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UEA come together to show sporting passion

Last week (11 March) the culmination of a season’s hard work for over 600 student athletes from 64 sporting teams came to a head in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Conference Championships, hosted at UEA for the very first time.

Across 31 fixtures, 22 universities competed in the broad range of sports, including our very own Men’s Volleyball and UEA Women’s Netball Second teams, both of whom came away with a well-deserved silver medal for their hard season’s worth of efforts.

UEA was granted the opportunity to host this event, one of the largest multi-sport competitions of the year, by peer Universities from across the region, beating Loughborough in the race to host.

Students from across the midlands region, and from the local Valley Primary Academy and City Academy joined in the fun by spectating, celebrating the sporting efforts of students. Also offering cheers were student volunteers, alumni, friends, family and staff.

Sophie Thomas, Student Performance Sport Manager for uea+sport, said: “What an incredible day! There has been so much sporting talent and everything has run smoothly thanks to the awesome team of volunteers and staff within Sportspark and uea+sport. Hosting a sporting event like this is what Sportspark is great at and we hope that, having attracted people from as far across the midlands as Staffordshire, this will give us a platform to host events like this long in to the future.

“Most importantly for me, it’s about bringing our students and community together. To hear the voices of UEA Netball supported by members of premier league club Norfolk United, fill the whole of the showcourt in support, sent goose bumps down the spine. We have such a unique entity with the UEA family and we can’t wait to experience more events like this.”

The event saw great levels of competition throughout the day and was a fantastic spectacle to conclude the BUCS season on campus.