December 20, 2021, by brzbs1
A re-cap of our BUCS Term 1 action
This term we have been delighted to see students return to our sport and fitness facilities across our campuses. This has also meant that we have seen the #GreenandGold return to BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) competition, with the University of Nottingham pitting themselves against other British universities across a host of sports. With matches usually taking place on Wednesday’s, it has been particularly satisfying to see our sports halls, pitches and pools once again showcasing the best talent that university sport has to offer.
Before our first game week of the year in early October, it had been nearly 18 months since the last live BUCS action at the university. Since the restart our athletes, teams and clubs have wasted little time in finding their form with the university enjoying some outstanding success. We currently sit in 1st place in the overall BUCS table for league sports with 33 of our teams leading their respective leagues. Notable highlights from the first term of BUCS fixtures include our very first Headliner event of the academic year, as well as a highly notable league victory for our Women’s Lacrosse team.
Resuming BUCS sport meant that we were delighted to bring back our Headliner event series which showcases a particular BUCS fixture, and is supported by partners Red Bull to create a fantastic spectator experience for the #GreenandGold on campus. The selected fixture for the return of the event was our Men’s Football 1st team taking on the University of Birmingham in the BUCS Trophy first round. Being the current holders of the trophy, this was the start of the clubs defence of the title and the first fixture on the #RoadtoNottingham for BUCS Big Wednesday. Over 300 spectators watched the University of Nottingham win the Headliner 2-0, whilst many more were able to view the action on our YouTube live stream.
Towards the end of the year we saw an unprecedented result for our Women’s Lacrosse 1st team as they travelled north to take on the University of Durham. Durham had not lost a league match since 2011, but a truly impressive performance from our ladies saw us come away with the 6-4 win to end the opponents winning streak at 82 games. This achievement saw the team named as BUCS x New Balance Team of the Week and proved the university’s continually rising status in the sport.
Not only have we seen phenomenal amounts of success each and every Wednesday from our clubs, it’s also been fantastic to see our athletes perform superbly in individual competitions. Notable highlights have included the highest ever haul of 20 medals in the Canoe Whitewater event in Scotland, our Table Tennis club winning 17 out of the 20 medals available, the first individual tennis medal in many years for the tennis club who won gold and silver medals in the National doubles event, and 41 teams who are currently sitting at the top of their leagues – with a number of others still in with a chance to top their leagues in the final matches in the new year. We have also seen notable achievements for our snow sports, gymnastics, polo, taekwondo and power lifting clubs and athletes, and we cannot wait for more of the same in 2022 as we now look forward to the BUCS events in the new year, including the #RoadtoNottingham as we once again host BUCS Big Wednesday!
Congratulations to all of our athletes, teams and clubs on the fantastic way that they have embraced the return to competition. We have seen some truly brilliant performances and we hope that you all enjoy a superb winter break, ready to return in the same vein next term.
There are many sporting opportunities at the University of Nottingham. If you would like to get involved with club sport in term 2, check out our BUCS sport webpage or Club Finder webpage for more information!
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