GCU students will look the part at Glasgow Taxis Cup

19 February 2016

GCU students will look the part at Glasgow Taxis Cup

GCU athletes sport their new kit to be worn at the Glasgow Taxis Cup

Sporting students from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will showcase their new kit and their skills at the Glasgow Taxis Cup.

Scotland’s largest inter-university tournament on Wednesday, March 23, pits students from GCU against their Glasgow and Strathclyde counterparts.

Around 200 GCU students will compete across 17 sports hosted at venues including the Emirates Arena and Scotstoun Stadium. There is even a mascot race, where GCU’s very own Caley Bear will be bidding for glory in what promises to be an epic battle.

It is the twelfth year of the competition and whilst GCU has yet to return home with the Glasgow Taxis Cup, it continues to deliver impressive results. Last year, the GCU team enjoyed victories in the Women’s Volleyball and Men’s Gaelic Football.

Katrina Bevan (pictured third from the right), GCU Women’s Volleyball Captain, said: “The Glasgow Taxis cup is the event I always look forward to. It marks the conclusion of the sporting year and there is great Caledonian camaraderie – we all know that we are the underdogs – but that doesn't stop us giving it everything. At the end of the day, it's the underdogs that everyone is rooting for.”

Former Scotland international footballer and GCU honorary graduate Pat Nevin will also be cheering for his alma mater. “I’ll be backing blue on the day,” said Pat, who studied for a degree in commerce at one of GCU’s founding institutions, the Glasgow College of Technology.

“If the Caledonian athletes need inspiration then they just need to look at Leicester City to see a real life underdog story. It’s a great opportunity for the student athletes to renew their city rivalries while experiencing a big competition. Best of luck to everyone competing, but I’ll be looking for blue ribbons on the cup.”

In June, GCU Students’ Association will hold its 20th annual sports awards dinner, having supported former Scottish, British and even World champions.

Neil Alexander, Vice President SEBE, GCU Students’ Association, said: “It is fantastic for our students to be involved in Scotland’s biggest inter-varsity tournament. Whilst we may not have the same luxuries in terms of facilities as our rivals, GCU continues to be the beating heart of the Glasgow Taxis’ Cup. Our students love being a part of sport at GCU and this is the biggest year for our sport yet as we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of our Sports Ball. Good luck to all the student athletes participating this year, especially those competing for the blue and white army.”

The Glasgow Taxis Cup will be broadcast live on Radio Caley and concludes with a trophy presentation at the Emirates Arena.