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Sports Ball is the highlight of every Strathclyde student's social calendar, and the event this year will be the biggest the University has ever seen. The Ball, organised by Strathclyde Sports Union, will once again be hosted at the Doubletree by Hilton Glasgow Central Hotel on Saturday 22 February.

Over 2,500 students logged on to buy 800 tickets on sale for the evening, giving us a flavour of just how spicy Sports Ball is going to be.

The hype has well and truly been real – here’s our preview on #SB2020

Tickets & Arrival

Dinner guests are encouraged to arrive for 18:00 with a drinks reception, before sitting for 18:30 for commencement of the meal and awards presentation.

Doors will open for evening guests at 21:00, just in time for the ceilidh and a live set from the famous DJ Kwaku until 01:00.

Security at the venue will be tight this year – all guests are required to bring their ticket along to exchange for the official wrist band to gain entry (‘sorry, no the night pal’).


A Blue. Most people in the Strathclyde sporting world want one. Few have them. They are coveted, mysterious, non-physical bragging right that most students at the University hope to achieve before they graduate; doesn’t the saying go, you leave here with a first, a spouse or a blue.

So understandably, the awards section of Sports Ball is quite a big deal. It’s our opportunity to celebrate the success and hard work of students involved with sport at the University across a range of categories, including the hotly contested Club of the Year accolade.

Here’s the rundown:

  • The Rolls Royce Award for Sporting Excellence, presented to the Sportsman of the Year

  • The Thomson Trophy, presented to the Sportswoman of the Year

  • The Duncan Mathieson Trophy, awarded for the best performance from a 1st Year

  • The David Telford Trophy, awarded to the Team of the Year

  • The Graduates Trophy, awarded to the Club of the Year

  • Outstanding Contribution to Coaching

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Sports Union

  • Full Blues

  • Half Blues

  • Honorary Life Member of Sports Club

  • Honorary Life Membership of Sports Union

All awards are deliberated by the Sports Union Awards Committee which is comprised of fellow students involved in club sport.

Hall of Fame

In addition to the awards listed above, we are ‘absolutely buzzin’ to announce two alumni of the University of Strathclyde who will be inducted to the prestigious Hall of Fame for Sporting Excellence.

Scottish Rugby legend, Gordon Bulloch will be adding to his honours list – which includes two caps for the high profile British & Irish Lions team – alongside former Table Tennis internationalist and current Table Tennis Scotland CEO, Richard Yule.

Gordon and Richard excelled in sport following their time as students at the University and both will be joining us for the party. Make sure to buy our Hall of Famers a drink!


DJ Kwaku will be leading the entertainment on the evening, performing on the main stage following the ceilidh hosted by Glasgow’s finest trad band, The Reel Stramash. 

Strathclyde Jazz Band will be serenading guests on stage during the dinner and we’ll keep you entertained with launch of the official #SB2020 video. 

Let's cut some serious shapes.

And how can we forget the MC. Euan ‘Mubs’ Mowat will be returning to Sports Ball as compere for the second year in a row. Watch out for this guy on your TV screens in the future.


Don’t miss out on the opportunity to have your photo taken alongside your club mates.

Sports Ball has given us all some great memories over the years, so make sure you capture the experience by attending your club photo slot.

Club photos will be hosted by your favourite Sports Union dude, Hugo Spinola, and we’ll also have a few videographers and photographers roaming around the venue with their cameras.

Before You Go

See you on Saturday #strathletes. It's going to be huge.


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