Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford took part in a debate on 10 years of Stirling University being Scotland’s University of Sporting Excellence.


The title was given in 2008 by the then-First Minister.


The debate, led by Keith Brown, gave MSPs an opportunity to reflect on 10 years of sporting success for the University, including recent successes at Rio 2016, and then the Commonwealth games earlier this year.


Speaking in the debate, Bruce Crawford said:


“Since first opening its doors to students almost 51 years ago—it is even younger than me—the University of Stirling has grown immensely to become the institution that we know today, which is famed for its contribution to health and sport. In relation to its size, Stirling university’s achievement in sport is unrivalled around the globe. It offers a number of world-class health science and sporting courses, which inspire even more people into careers in professional sport.”


Commenting, Bruce Crawford said:


“I am delighted to have had the opportunity to take part in this debate, brought to the Chamber by my colleague and friend Keith Brown MSP, to praise some of the many successes that the University has had in sport over the past decade.


“Where that be through the stellar performances of our athletes in the Olympic or Commonwealth games, or through the support that the University gives to its students in order to allow them to develop themselves in their chosen sporting arena.


“It was a great chance to congratulate all those who had been involved, staff, students and alumni, and to wish the best of luck to all of those yet to pass through the doors of the University of Stirling. We will all be watching, and cheering you on!”