Friday 19 February 2016
British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) has agreed a deal with the City of Sheffield to host the BUCS Nationals in Sheffield for a further three years. The agreement which includes the 2016 BUCS Nationals, starting today, is signed in conjunction with a city partnership consisting of Sheffield City Council, Sheffield International Venues (SIV), Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University.
BUCS Nationals is the UK’s largest annual multi-sport event, with over 6,000 entries from over 100 universities represented in ten sports, across seven venues.
Sheffield already hosts a large number of world-class sporting events and Councillor Leigh Brammall from Sheffield Council feels it is a tribute to the collaborative approach of the city, which has made this partnership possible:
“We are delighted that in collaboration with Sheffield International Venues, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield, we have reached this agreement with British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) to bring their flagship Nationals event to Sheffield for another three years and is testament to the outstanding sporting facilities and hospitality in the city. This is a chance to showcase Sheffield to over 6,000 students – many of whom will be looking to build future careers across industries based in the city – and for them to see what opportunities the city offers them ”
Vince Mayne, CEO of BUCS said:
“We are delighted to be bringing BUCS Nationals back to Sheffield for a further three years, cementing our close bond with the city. We have always been impressed with the fantastic sporting facilities in the city and they know how to host a great event. This deal will allow us to grow the largest annual multi-sport event in the UK even further, utilising all that Sheffield as a city has to offer and with a record number of entries this year, we can’t wait for the championships to begin.”
This years’ BUCS Nationals comes at a crucial time for aspirational sportsmen and women, with Rio 2016 on the horizon. The pathway that university sport provides to Olympic teams is well documented and current Olympic Champion and Sheffield golden girl, Jessica Ennis-Hill is delighted by the news: “It’s great for the city to have secured yet another superb sporting event further cementing Sheffield as the sporting capital of England. It’s key to be supporting the next generation of athletes, which is particularly apt being in an Olympic year and from my own experience, I can say that competing at university level really helped me get to where I am at today. I will be keeping an eye out for the stars of tomorrow and the future competition!”
BUCS Nationals takes place in Sheffield from 19-21 February at venues across the city. Events include athletics, badminton, swimming, boxing, karate, fencing, trampolining, judo, climbing and shooting, so whatever your game there really is something for everyone. All events are free and spectators are encouraged to come along and watch as the action unfolds across the weekend. For more information, including the event timetable visit www.bucs.org.uk.
*Since 1992: 65% of gold medallists, 66% of silver medallists and 49% of bronze medallists for Team GB have come through university sport. BUCS will be profiling athletes heading to Brazil, in its #BUCSinBrazil campaign, starting in March.