Strathclyde Take Silver at Taxis Cup

The University of Strathclyde were runners up in the ninth annual Glasgow Taxis Cup last this year. The competition which pits the University against city rivals Glasgow University and Glasgow Caledonian, is the largest student sporting event in Scotland.

Over the past 9 years the intervarsity tournament has grown in size and is now the most prized piece of silverware between the three Universities. The day-long event consisted of 15 different sports over six different venues with six sports and the finale taking place at the newly built world-class Emirates Arena.

Over 700 athletes entered the competition and, for the first time, paid a registration fee, with the money raised going to charity. This year the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, situated by the River Clyde in Glasgow City Centre, was chosen for the great work carried out by their staff and volunteers.

Stephen Flynn, Vice-Chairman of Glasgow Taxis Ltd, said: “The event was successful and the organisers from the universities have done a great job in putting it all together. It’s great to see so many students getting involved in sport, with some future Scotland stars in their team colours.”

Colin Evans, University of Strathclyde Sports Union President, said: “All of our guys played really well and the feedback from the event has been great. The Emirates is such a fantastic venue.”

Strathclyde took away gold medals in Cricket, Badminton and Women’s Football and came close second in many of the other fixtures. Glasgow took home their fifth win at the competition, overtaking Strathclyde’s previous record of four cup wins.

This year also featured three exhibition sports take part with the ambition of being a full featured sport in future games. Track Cycling, won by Strathclyde, took place at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome within the Emirates Arena complex. Fencing was also competed at the arena with Gaelic Football taking place at the Coatbridge GAA pitches.d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(s);