Glasgow Taxis Cup: University of Glasgow triumphs over rivals for the seventh year

By Ian Marland at

The annual Glasgow Taxis Cup has been won by the University of Glasgow.

The team beat city rivals Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Strathclyde for the seventh year in a row.

The Glasgow Taxis Cup had more than 700 students competing across 16 sports earlier this week.

Support: Cheerleaders in action before the prize giving ceremony. Photo credit: Martin Shields.

It is now in its thirteenth year with event sponsors Glasgow Taxis Ltd supporting the event since 2011.

The competition featured the following sports: athletics, badminton, basketball, cross country, equestrian, football, fencing, golf, hockey, netball, rugby, snowsports, swimming, tennis, trampolining and volleyball.

Points were allocated to the winner of individual sports events in order to decide the victorious university.

Competition: Mathew Carder of University of Glasgow (left) and Alex Dunn (in headband) from University of Strathclyde. Photo credit Martin Shields.

Much of the sporting action took place at Scotstoun Sports Campus, Stepps Playing Fields, Garscube Sports Complex and GCU Arc.

Ruari Thomson, Sports President Glasgow University Sports Union, said: “I’m delighted.

“Our teams have been training hard all year, put in a great shift over the course of the competition and it is great to see that being rewarded with bringing home the trophy for a 7th year in a row.

“The event was a massive success and I think a big thanks has to go to Stephen Flynn and the whole team at Glasgow Taxis as it couldn’t have happened without them.

Raucous: The University of Glasgow fans cheer their win. Photo credit: Martin Shields

“All three universities fought their hardest and I think today has shown how great student sport is in Glasgow right now. Bring on next year!”

Lauren Ramage, Student President Glasgow Caledonian University Students’Association, said: “I am so proud of all the GCU students who took part in the Glasgow Taxis Cup.

“This sporting event is the highlight of the year for our sports club members.”

Display: cheerleaders put on a show at the Glasgow Taxi Cup. Photo credit: Martin Shields.

Spectacle: a show of acrobatics for the Glasgow Taxi Cup. Photo credit: Martin Shields.

“Congratulations to the University of Glasgow for winning again this year.”

Calvin Hepburn, Vice President Sport and Wellbeing, Strathclyde University Sports Union, said: “Congratulations to the University of Glasgow on winning the Glasgow Taxis Cup 2017.

“A massive thanks to all the volunteers, supporters and athletes that have proudly represented Strathclyde [today].

Stretch: Alex Dunn (in headband) from University of Strathclyde in action. Photo credit: Martin Shields.

“You have all been a credit to the Sports Union and we shall start working on producing a winning formula for next year.

“Strathclyde Sports Union is continually improving and we can take the positives from today and make sure we are ready for the next Glasgow Taxi’s Cup.”

Stephen Flynn, Vice Chair, Glasgow Taxis Ltd, said: “The Glasgow Taxis Cup is a phenomenal event which brings the city’s universities together and continues to grow in stature.

Victors: Ruari Thomson, Sports President from The University of Glasgow holding the Glasgow Taxis Cup at The National Badminton Academy at Scotstoun. Photo credit: Martin Shields.

“Whilst there can only be one winner, what is more important is the sporting spirit on show and the friendships forged along the way.

“We are proud to work closely with Glasgow, Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian Universities and provide a valued service to students and staff alike.”

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