Following its first year at Ayr, opportunities to work with the Scottish Volleyball Association will be rolled out to other UWS campuses, such as Lanarkshire, which is home to some of the country’s most advanced sports and exercise equipment. This includes a state-of-the-art environmental chamber, which replicates environmental extremes and can be used by athletes to improve physical performance ahead of important sporting events.
UWS has longstanding experience in working with elite sports organisations. The latest partnership with the Scottish Volleyball Association comes after the University announced in July that it had become Celtic Football Club’s official sports science partner for its Youth Academy.
I am delighted to announce UWS’s partnership with the Scottish Volleyball Association. It marks another partnership between the University and an important Scottish sports organisation in the last few months. The impact and importance of sport and exercise cannot be underestimated and it is something we promote widely at UWS, not only via our first-class research, but also in our student experience. It is fantastic to see the unique opportunities the partnership will provide to our students.
Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of UWS and Chair of British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS)
Scottish Volleyball CEO, Margaret Ann Fleming MBE, said: “This really is a very exciting partnership that will clearly benefit the University and the Scottish Volleyball community. I am absolutely delighted, on behalf of the Board and staff of Scottish Volleyball, to be able to announce this partnership today, and look forward to getting to work on the key aims as soon as possible.”
In celebration of the launch of the partnership, staff from both the Scottish Volleyball Association and University of the West of Scotland will be taking part in a special Scottish Volleyball TV live tonight (Monday 21 September 2020) on YouTube and Facebook at 7pm.