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JANUARY

FOOTBALL.  4th to 6th January – Star Sixes – SSE Hydro

A legends tournament with a difference teams Scotland, England, Northern Island, Republic of Ireland, Wales and an all-star Rest of the World team take centre stage at the Hydro for three days of international indoor action.  Robert Pires, Barry Ferguson, Stiliyan Petrov and Michael Owen are just some of the stars who will be on show.  Tickets from the Star Sixes website.

Photo: Bobby Gavin

ATHLETICS.  Saturday 12th January – Simplyhealth Great Stirling Cross Country – Stirling

The Simplyhealth Great Stirling XCountry pits the best of Great Britain against Europe and the USA in this annual cross country event which moves from Edinburgh to Stirling for the first time.  European 1500m champion and double world indoor medallist Laura Muir (pictured) headlines the 20-strong British team competing across the senior men and women’s races and International Mixed Relay event for the Stewart Cup.  Muir makes her fifth straight appearance in the relay where she is yet to be beaten.  A great opportunity to watch present and future stars of athletics, spectating is free.

CURLING.  17th to 20th January – 2019 Glynhill Ladies International Curling Championships – Braehead Curling Rink

The Glynhill Ladies International returns to Glasgow with up to 24 teams playing in four round-robin sections with the top two teams progressing to the knockout stages on the Sunday.  The Championship again enjoys Champions Tour status counting for ranking points in the Order of Merit.  Watch out for two-time winners Team Felscher who are expected to defend the title they won in 2018.  Spectating is free.

2018 Glasgow European Judo Open visualJUDO.  Saturday 19th January – Scottish Open Championships – Emirates Arena

Glasgow is the place to be to witness Scotland’s finest judoka in international action at this year’s Scottish Open Championships. Taking place at the Emirates Arena competition on the mats continues throughout the day with admission available on the door.

SQUASH.  31st January to 3rd February – Edinburgh Sports Club Open – Edinburgh Sports Club

One of the biggest tournaments on the BSPA calendar and a major annual squash event in Scotland the Edinburgh Sports Club Open attracts a host of world-class players to the capital each year.  This year’s tournament will have a record prize fund of £30,000 split equally between the Men’s Open and the Women’s PSA Challenger Tour 20 event with Scottish star Greg Lobban already confirmed to defend the men’s title he won in 2018.  Admission is available daily on the door. 

FEBRUARY

RUGBY UNION.  1st and 2nd February – Six Nations.  Scotland v Italy – Scotstoun & BT Murrayfield

With the 2019 Rugby World Cup in September in Japan looming large on the horizon the international rugby year starts with Scotland v Italy in the opening fixture of the Six Nations calendar for both the men’s and women’s national teams.  The women’s team are in action on Friday night at Scotstoun with the men’s match on Sunday afternoon at BT Murrayfield.  Tickets are currently available for both matches via the Scottish Rugby online ticket centre.

BADMINTON.  1st to 3rd February – Yonex Scottish National Championships – Bell’s Sports Centre

The premier event on the domestic Scottish badminton calendar, the Yonex Scottish National Championships bring together the best players from all over the country.  Competition is spread across three days and five events – men’s and women’s singles and doubles as well as mixed doubles – culminating in the crowning of the National Champions on the evening of Sunday 3 February.  Olympian and two-time Commonwealth and European Silver medallist Kirsty Gilmour is the headline act as she defends her Scottish title.  Tickets are on sale.

HOCKEY. Saturday 2nd February – Indoor GALA Day 2019 – Bell’s Sports Centre

The GALA Day in the Scottish Hockey calendar always provides an enthralling climax to the indoor season at Bells Sports Centre with champions are crowned and promotion/relegation places confirmed.  A packed day of hockey – full schedule here – features Scotland’s top indoor teams and players.  Entry is free for spectators with matches taking place from 9am to 5pm. 

DARTS. Thurday 14th February – 2019 Unibet Premier League – SSE Hydro

The hugely popular Premier League tournament returns to Glasgow for the latest night of the 2019 series.  A sell-out crowd is expected with the stars of world darts on the Hydro oche.  A 10-player field are competing for the 2019 trophy led by four-time world champion Michael van Gerwen who is defending the Premier League title he won in 2018.  Five-time world champion Raymond Van Barneveld will play in a 14th successive season as part of his farewell year on the circuit while Scotland’s very own Gary Anderson – a two-time world champion – is guaranteed to receive a great welcome from the home crowd.  Tickets are available from the Hydro website.

GYMNASTICS. 23rd to 24th February 2019 – Scottish National Artistic Championships – Bell’s Sports Centre

Returning to the Bells Sports Centre the Scottish National Artistic Championships will see the best men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics in Scotland battle for glory to be crowned national champion.  Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth medallist Daniel Purvis was the men’s all-around champion in 2018.  Tickets from £6 are on on sale now.

MOTORSPORT. Sunday 24th February 2018 – Grant Construction Rally – Knockhill Racing Circuit

The season gets underway at Knockhill with one of the most spectacular events it hosts – cue the 9th running of the Grant Construction Rally.  A unique, single-venue rally features some of Scotland’s leading rally crews and cars and brings rallying closer to the spectators than any other event in Scotland.  Tickets on sale and available from the Knockhill website.

MARCH

ATHLETICS.  1st to 3rd March – European Athletics Indoor Championships. 

Glasgow’s Emirates Arena – one of the largest indoor sports venues in Europe – is the venue for a three-day sporting extravaganza that will see over 600 athletes from over 45 countries take part in one of the biggest sporting events of 2019.  The GB team includes home favourite Laura Muir – who won double European indoor gold in Belgrade in 2017 – alongside three-time British indoor champion Asha Philip out to defend her 60m gold from Serbia.  They’re joined by sprint hurdles star Andrew Pozzi and pentathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson alongside a strong Scottish contingent that sees Eilidh Doyle, Andrew Butchart, Eilish McColgan, Chris O’Hare and Lynsey Sharp join Muir in pursuit of European glory.  Tickets on sale via the Glasgow 2019 website.   

CURLING.  3rd to 10th March – World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2019.  After the success of the European Curling Championships and Junior World Championships the World Wheelchair Championships in Stirling are the third leg of an impressive quadruple of global events hosted in Scotland that conclude in 2020 with the World Men’s Curling Championship at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.  The tournament returns to Scotland for the first time since 2005 and is the first time 12 teams have competed in a world wheelchair championship.  Competition will be fierce with global honours at stake and being the first opportunity for nations to gain qualification points towards the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing.  Tickets details to follow.

BASKETBALL.  Sunday 10th March – BBL Trophy Final – Emirates Arena

A showpiece event on the British basketball calendar, the BBL Trophy Final is back at the Emirates Arena where it has been staged since 2013.  And in a stunning double-bill the BBL Finals at 3.30pm will be preceded by the 2019 WBBL Trophy Final at 12.30pm at what is one of the biggest events on the UK basketball calendar.  Tickets on sale from the BBL website. 

 

EXTREME SWIMMING.  Sunday 23rd March – Red Bull Neptune Steps – Maryhill Locks

The world’s toughest adventure swimming race returns to Glasgow with some 600 swimmers set to take on the challenge of the Red Bull Neptune Steps.  An elite swimming endurance race through Maryhill Locks which pits the very best open-water swimmers, multi-sport athletes and adventure Neptune Stepsracers against each other spectators can line the 420-metre route to see the sprint swim race incorporating climbs over the eight canal gates – each featuring a different obstacle – that the competitors encounter along the way.  Spectating is free.

And there’s plenty more to look forward to in 2019 including …

GOLF.  9th to 15th September – The Solheim Cup.  The Solheim Cup is a biennial tournament for professional women golfers contested by teams representing Europe and the United States, and hence equivalent to the Ryder Cup for men.  First staged in 1990 the 2019 event will be the 16th edition.  United States are the current holders having won at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa in 2017, meaning all eyes will be on Gleneagles in 2019 to see if Europe can win the trophy back.  Tickets on sale via the Solheim Cup website.  

SWIMMING.  4th to 8th December – European Short Course Swimming Championships.  An impressive year of international events in Scotland reaches a conclusion at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.  Dramatic action in the pool between Europe’s finest is guaranteed during the gala featuring racing over the shorter distances.  Register via the Euro Swim 2019 website for all the latest news and ticket updates.

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