One week to go

It is just one week until Scotland’s biggest inter-varsity sports event kicks off in Glasgow!

Over 600 student athletes from the University of Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde, and Glasgow Caledonian University will take on their bitter rivals for the chance to win the Glasgow Taxis Cup on Wednesday 20 March.

Established in 2005 as The Glasgow Cup, the tournament was rebranded in 2011 following sponsorship from Glasgow Taxis Ltd – who have recently signed a deal to be the main sponsor until 2025.

Stephen Flynn, Glasgow Taxis Ltd chairman, said: “We are very proud to be longstanding supporters of the Glasgow Taxis Cup and await next week’s competition with great anticipation.

“Our new Your City’s Friend brand very much tells the story of our relationship with the three universities in Glasgow. Indeed, in 2018 our Safe Home scheme helped more than 150 students get home safely when in situations without money and all alone.

“It’s just another example of what Glasgow Taxis does on a daily basis and shows the value we place on what university life and students from across the world bring to the city.”

The Glasgow Taxis Cup has grown and developed every year, involving more sports and athletes as well as utilising top class venues across the city – with the 2019 competition seeing students face off against their city rivals in 14 sports at 10 locations.

This year, the featured sport is netball, which will be played at the Emirates Arena – home of Strathclyde Sirens, Scotland’s biggest women’s semi-pro sports team.

Strathclyde Netball’s Kirsty Johnson feels her club’s link with the Sirens can inspire them to victory next week.

She said: “The Sirens have shown us how to win big games and we are confident that we can harness the energy from playing at the Emirates to win next week.”

Louise O’Neill, from Glasgow University Netball, is hoping for some revenge on their city rivals.

She said: “Strathclyde have narrowly beaten us twice in the league this year, so this time we are going get some payback and make sure that doesn’t happen. Besides, winning the Glasgow Taxis Cup is just what Glasgow do!”

Although ranked below their opponents in BUCS, Glasgow Caledonian University have won some important netball matches at the Glasgow Taxis Cup over the years, and Bethin Macdonald believes they can do it again.

She said: “We’ve got two matches to prove we can mix it with our city rivals – and I know we can win. We’ve shocked them in the past and we’re ready to do it again next week!”

Throughout the day, students will also be competing in 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 took place a week earlier on 13 March.

As well as the Emirates, students will be competing at other high calibre venues including the brand new Strathclyde Sport, Scotstoun Leisure Centre, and Garscube Sports Complex.

The winning team in each sport gains points for their university before all the scores are tallied and the victorious institution is announced following the netball finale at the Emirates Arena.

The University of Glasgow are the current holders, having lifted the trophy the last eight years in a row, with Strathclyde having won the competition four times, and Glasgow Caledonian still awaiting their maiden victory.