The Scottish Student Volleyball Cup was traditionally the only formal university volleyball competition played during the season, the winner being declared the Scottish Student Volleyball Champions for that particular year. Scottish Student Cup competitions have been taking place for nearly forty years!
It was only in the late 80s that regular league competition was introduced for Scottish Universities Volleyball. Initially the winning Cup team was crowned “Scottish Universities Champion”, but with the introduction of league competition, it is recognised that playing all teams throughout the season is more representative and reflective of sustained team performance, than playing a limited number of teams in one day. However, like any Cup competition, the Scottish Universities Cup is much sought after and carries considerable kudos in the student game.
With introduction of BUSA (British Universities Sports Association) leagues in 1994 (now the BUCS – British Universities and College Sport – Cup) the opportunity arose for the best Scottish Universities teams to test themselves against the best teams in England for the title of British Universities Champions. The overall BUCS Championship is now contested by the sixteen teams in the BUCS Premier League (North and South). Scotland have had various representatives in the BUCS Premier League (North) in recent years, including Edinburgh, St Andrews, Strathclyde and Heriot Watt. Those teams in Tier 1 in Scotland (6 men’s and 6 women’s) have the opportunity to context the BUCS Trophy, against Tier 1 opposition from England, while the BUCS Conference Cup is contested by Tier 2 teams in Scotland.