City make it three in a row winning Scottish Student Sport College Cup

Following on from last year’s successful College Cup retention in 2023, it was time to defend the title again, as an army of students travelled to the Oriam Performance Centre in Edinburgh on Wednesday 24th of April. With 36 teams entered across 7 events in the college network, this represented a record number of entries in an event that has been evolving for over 10+ years.

A team of 60 students across a wide variety of academic courses represented the college in men and women’s football, volleyball, and basketball, as well as mixed badminton (a record number of City students competing). This year, there was a slight change to the traditional gold, silver, and bronze system to determine the overall winners. In place of this, a point system was put in place - 3 points for an event win and one point for the runner’s up. Overall, City of Glasgow College accumulated 11 points to Edinburgh College’s 9 points, with teams placing as follows:

  • Women’s Basketball – 1st place
  • Men’s Basketball – 1st place and 2nd place*
  • Women’s Volleyball – 2nd place
  • Men’s Volleyball – 1st place
  • Mixed Badminton – 3rd place
  • Women’s football – 3rd place

*In Men’s Basketball COGC entered two teams with both the 1s and 2s making it to the final, securing the three points as well as a bonus point.

Adam McGregor, HND Coaching and Development Student, Head Coach of the Men’s, and Women’s Volleyball teams, had this to say:

‘As the volleyball coach for this past couple of years, I have been thoroughly impressed with how much everyone has improved since I first saw them when I started coaching. I could not be prouder of both our men’s and women’s teams for their achievements last year and particularly this year. I could not be happier with the dedication, commitment, and willingness to improve that students bring with them to training and in competitions. I think after winning the overall cup for the past three years showcases City of Glasgow College as an amazing place to study and take part in a club. Credit is due to the work that staff put into making these kinds of events possible, with our students’ being able to take part in something with great history. Looking forward to another great College Cup again with City of Glasgow College next year!’'

Emilia Nadejde, HND Architectural Technology Student, part of the winning women’s basketball team for the third year running and the award winner of our Sportswoman of The Year for 2023 last year, had this to say:

'It was my second time competing in the College Cup and the atmosphere is always incredible. The event brings athletes from various backgrounds' together, which helped us create stronger bonds within our teams. I had the chance to play for both the women’s basketball and volleyball teams, which was a ton of fun. I believe that being able to win the College Cup again whilst also having fun when playing shows how much effort and dedication our coaches put into our training programmes.'

Out of the seven events, City of Glasgow College had five students win the MVP award for their contributions to their team – a remarkable achievement to emulate this same number from 2023 but this time there was the bonus of a decathlon voucher!

MVP’s (Most Valuable Player) – 2024 list of winners and courses of study:

  • Men’s Volleyball – Duncan MacDonald – Photography student
  • Women’s Volleyball – Maryna Dyshliuk – Legal Services student
  • Mixed Badminton – Jordan Edgar – Sports Therapy student
  • Men’s Basketball – Ali Kazmi – Mechanical Engineering student
  • Women’s Basketball – Eve Balloch – Sports Coaching student

You can access various photographs of our students in action on our Student Sport Facebook page.

Congratulations to the sports teams at City in another stellar defence of the College Cup in 2024 – looking forward to next year as the event continues to increase in popularity, highlighting the power of sport and the role it plays in helping bring our students together in achieving inspiring and unforgettable moments.

Images by Donald Stewart (@DStewartSport Photography)