British Universities and Colleges Sport

British Universities and Colleges Sport

Infobox Sport governing body
assocname = British Universities and Colleges Sport

sport = University Sport in the United Kingdom
abbrev = BUCS
founded = 2008
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location = 20–24 King's Bench Street
United Kingdom
president = John Inverdale
chairman = Ed Smith
chiefexec = Karen Rothery
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  • British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) (1994-2008)
    • British Colleges Sports Association (BCSA) (?-1994)
    • British Polytechnic Sports Association (BPSA) (?-1994)
    • British Universities Sports Federation (BUSF) (1962-1994)
      • Inter-Varsity Athletic Board (1953-1962)
    • The Universities Athletic Union (UAU) (1930-1994)
      • Women's Inter Varsity Athletic Board (WIVAB) (1923-1979)
      • Inter Varsity Athletics Board of England and Wales (1919-1930)
  • University College Sport (UCS) (2000-2008)
    • British Universities and Colleges Physical Education Association (BUCPEA) (1993-2000)
      • British Universities Physical Education Association (BUPEA) (1972-1993)
        • Universities Physical Education Association (UPEA) (1960-1972)
      • Association of Polytechnic Physical Education Lecturers (APPEL) (?-1993)

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British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the governing body for university-level sports in the United Kingdom. BUCS was formed in June 2008 following a merger of the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) and University College Sport (UCS) organisations. [ [ Renaming] ] BUCS is responsible for organising inter-university sports within the UK and representative teams for the World University Championships and the World University Games. Apart from a couple of Oxbridge events, British university sport is generally not followed by the general public, so the BUCS Championships tend to have a much lower profile in the British sporting scene than, for example, the NCAA has in the United States, although the organisation is trying to change this.

BUCS is responsible for governing all British university sport at national and international level including the World University Games. BUCS coordinates around 1.2 million students who compete in 3200 teams and 503 leagues of all kinds of sports across Britain. University sports clubs can affiliate to BUCS through their Athletic Union or students' union when no separate AU exists. BUCS has the biggest sporting programme in Europe, with 503 participating leagues.] During the 2001 Summer Universiade in Beijing Team GBR returned with 10 medals including four gold medals.

BUSA, one of BUCS's predecessor organisations, was founded in 1994, one of its co-founders was Alun Evans.

BUCS sports

*Association Football
*Canoe (and Kayak)
*Clay Pigeon Shooting
*Field Hockey
*Gaelic football.
** See: British University Gaelic Football Championship
*Busa Hockey League
*Ju Jitsu
*Modern Biathlon
*Rugby league
*Rugby Union
** See: British Universities Snowsports Council
*Table Tennis
*Ten-pin bowling
*Water Polo


BUCS currently has three main sponsors; Vodafone was announced as the title sponsor of BUCS at the start of the 2006-7 academic year. Vodafone and BUCS now offer a graduate recruitment partnership whereby graduates are placed on the graduate training scheme at Vodafone [] The Daily Telegraph newspaper has sponsored BUCS since 1998, they publish regular reports about BUCS events in both The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph [] . PriceWaterhouseCoopers has been sponsoring BUSA since 1999. BUCS also has other sponsorship deals with Barclays and Lucozade Sports Drinks. In May 2008 there BUCS agreed a deal with Nike to provide kit for its teams [ [ Kit Deal] ]

ee also

*International University Sports Federation
*Scottish Universities Sport
*Colleges and Universities Sports Association of Ireland


External links

* [] - official site.

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