Student shoots for the stars

An Edinburgh student has helped his football club reach the top tier of the Scottish game.

James Craigen

James Craigen is part of the Partick Thistle team which has won the Scottish First Division title and will now play in the Scottish Premier League next season.

In just 12 months, the Sport Management student has gone from playing for the University team in the East of Scotland Central Taxis League, to competing with some of the best players in the country.

Staggering season

James, 22 signed for Glasgow-based Partick Thistle last year and, following a stint on loan to Forfar Athletic, has been in the starting team for ten successive games.

This show of faith by Thistle Manager Alan Archibald gave James the chance to score a crucial goal in what was effectively a title decider against promotion rivals Morton.

After contributing to a momentous win against Falkirk, James is now dreaming of playing against teams like Celtic, where he can expect crowds of up to 60,000 watching him play.

Supported with studies

James works hard to combine his academic and sporting commitments.

The Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences was pleased to support him in his transition to full-time football by enabling him to complete the fourth year of degree on a part-time basis.

James has been excellent student and representing the University's football team with distinction prior to turning professional with Partick Thistle. Myself and colleagues are extremely proud of him and we wish him well in the Premier League (and exam hall) next year.

Dr John KellyLecturer in the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences

James has successfully balanced his footballing success with his degree, having completed his studies for the semester ahead of the crucial end-of-season matches.

Staff and students throughout the University are thrilled for him and look forward to supporting him and celebrating his further successes next season.

Picture courtesy of Partick Thistle Football Club.

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