Head of Performance Sport, University of Stirling
As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, we will now build on what has been achieved at BUCS Big Wednesday and look to continue our run of successes across a multitude of highly competitive sports at the very highest level possible.
David Bond, Head of Performance Sport at the University of Stirling, said: “The 2023 BUCS Big Wednesday was a momentous day for University of Stirling sport and really shows the strength of talent from both the players and coaching staff, and demonstrates the quality of the programme of support in place at the University. The whole Stirling community has been right behind our tennis players and footballers leading up to today and we’re all so proud of what they have achieved.
“I would like to extend a special congratulations to the men’s tennis 1s for winning such a hard-fought series of matches and really demonstrating the sporting prowess and team spirit Stirling is known for. As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, we will now build on what has been achieved at BUCS Big Wednesday and look to continue our run of successes across a multitude of highly competitive sports at the very highest level possible.”
The success at this year’s BUCS Big Wednesday caps a hugely successful period for sport at the University – with Stirling swimming sensation Duncan Scott becoming the most decorated British Olympian at a single Games; Scott and fellow athletes winning a record number of medals at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham; sports scholars securing a haul of medals at the Winter Olympics in Beijing; and student footballers making history in the Scottish Cup.
The University of Stirling was made Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence in 2008 and was crowned The Times/Sunday Times UK Sports University of the Year in 2020. Since then, the University has further enhanced its sporting prowess by unveiling a new £20 million Sports Centre, comprising a fitness suite, strength and conditioning suite, performance gym, exercise studios and a three-court sports hall. The investment – which complements the existing National Swimming Academy – ensures that Stirling will remain the choice of medal-winning Olympians and Commonwealth Games athletes for years to come.