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BUCS Conference 2016

Disruptive Innovation, opportunities for sport in higher education

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | August 16, 2016 | Sports & leisure

Held at the University of Warwick on 12th-15th July, the theme of this year’s British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) conference was ‘Disruptive Innovation,’ challenging members to think about the way sport and physical activity is organised, managed, delivered and consumed. 

BUCS was privileged to have its Patron, HRH Princess Royal, in attendance , who met a number of members and delivered a keynote address.

Other highlights of the Conference included a regional active challenge throughout the week, in partnership with Hi-Motiv and the first BUCS Conference Regional Sports Festival in partnership with Outgoing. A number of NGBs were present during the festival showcasing their recreational sporting offer to universities.

"As BUCS partners for the past 8 years on the Surf Championships,  working alongside them on the Rugby finals at Twickenham and Mountain Bike Championships it’s good to see the organisation flourishing and going from strength to strength," said Ian Boulger, Head of Events, Outgoing.

He added: "BUCS and Warwick hosted our best conference experience to date with ideal venues, location of accommodation, a record number of delegates, range of sessions on offer and some great guest speakers to note just a few areas. It’s always an exciting event to attend for us as we get to see many new faces as well as catching up with old friends. We are looking forward to a great year ahead in University sport."

BUCS and Warwick hosted our best conference experience to date with ideal venues, location of accommodation, a record number of delegates, range of sessions on offer and some great guest speakers to note just a few areas

Keynote speakers included: 

Nick Pontefract, Head of Sport, DCMS
Nicola Dandridge, CEO, Universities UK
Nick Eastwood, Deputy Chairman, Wasps RFC
Mark Sampson, National Team Head Coach, England Women's Football Team
Martin Reeves, CEO, West Midlands Combined Authority
Tom Lewthwaite, Managing Partner, Deloitte
Dr Paul Hawkins OBE, Founder, Hawk-Eye Innovations Ltd
Professor Greg Whyte, Director of Performance, The Centre for Health and Human Performance
Simon Shepard, Co-founder, Optima Life

Awards

The BUCS Awards Dinner was held on the evening of Thursday 14th July as part of Conference. Sky Sports News presenter, David Garrido hosted the evening and record-breaking polar explorer, Alan Chambers MBE delivered a motivational after dinner speech.  

And the winners are:

Student Volunteer of the Year
Becky Grimwade – University of Sussex

Chris Potter Bursary
James Findon 

Marie Curie Champions League
Leeds Beckett University (£15,315.20) 

#TakeAStand Award
University of York 

BDLA Student Sport Leader of the Year
Katie Lomas – University of Bradford 

BUCS Sportsman of the Year
Max Litchfield – Sheffield Hallam University 

BUCS Sportswoman of the Year
Poppy Leitch – University of Exeter

Kukri Team of the Year
University of Birmingham Women’s Hockey 1st team

Hudl Club of the Year
University of Nottingham Equestrian Club 

BUCS Unsung Hero
Jane Hodson – University of Chester 

A.D Munrow (outstanding contribution to sport)
John Warnock 

Most Improved University
University of Stirling 

Overall BUCS Winners
Loughborough University

W: www.bucs.org.uk

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