watt University Men’s team 12-12, and continuing their journey to the Final.

The Women’s Final saw University of Glasgow complete a clean sweep in their domestic league, remaining undefeated as they saw off a valiant effort from cross-city rivals, University of Strathclyde, in the final. Anja Kristensen was named Most Valuable Player of the match for her contributions in that excellent match.

The Men’s Final proved a tense and hotly-contested affair, with both sides showing their mettle. As the clock ran down it appeared as though Edinburgh’s new men’s team would see off Strathclyde in normal time, but a spirited comeback saw Strathclyde take the game to penalties.  In the end, it wasn’t to be for the men in maroon as the University of Edinburgh kept their nerve and claimed the Scottish Student Handball title in their inaugural season, breaking Strathclyde’s unbeaten record. Congratulations to Thomas Huesby who was recognised as the Most Valuable Player.

The final standings were as follows:

 

Men:

1st – University of Edinburgh

2nd – University of Strathclyde

3rd – Herriot-Watt University

4th – University of Glasgow

 

Women:

1st – University of Glasgow

2nd – University of Strathclyde

3rd – University of Dundee

4th – University of Edinburgh

 

Thank you to all the teams, the Scottish Student Handball Volunteers, Scottish Handball Association, the referees, Oriam and of course the fantastic supporters who came along to cheer on the teams. Well done and congratulations to the deserving winners University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh!

 

Full results can be found on our website HERE. Photos can be found HERE

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Monday 28th March 2022

The sun shined on University of St Andrews which hosted an outdoor recreational netball tournament for students across Scotland.

Student netball is growing at a rapid rate around the country and the SS Netball Development Group recognised the lack of opportunities available for students who just wanted to play for fun, rather than be involved in regular BUCS activity. Thus the SS Netball Recreational Tournament was born! The event was designed to bring non-BUCS players from around the country together to simply enjoy playing the sport – though prizes were up for grabs of course!

COVID-19 and coursework led to a few withdrawals, but we were delighted to see over 30 students from University of Stirling, University of St Andrews and (two) University of Edinburgh teams compete. Well done to Edinburgh’s 1st Rec Team for winning the overall tournament! Full results can be found HERE.

In the Partnership Agreement with Netball Scotland, SSS shared the goal of increasing the number of students to be qualified as Level C Umpires and therefore were delighted that the event gave 12 umpires a chance to be assessed by umpiring matches at the tournament. The tournament provided the framework and Netball Scotland provided the expertise of three highly experienced and respected assessors: partnership in action.

Emma Cartmill, SS Netball Chair, commented “This was my first SS Netball Event since coming into the role in Feb 2020! I was excited to be part of the event organisation and even more delighted to see students playing Rec Netball outdoors and enjoying themselves in the glorious sunshine – such a treat! Huge thanks to the SSS Staff, the SS Netball Development Group, event volunteers, Saint Sport and Netball Scotland for making the day a great success.”

It is hoped that this event will grow in years to come and continue to provide a platform for increasing the workforce in Scotland.

Rebecca Hope, Head of Netball for Netball Scotland, provided the following statement: “Netball Scotland are passionate about ensuring opportunities for all to participate and compete in Netball. The NS/SSS Partnership continually allows us to challenge each other to provide more opportunities as well as utilising this for additional student specific workforce development. We can’t wait to support this event again in the future.”

The most important thing was that the students had fun and enjoyed getting active. You can see their energy in the photo album on the Scottish Student Facebook page!

Many thanks to all involved in bringing this event to life, we are already looking forward to the next one in 2023.

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Monday 28th March 2022

SSS Badminton Championships were back at Robert Gordon University this year with some amazing performances.

Badminton players high fiving over the net

SSS Badminton Championships (sponsored by Ashaway) were back at Robert Gordon University this year with some amazing performances! Barbara Drozdowska from Scottish Student Badminton sums up the biggest student badminton event in three years.

“On the 11th and 12th of March we witnessed the comeback of SSS Badminton Championships after a three-year break. 152 players from 12 universities competed at Robert Gordon University in a great atmosphere.

From the quarterfinals on we saw some incredibly high-level performances, with many matches going into three intense sets. Special mentions for the most spectacular players of the Championships need to go to Ben Torrance (University of Strathclyde) and Ai Jiang (University of Edinburgh) for making the semi-finals in all three possible events. On top of that, a huge effort was made by Kenneth Cheung (University of Strathclyde) and Ai who managed to advance into two finals, winning one and both of them respectively!

We’d like to extend a big congratulations to the finalists. In singles, Michael McGuire (Glasgow Caledonian University) took the win against Kenneth Cheung in, while Anett Karsai (University of Stirling) claimed the gold after Lindsey Ireland’s (University of Glasgow) retirement due to injury. In men’s and women’s doubles, Kenneth Cheung/Glen Lewington (University of Strathclyde) and Ai Jiang/Grace Choi (University of Edinburgh) were better than Calum Atterbury/Peter Sawkins (University of Edinburgh) and Emma Donald/Jennifer Lafferty. Following that, the last match of Saturday featured an all-Edinburgh final with Ai Jiang/Calum Atterbury confidently dominating Emily Harrison/Derek Zhao in two sets.

We would like to thank Badminton Scotland for their support leading up to and during the Championships, as well as our sponsor Ashaway who provided an excellent stringing service, prizes for the winners and shuttles during all our matches. We are looking forward to working with them again in the future!

Full results can be found here.  Photos from the event can be found HERE

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