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
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
Marie Curie Champions League
Leeds Beckett University (£15,315.20)
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)
Most Improved University
University of Stirling
Overall BUCS Winners