Key Information

Badminton is the fastest racquet sport in the world, and one of the most popular sports in Scottish higher and further education institutions.

Sport Chair: Emma Cook


Governing Body: Badminton Scotland

You might want to know…

  • Badminton can be played as both an individual and team sport. Throughout the academic year college and university students can enter teams into the BUCS mixed, women’s and men’s leagues.

  • If team events are not your thing, but you still want to compete, you can play in the BUCS National Championships in singles, doubles and mixed doubles against colleges and universities throughout the UK. Lucky individuals can then progress to playing in Europe and beyond in the European and World University Championships.

  • We also run the Scottish College and University Championships where students from across the country come together to compete in the two-day event covering singles, doubles and mixed doubles. The event is one of the most popular in the calendar year and is followed by a social ceilidh and night out.

Meet your Sports Chair

Emma Cook

Emma joined Scottish Student sport originally in 2014 as a Play Sport Promoter before becoming Badminton Chair in 2019. She represented Scotland on numerous occasions, whilst competing internationally for over 10 years, and now plays locally and in the EBA circuit.

Her academic journey started at Ayrshire College with an HNC in Sports Coaching and Development, before she continued this course at the University of Glasgow to complete her BA (Hons). This was then followed by a M.Ed in Early Years.

As Emma works to create an enjoyable badminton programme for all students, she also works as a Promotions and Events Coordinator for a charity organising events for individuals with learning disabilities, in addition to being an Early Years Educator.

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