Students ready for annual Varsity encounter with the University of Roehampton

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Date: 28th Jul 2016

Sports teams from Buckinghamshire New University will lock horns on Wednesday 26 March in their second annual Varsity match against students at the University of Roehampton.

A total of 21 teams will compete across nine sports from 10.30am-9pm at sites including Bucks New University, in Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, and Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, near Marlow.

The once-a-year contest, which is being hosted for the first time by Bucks New University after being held at the University of Roehampton last year, will see students take each other on in sports including football, hockey, netball and rugby.

The first Varsity match between Bucks New University and Roehampton, in South-West London, took place last year and Roehampton won 12.5 points to 8.5.

Jade Anderson - VarsityIn High Wycombe, sports are taking place at Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre, in Holmer Lane; Wycombe Sports Centre in Marlow Hill is hosting men's squash; football is taking place on The Rye; and men's and women's football is at Magnolia Park, in Hughenden Valley.

Netball, men's and women's badminton, and men's and women's basketball will be played in the Gateway Events Hall at Bucks New University.

Rowing is also being contested on The Thames near Marlow and men's rugby will be played at Marlow Rugby Club, in Riverwoods, Marlow. Bisham Abbey will play host to men's and women's hockey.

Matt Gilbert, Vice President Student Involvement at Bucks Students' Union, said: "I know the whole University is hugely excited for the event and I am quietly confident that we will be bringing the trophy back to Bucks this year!

"Last year's Varsity competition was a massive success and you could see throughout the day how it brought everyone together.

"It's very rare that the sports teams are able to go and support their fellow members, so it's a great opportunity for all the different teams to cheer each other on.

"It's a huge help to have the great support from a range of sports venues so that we can host this year's event successfully."

Main picture caption: Third-year Sports Management and Coaching Studies student Shay Fenlon will be part of the University team looking to bring the Varsity cup back to Bucks.

Second picture caption: Student Jade Anderson, who studies BSc (Hons) Sports Science And Coaching Studies, competes for the ball for the women's football team in last year's Varsity.

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