Alumni comments

Joanna (Henderson) Martin: Scotland, Season 15-16

I played at Stirling Uni from 2015-2016 and completed my Masters in Sports Management during this time. I had just finished my undergraduate degree and playing 4 years at the University of Tennessee and I was excited to be coming back home to further my education and also continue playing tennis. The team and coaches were so supportive from the start and made it an easy transition for me. Throughout my year there, we had a lot of success, which made the experience even better - we capped it off by winning the British Universities Team Title. This was an amazing accomplishment for a team that really just came together for a short time! I look back on my time at Stirling fondly. Despite it being a quick year, I throughly enjoyed being a part of the team (and winning) and I will always remember it.


Veronika Blaskova: Slovakia, Season 15-16:

Stirling University is a great place to do your masters degree. It is located in a very nice city with long history. The university itself is in beautiful nature. The tennis program what university offers is a great opportunity to grow personally, academically and sportwise. I really liked spending here 2 years and I would do it again. (


Jordan McCulloch, England, Seasons 09-15:

I arrived at the University of Stirling having played 4 years of full time tennis and suffering the effects of burn out. Joining SUTC and the tennis scholarship program here I instantly felt welcomed by the sport staff, coaches and the team. The structure in place was geared towards achieving excellence. As players, we had access to many resources including on court private and group training, video analysis, sport science, strength and conditioning, nutrition, sport psychology and tournament travel to name a few. After 6 years of study and being part of SUTC I can only thank everyone that was a part of my journey. I fell back in love with the sport of tennis and made friends for life whilst graduating with a undergraduate and postgraduate degree. (


Rihards Emulins, Latvia, seasons 10-12:

Going to University of Stirling to study and play tennis was one of my best decisions I have ever made. Those two years I spent in Stirling were awesome. I met many great people, got my Master's degree in Sports Management and improved my tennis. In my second year in University of Stirling we won BUCS team championship. It is still one of the greatest moments of my tennis career. College taught me that tennis can actually be a team sport when you actually care about the results of other people as well.


Danny Gunn, Scotland.

 Choosing to study at Stirling and joining the university tennis club was a decision that helped me progress in my career as a coach and develop as a player. Playing on a Wednesday was a highlight of my time at university. In first year I played for the 5th team and attended two team training sessions per week. By my final year I was able to practice every day and take part in fitness sessions while playing for the 2nd team. The tennis club at the university allowed me to improve significantly in my 4 years. When I came to Stirling at 17 I had never been good enough to represent my county as a junior and in my final year I played number 1 doubles and number 2 singles for our men’s county team at winter county cup. As a developing coach I was fortunate that the club gave me the opportunity to be on court regularly with some of Scotland best coaches. This was hugely influential in my development as a coach. The club is supported by fantastic members of university staff. Being surrounded with the perspectives of coaches with decades of experience from grass roots to a performance level and top academics working with the tennis club provides an incredible environment to learn as a coach. Academically the university’s Sport Studies course was great, the flexibility and variety in the module section allowed me the opportunity to gain an academic understanding of both learning and development in addition to a wide variety of other areas which have helped support me as a self employed coach growing a small business. It also provided a great springboard to further study, setting me up to complete a masters course upon finishing at Stirling. Most importantly I met most of my closest friends through the universities tennis club and its fantastic socials. I have continued to be friends with many since graduating either socially or professionally as they too have went on to work in tennis. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to study and play tennis at Stirling as it has allowed me to go on to work in tennis coaching , develop as a player and have a great network of friends and colleges.