EUSA at BUCS Nationals 2019 and start of centennial anniversary
Between 15 – 17 February, over 6000 student athletes were welcomed at BUCS Nationals 2019 in Sheffield, UK. On invitation from the British University & Colleges Sport (BUCS), EUSA Assistant Sports Manager, Mr Liam Smith visited events across the city.
For the past ten years BUCS Nationals has been returning to Sheffield, welcoming student athletes from across the UK in a total of 8 sports. Indoor Athletics, Swimming, Fencing, Karate, Judo, Climbing, Rifle, and Badminton were hosted at venues across Sheffield, including the world-famous Ponds Forge and English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EISS). Ponds Forge was built to host the aquatic events of the 1991 Summer Universiade, whilst the EISS is now on the site of Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Park.
Along with the 500 strong team of officials and volunteers, Liam was able to meet with key operational staff from BUCS who were coordinating the events in these top class facilities.
BUCS CEO, Mr Vince Mayne welcomed Liam to the event, and the occasion was a chance to discuss many topics such as the international programme of BUCS and the upcoming European Universities Championships. Many other instrumental people in British and European university sport were present at the events, including EUSA Executive Committee Member and Chair of the Media and Communications Commission, Mr Bill Thompson, and EUSA Honorary Member, Ms Allison Odell CBE.
2019 marks 100 years of university sport in the UK, and to celebrate the occasion the University of Sheffield hosted a centenary celebration, welcoming UK university institutions. This was the first of many events throughout 2019 which will celebrate 100 years of university sport in the UK, each of which will commemorate the most important people in British university sport to the BUCS Hall of Fame. Local Sheffield star, and Olympic Gold medal holder, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill was the first to be welcomed into the BUCS Hall of Fame for her contribution to university sport.
For more information, please see www.bucs.org.uk.