The University of Stirling has been crowned the UK’s Sports University of the Year in recognition of our world-class facilities and excellence across sports performance, research and education.
Here, figures from sport offer their congratulations and give their thoughts on the successes behind the award.
Find out more about the UK’s Sports University of the Year award.
“Tennis Scotland is delighted that the University of Stirling has been named The Times and Sunday Times ‘Sports University of the Year 2020’.
“The University has enjoyed a long and successful association with the governing body of tennis, especially within the focus of national performance tennis programmes and also the University tennis scholarship and bursary squads.
“The University of Stirling is now the home to our GB National Tennis Academy and this new programme is designed to deliver players to the top of the game via a world class coaching team and support programme from the partners involved: The University of Stirling, sportscotland Institute of Sport and Dollar Academy, all supported and aligned to the LTA performance plans for British tennis. This is an incredibly exciting time for tennis in Scotland and Great Britain which will also benefit the student and local community via the significantly increased investment at the University.
As the first Tennis Bursar to attend the University of Stirling, it is particularly pleasing for me to now be able to see the programme expand at the University and take advantage of the world class facilities, the partnerships and the sporting impact.
CEO, Tennis Scotland
“Many congratulations to the University of Stirling on winning this prestigious award. This reflects many decades of investment of time, expertise and money into all aspects of sport – from teaching and research,to encouraging increased participation and providing support for world-class performers in a wide range of sports. Stirling now stands as an exemplar of a University with sport at its heart of student experiences and wider community and national development.”
Dr Derek Casey
Former Chief Executive, UK Sports Council Bid Director, Commonwealth Games 2014
“Scottish Swimming is delighted that the University of Stirling has won the Sporting University of the Year accolade. We have worked in partnership with the University since 2001 during which time we have seen the performance swimming programme grow in numbers and stature in terms of athletes achieving on the world stage and the investment of full time coaches guiding them to that success.
“Such success does not happen overnight nor does it happen in isolation; the University of Stirling has played a key role in establishing a wider aquatic strategy group, ensuring a collaborative approach between local learn to swim programme providers, clubs and Scottish Swimming programmes is established, providing opportunities for youngsters and coaches to learn and develop in a world class training environment.
“The University of Stirling swimming programme is widely regarded as one of the best high performing programmes in the UK, providing a range of performance opportunities using different coaching methods, innovation and best practice. With similar visions Scottish Swimming is in no doubt that the University of Stirling will continue to drive success and inspire sporting achievement for generations to come.”
Chief Executive of Scottish Swimming
“This is a huge achievement and due recognition for all the work by so many people over a long period of time in shaping both high performance and University sport. “Stirling has set the bar for others to follow in terms of its facilities, sport programmes, centres of excellence on campus and, not least, its pathways for elite sportsmen and women to achieve both academically and in their sport at the highest levels.”
Team Ireland Chef De Mission
“The University of Stirling was a fantastic place to study and the sporting experience was a highlight during my time there. It’s a great environment for high performance athletes and students alike and the Sunday Times award is thoroughly well deserved. Congratulations!”
Canada international rugby player
University of Stirling student 2007 -2011
“Congratulations to the University of Stirling on winning Sports University of the Year.
“The University played a pivotal role in my development, providing me with the opportunity to use its facilities to develop my basketball game, as well as training with the Institute there.
“The University is thoroughly deserving of this prestigious award. Stirling continues to be a great sporting city and I’m proud to call it home.”
Olympian and Glasgow Rocks basketball player
“What a great achievement for Scotland and indeed Scottish sport. Many congratulations to Stirling University–and all our colleagues and friends who have been part of this incredible success story.
“Sport and high performance sport is a significant industry in Scotland and the UK providing a massive contribution to society socially, politically and economically. Stirling University have always shared this ambition since 1998 and the inception of the Institute.”
Director of High Performance and the Scottish Institute of Sport