by Aidan Donaghy
The kayak polo club were able to buy a brand new boat after they received a generous grant of £500 from the Stirling fund. The fund was set up to help fund different activities, support projects and develop student run clubs and societies.
Beckie Davies, head of fundraising for the club, was more than pleased to be awarded the grant.
“The club is always growing and we haven’t had enough equipment in the past so it was great to get this money” she said.
“On behalf of the whole club, we would like to thank the Stirling fund and its donors for the money.”
The club partakes in white water trips all over Scotland and the north of England, for which previously Beckie and her team have held bake sales on campus to help fund these trips.
Ami Dyer, captain of the Kayak Polo club mentioned how the club is growing from strength to strength after winning the silver plate at the annual ‘P in the Loch’ tournament held on campus, “We just haven’t got the equipment needed for the club to develop, so this money is greatly appreciated.”
The ‘P in the Loch’ tournament is an annual tournament held by Stirling University kayak polo club in April of each year. Ten teams from all over Scotland come to compete in the competition. Titans Canoe Club were the overall winners last year but Dyer and Davies and keen to change that fact this year.
The kayak polo club train on Tuesday mornings and Friday nights, which are designated to skill sessions where you can learn paddling techniques, rescues with coaches and how to Eskimo roll. These sessions are held in the swimming pool on campus and everyone is welcome.