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Scottish Students Sports

There are many sporting activities you can get involved in whilst at College.  They range from Football to Rugby to Basketball to Volleyball and many more,

For more information on all the activities on offer please contact Melissa Curle by email: mcurle@west-lothian.ac.uk

There are sports for all abilities.  We also have volunteer opportunities for referees and other sporting helpers, so please get in touch!

Sport and Fitness Department

Wednesday 18 May saw the curtain come down on a very successful year for student sport at West Lothian College.  Highlights include the formation of the Rugby club which has been supported by Sport and Fitness lecturer Graeme Mair. The rugby team competed against Colleges and Universities from all over Scotland in the 15’s, 10’s and 7’s version of the game.  The core of the squad has been made up from students from engineering, hospitality, social care and sport, with the emphasis on development.

The Football team enjoyed success in their first season in the British University and College Sport league. They were unbeaten and were crowned champions.  The season also involved a 400 mile round trip to Elgin in the Scottish Cup. The guys were victorious but were unfortunately knocked-out in the quarter finals 1-0 by eventual winners Edinburgh College.

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WLC hosted male and female regional development events for Badminton and Basketball that attracted every College and University from the South East region. We also participated in regional events held at Edinburgh College.  Our Basketball teams both competed in the Scottish Cup, our men’s team falling at the first hurdle to Inverness College. However our female team featured in the final and did themselves proud, despite it ending in defeat to City of Glasgow College.

Opportunities were also available for students to get involved in Handball and Netball. These were run by the development officers and were treated as 6 week taster blocks.  Although the competitions were not open to college teams, WLC has now become a home for Scottish Student Sport events hosting university students competing in BUCS fencing and futsal fixtures, highlighting the great facility that we have here.

A huge thank you goes out to the Student Association who have enabled this excellent year of sport to happen through funding strips, equipment, transport and promotion via the class rep system and social media.  It must be stressed that this is more than a departmental (Sport and Fitness) programme, it is open to every student at WLC and it would be fantastic to see new faces represent the teams next year incorporating students from all centres.  A final thank you goes out to all the lecturers that allowed students to be excused from classes to participate during the year, supporting them to catch up at a later date.

National Rugby 7’s Finals;

In a very competitive tournament with an extremely high standard of play, West Lothian College RFC put up a brilliant fight to go down to City of Glasgow College in the knock out pool stages 26-14 in the opening game. In the play offs, West Lothian came up against a mixed team of Dundee College and Highland College.

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As they both only had 7 players they chose to amalgamate and we unfortunately lost again. This was seen as part of the journey that the rugby team are on, the results are irrelevant.  We took a squad of 12 players to the finals, 9 of them had never played rugby before arriving at College, so it has been a testament to their hard work and also the volunteer hours Graeme Mair has put in to get this far.  The students showed great attitude and are proud to be part of the rugby team here at the College. The team has progressed massively since they first came together in September 2014 with continued support from the Scottish Rugby Union.

National Final Ladies Basketball;                                                                                        

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West Lothian College 25 – 53 City of Glasgow College

The girls put in a fantastic effort and put up a great fight against a very well organised and drilled City of Glasgow.  At one point the comeback of all comebacks looked possible in the 4th Quarter, but we only had 5 players and the girls ran out of steam eventually with CofG proving just too strong.  It was a great effort from the ladies who all were extremely chuffed with picking up a runners-up medal.

One of the girls Emma Sykes went one better than every other player from the whole Scottish College
Cup Finals day, of over 200 athletes over 5 sports.  She was awarded ‘The Sandy King Silver Salver’ for outstanding sportsmanship and fair play. sss3. Emma was chosen for her incredible attitude in leading her team in a difficult fixture, showing tremendous courage, enthusiasm and determination.  She was playing through a very bad sickness bug requiring treatment throughout the game. This is perhaps the most important accolade an athlete can receive recognising her ‘never say die’ attitude and leadership skills.  Emma has also been one of our Play Sport Promoters this year, helping to run tournaments we have held here at the College and encouraging students to sign-up to the sports team.

Each player can be very proud of the effort they put in to their own performances both in the build up to the finals and in training throughout the whole season.  Next year the student sports clubs can only get bigger and better for the students and we hope we have inspired the students to continue their sports journey through to next season and motivate others to be part of this rewarding experience in.