Winning Students


Scotland hockey star is cut from the sporting cloth

1 August 2013
David Forsyth. Photo: Scottish Hockey

David Forsyth. Photo: Scottish Hockey

By Kelly Boyd, Winning Students Intern

Scotland Hockey international David Forsyth will take a brief pause from his new career with sporting giants Adidas to compete at the EuroHockey Nations Championship II next week.

Forsyth, an Event Management and Marketing graduate from the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), is currently based in Amsterdam where he works in the e-commerce department at the Adidas Centre of Excellence. There, he oversees all the content for, and works on campaigns with sports stars that are promoting new products.

The 24-year-old is one of 10 current and former Winning Students-supported hockey players to earn a call up for the Scotland squad to face Pool A opponents Azerbaijan, France and Wales in Vienna.

Pool B is made up of hosts Austria, Italy, Russia and Ukraine and the target for the national side is to reach the semi-finals of the competition to contest promotion to the EuroHockey Nations Championship in 2015. The top two sides in the final standings will be promoted.

“Adidas is very understanding with my playing schedule,” said the Paisley-born player, who has been plagued with injury in recent years. “Winning Students helped me through university and helped me focus on my sports and studies. Both of those are very important to me and it was the main thing that pushed me to get my degree and get the job with Adidas.

“The last tournament I competed in before getting injured was the U21 B Division European Championships in 2010. That was a really successful team and we won easily, but I know this won’t be as easy.

“I’m really hoping to compete well again especially finally being injury free then the plan is to train for the Commonwealth Games, which may require more training days and time off from work.”

He is currently completing a switch from illustrious hometown club Glynhill Hotel Kelburne to Dutch side Qui Vive, where University of Glasgow graduate Iain Scholefield currently plies his trade.

The squad also includes Forsyth’s younger brother Alan, who is completing his own studies at UWS and 2012-13 scholars: Callum Duke (University of Edinburgh); Chris Grassick (Edinburgh Napier University); William Marshall (UWS) and Ian Moodie (University of Strathclyde). Former scholarship students to make the squad are: Wei Adams (University of Strathclyde); Kenny Bain (West College Scotland) and Gavin Byers (University of Abertay Dundee).

Winning Students, in partnership with Scottish Hockey, supports 30 hockey players studying in colleges and universities across Scotland, providing funding support and academic flexibility.