Ten Strathclyders in national sports scholarship programme

Strathclyde Sports Centre on Cathedral Street

Ten Strathclyde students are among the talented athletes at Scottish universities to benefit from a national sports scholarship programme.

Winning Students 100 offers grants of up to £3000 to help student athletes balance their studies with high performance training and competition. The programme also works with universities and colleges to offer additional support, such as academic flexibility.

The Strathclyde athletes compete in seven different sports and are also beneficiaries of Strathclyde’s Performance Sport Scholarships programme.

Winning Students 100 is funded by sportscotland and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

The Winning Students Strathclyders are:

• Adam Pringle - Badminton
• Rachel Sugden - Badminton
• Vittorio Pezzaioli - Canoeing
• Alexander Blair Haswell - Curling
• Robyn Munro - Curling
• Lewis Stewart - Cycling
• Jessica Ross - Hockey
• Cerys Finn - Netball
• Finlay Callaghan - Rugby Sevens
• Laura Milne – Canoeing.

Academic aspirations

Neil Brown, Director of Sport and Active Health at Strathclyde, said: "Strathclyde is proud to have one of the highest number of student athletes selected to be part of this programme and this shows the success of the integration of sporting and academic aspirations within our university offer.

This is largely down to the great support student athletes are provided through our Scholar programme and from their academic departments, to allow them to achieve their dreams.

Athletes at the launch of Winning Students 100, including cyclist and Strathclyde student Lewis Stewart (second left, front row). Photo by Winning Students

Forbes Dunlop, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said: “We are committed to helping young athletes achieve their goals. Being able to find the right balance between training, their studies and other commitments is critical to the wellbeing of student athletes. We're delighted that this programme will help these athletes to do that."

SFC Chief Executive Karen Watt said: “Having funded the Winning Students programme from the start, we’re incredibly proud it has helped so many people to be successful college or university students alongside developing a career in sport. The achievements of previous Winning Students in life and in sport speak volumes for the benefits of the programme, and I wish the new scholars every success.”

Winning Students 100 is managed by the University of Stirling and supported by an advisory board and management group made up of professionals from across the tertiary education and sport sectors.