It's been another fantastic year of student sport, with our aspiring young talent winning more medals and scoring more points than ever before.
Big wins at BUCS
For the second successive year, our sports teams have finished fourth in the British University and College Sports (BUCS) table. Last year’s Nottingham’s fourth place finish was 407 points behind third-placed Edinburgh – this year, we narrowed that gap to just 203 points behind Edinburgh once again as we finished with a record total points score of 4098.
Among the highlights this year:
- 18 BUCS medals won
- Our Table Tennis, Squash, Jiu Jitsu, Canoe and Clay Pigeon teams took nine Gold medals, with countless more podium places in individual competitions
- Li Lian Yang won Gold in the Badminton individuals at the BUCS Nationals
- Our highest ever number of teams – 14 – made it to the BUCS Big Wednesday cup finals, where Cycling, Rowing and Canoe added another eight gold medals
Plaudits and praise
This academic year we recognised our proud sporting history as we inducted our first two sports stars into the new University of Nottingham Sport Hall of Fame – Deng Yaping, widely regarded as the world’s greatest ever table tennis player and voted China’s Athlete of the 20th Century, and Dr Tim Brabants, who made history by winning Team GB’s first ever canoeing medal.
It was also a year of plaudits across our sporting offer. In our annual Sports Challenge event, where alumni and student teams battle it out to be crowned champions, our alumni emerged victorious. Nottingham was also unveiled as one of eight UK universities to become a Centre of Excellence for women’s football by the Football Association, and we were winners of the Excellence in Student Sporting Experience by the College & University Business Officer (CUBO) awards for the variety of offer and inclusive projects aimed at students with a disability or long-term medical conditions.
A bright future
The first full year of operation for our new £40 million David Ross Sports Village has given our student athletes more opportunities than ever before to enhance their training, hone their skills and bring home more trophies for the green and gold. And it’s thanks to you, our alumni community, that we’ve got this far. Your support for our world-class coaching programmes and sports scholarships has helped many of our teams, in particular Hockey, Squash and Table Tennis, to reach the top of their game.
Our enhanced facilities across several campus venues were no doubt a factor in BUCS choosing our University to host the prestigious Big Wednesday event in 2018, where the country’s top student teams will compete for the national championship finals. The future’s bright for the green and golds!
Posted on Wednesday 23rd August 2017