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Sports Fair

Every September during Freshers Week, the Sports Union runs Sports Fair – your best opportunity to come and find out all about our club sport offering, and speak to the clubs directly.

Don't worry if you miss the Sports Fair, it's not too late to join a sports club and make the most of your time at Strathclyde. Our Sports Union Club Directory provides specific information on each sports club, as well as providing contact details for you to reach out to any of our clubs on their social media channels or email.

Come & Try

All of our sports clubs deliver free Come & Try taster sport sessions in September, giving you the opportunity to take part in a range of activities alongside other students.  Most clubs host their Come & Try during Freshers Week.

We also provide students with free taster passes to try out a session for the first time before joining. Contact the office to arrange collection of your free pass for any of our 50+ sports clubs.

Sports Ball

Always one of the biggest and best nights of the year, the annual University of Strathclyde Sports Awards Ball celebrates the achievements of Sports Union clubs, athletes and student volunteers. Prestigious award categories include Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, Full Blues, and Outstanding Contribution. 

Our 2023 event is due to take place in April, at DoubleTree by Hilton

Glasgow Taxis Cup

Glasgow Taxis Cup is Scotland’s largest Varsity competition.  The event takes place annually in March and pitches student athletes from Strathclyde against local rivals, the University of Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian University across a range of sports.

Varsity involves over 800 student athletes and volunteers and has expanded over the years to include 17 sports featured on one Wednesday afternoon. 

After a very narrow loss to Glasgow University in 2022, Glasgow Taxis Cup is hopefully coming home in 2023!

Training & Education

We recognise sport would not happen at Strathclyde without the army of volunteers and coaches support who get involved each year, and therefore we aim to provide a range of training and education opportunities to allow students to develop leadership skills through sport. Sport can also be a great way of boosting CV and employability skills that serve students well when the time comes to leave University and enter industry. 

We are launching a new online education platform for committee members and sport volunteers to undertake essential training remotely. Our master plan is to develop a Strath Leaders programme to recognise the valuable contribution sport has on the student experience.


USSU offers sports clubs and participants a range of funding grants to support the costs of participation in sport, as well as student development opportunities.

  • Competition Entry Fees, Accommodation & Transport
  • Coaching & Officiating (e.g. UKCC)
  • Representative Sport (e.g. World University Games)

We also work closely with Strath Union to support applications for the Participation Fund, open to students who may be struggling to afford taking part in sport or other extra-curricular activities at Strathclyde.

Contact the Sports Union to find out more on accessing funding opportunities.