Loughborough University secures unprecedented 40th consecutive BUCS crown
Loughborough University has officially been crowned British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) champions for the 40th consecutive year.
The extraordinary achievement was formally recognised at the BUCS Annual Awards Dinner, held at the University of the West of England (UWE) on Thursday 11th July. The accolade was collected by Oren Flynn, Sport Executive Officer, on behalf of the 4,500 students that make up Loughborough’s Athletic Union.
The 2018/2019 BUCS campaign culminated in Loughborough Students achieving a final points total of 6017.7 – almost 900 points clear of second place University of Nottingham.
The achievement included titles in Athletics (Outdoor and Indoor) and Cross Country, Futsal, Snowsport, Swimming, Hockey, Tennis, Cycling, Cricket, and Basketball alongside Conference Cup wins in Badminton, Rugby, Lacrosse, and Netball. Teams from Badminton and Golf were also victorious in Trophy matches.
Richard Wheater, Director of Performance and Development, Loughborough University, said:
“To win forty consecutive BUCS championships is something we’re all extremely proud of. This achievement is not only testament to the teams and individuals who have performed so consistently over the past few months, but to those who have contributed to our success over the previous 39 years.
“We’re also thankful for our strong relationship with Loughborough Students’ Union which enables our talented athletes to flourish, year in, year out. Last but by no means least, we also offer our congratulations and gratitude to the huge number of support staff, coaches, practitioners, and volunteers who have all played their part in making history.”
BUCS is the national governing body for Higher Education sport in the UK and supports and promotes the lifestyle and educational benefits of participating in sport. Each year it delivers more than 50 sports across a varied programme of over 5,800 teams and individual competitors.