This year, the GCU sporting community launched a new identity for all of their clubs. Following an American-style brand model, the GCU Wolves were born.
In addition, the membership model for sports clubs at GCU has been revised, with sports clubs being able to set their own joining fees – a cost which goes directly to the sports club to assist with their running costs.
These steps by the sports council have appeared to be widely popular among students, with the number of members so far this year at 690. This is already an improvement on the total final number last year of 669.
Robbie Stewart, the Chairperson of the GCU Sport Council, feels that the new Wolves branding has had a big impact on the improved numbers, “Having surpassed last year’s total sports memberships in only week 7 of trimester 1, I think it would be appropriate to state that the new Wolves branding for GCU Sports Clubs is having a significantly positive impact on the student sport experience here at GCU.”
Robbie is optimistic that the future of GCU Sport is bright and can continue to improve, “As there is the potential to smash the record of highest sports membership tally ever achieved in a single year, it speaks volumes how much a unifying brand has been direly needed to expand sport at GCU to the next level. I hope this is the start of a new inclusive and engaging era in sports at GCU.”
On the field, the new wolf packs have also seen their fair share of success with 33 wins already in trimester 1.
- Men’s Basketball have won all of their first four matches, seeing them top the league table, as well as advancing to the Scottish Cup Quarter Finals. The Women’s team have won three of their first four, seeing them in a strong 2nd place in their own table.
- Men’s Football 1st team have made a strong start in their league, winning three out of four matches to sit 2nd.
- Women’s Rugby have won two out of three league matches and could also take 2nd place in their table if they win their game in hand.
- Men’s Tennis are within one win of first place and sit third in their table after winning three of their first four matches.
- Muay Thai took part in their first fight night of the year hosted by Glasgow University. Three fighters from GCU took part.
More information on the GCU Wolves can be found on the official Sports Council run Facebook page (@gcuwolves), while you can join sports clubs at GCU through the Students’ Association website (gcustudents.co.uk/sport).
By Neil Alexander