January 9, 2020, by Charlotte Gauja

Performance events you won’t want to miss in 2020!

There is plenty to look forward to in 2020 outside of your studies. With this year being an Olympic year, why not get on the hype early at a #GreenandGold event! There’s plenty of opportunity to brush up on your supporting skills, with a wide range of sports available on and off-campus each week but we have selected some big ones that you can’t miss!

The Headliner

This year we University of Nottingham Sport will be hosting two Headliner fixtures. A free series hosted on campus showcasing our BUCS team’s competition at the top level of University sport. Support from Red Bull promises an extra special match day experience for spectators with a live DJ.

On Wednesday 29th January Women’s Water Polo 1st team will take centre stage in the David Ross Sports Village Swimming Pool. The Headliner is a free series hosted on campus showcasing our BUCS team’s competition at the top level of University sport.

Our #GreenandGold ladies are not shy of success, this season so far they have dominated the BUCS Tier 1 league this season so far they have scored 160 goals and only let 20 in.

We are expecting a capacity event, please register for your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Register for your free ticket here.

The event will also be showcased on the Portland Mega Screen, so if the pool isn’t your scene, grab your friends and pack up for an entertaining picnic.

Headliner number two will be coming soon as our team’s progress to the final rounds of the cup.

BUCS Nationals

From Friday 14th to Sunday 16th February 2020, Sheffield will host one of the biggest University sport events of the year – BUCS Nationals. Elite sport players from across all universities in the UK will make their way to Sheffield to compete against each other for Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals in an action-packed weekend of top-class sport.

This year the university will take around 150 athletes to Sheffield to compete for the #GreenandGold at BUCS Nationals. They will be competing in; swimming, athletics, judo, fencing, karate, climbing and badminton.  Alongside them will be a team of coaches, conditioning experts and medical professionals to keep them in top condition so that that they can perform their very best on the day.

The 2019 BUCS Nationals down as the most successful individual championships in University of Nottingham history with 20 medals, including 8 golds.

You can capture all of the action through social media, live streams or head over to Sheffield to support the team at one of the venues.

Premier Squash League

The Premier Squash League is the top domestic professional team league. Each match night sees 5 fixtures played, 3 male, 2 female, playing best of 5 matches, first to 11 points. The Nottingham side includes two former world number ones, Karim Abdel Gawad and Nick Matthew, as well as top 20 player Declan James.

The team currently sit at the top of the Northern Division with 45 points, they hope to maintain this pole position to ensure a home semi-final.

The next home fixture is 18th February at David Ross Sports Village on the all-glass squash court, be sure to get your ticket in advance to ensure you watch the professionals here on campus! Tickets go will be available online soon and are available on the door.

BUCS Big Wednesday

The pinnacle of the university team sports programme, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Big Wednesday, is returning to Nottingham on Wednesday 25 March 2020. Hosted at Nottingham for a record third consecutive year, the event will take place across several hub venues in the city including the £40 million David Ross Sports Village on University Park campus.

With thousands of university sport teams taking part in the BUCS leagues every year, only the very best make it through to the BUCS Big Wednesday finals. Seeded by their league position in the Championship and a draw in the Trophy, the teams have to qualify via several gruelling knockout stages. Keep up to date with qualifying teams here.


Each year the University of Nottingham competes in the annual Varsity series against Nottingham Trent University. The series sees the best sportsmen and women from each University competing in some of Nottingham’s biggest sporting venues.

The Varsity series is a heady mix of fun and rivalry, with an increasing number of students and spectator enjoying events. University of Nottingham are currently ranked 2nd in UK Student sport and have dominated the Varsity series in the past decade (winning 8 out of the last 10 titles), but who will take the crown in 2020?

Rugby Centenary

The 2019/20 season marks a hugely significant milestone as our rugby club celebrates its centenary. On Sunday 8th March, Men’s Rugby Union will play against Loughborough to recreate the first match the 1919-20 team played. Kick-off is at 2pm at Highfields.

There will also be a Men’s Rugby Union Students vs Alumni Match on 4th April before the Rugby Centenary dinner that evening. This is on Saturday 4th April, 2pm at Highfields.


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