More than 600 students in Glasgow will don their university colours next month as Scotland’s biggest inter-varsity sports tournament returns.
Teams from the University of Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde, and Glasgow Caledonian University will face off across the city on Wedn esday 20 March, vying to win the Glasgow Taxis Cup.
The fiercely-contested competition will see students compete with their city rivals in 14 sports at 10 venues throughout Glasgow.
This year’s featured sport is netball, and student athletes, volunteers, and fans will watch the tournament’s climactic final match at the Emirates Arena – home of Strathclyde Sirens, Scotland’s biggest semi-professional women’s sports team.
Once the netball is finished, each sport’s winner will be announced as part of a closing ceremony which includes cheerleader before the victorious university is named.
The other sports that will decide the winning institution on are football (men’s and women’s), rugby (M&W), hockey (M&W), basketball (M&W), athletics, swimming, badminton, volleyball, trampoline, fencing, and equestrian, as well as cross country and snowsports – which take place a week earlier on 13 March.
The world-class Emirates Arena will host a number of different sports as well as the netball finale, with other venues including Scotstoun Stadium, Garscube Sports Complex and Strathclyde Sport.
The Glasgow Taxis Cup is entering its sixteenth year, having been established in 2005 as The Glasgow Cup. The tournament was rebranded in 2011 following sponsorship by Glasgow Taxis Ltd, who have signed a deal last season to be the main sponsor until 2025.
The University of Glasgow are the current holders, having won the last eight years in a row, making it 10 victories in total.
Glasgow University Sports Association President Paddy Everingham is hopeful of continuing his side’s winning run.
He said: “We want to keep proving that we are the best sporting university in this city. We’ve won it 10 times, and now we’re going for 10 in a row – I want to keep the run going!”
Strathclyde Sports Union President Alex Brock is aiming to be the first Strathclyder to lift the trophy since 2010.
He said: “I want to see the trophy back in maroon ribbons! We’ve won it before and had some agonising losses in recent year, but this is the year we get it back!”
Glasgow Caledonian University have yet to win the Glasgow Taxis Cup but their Sports President Moses Apiliga feels this could be their year.
He said: “Every year we pick up a few wins and sometimes surprise the other universities. I think it could come together for us this time and I believe we can win it!”
Stephen Flynn, Glasgow Taxis chairman, said: “We are very proud to be longstanding partners of the Glasgow Taxis Cup, another example of what we do and give back as a friend of the city.
“The event itself perfectly combines fierce but fair competition with the friendliness and socialising which is such an important part of university life. It’s terrific to see the enthusiasm of all three universities at today’s launch and we very much look forward to helping the sporting students, their families and friends travel safely around the various venues next month – may the best teams win!”
Strathclyde Sirens, Scotland’s only semi-professional netball team, recently partnered with University of Strathclyde and are proud to support Glasgow Taxis Cup. For home fixtures, tickets and more, head to www.sirensnetball.com.