Student sports clubs to compete in first South Coast Cup
Four universities on the south coast have joined forces to offer an exciting new competition in a response to the global pandemic. Brighton, Chichester, Portsmouth and Sussex are launching the South Coast Cup.
The competition aims to provide competitive sporting fixtures throughout February and March 2021. The Cup comes in response to students wanting competitive sport and universities looking to reduce risk and logistical issues given the current pandemic.
The Cup is a temporary solution with all universities taking a break from British University (BUCS) competition in sports that normally take place across the four institutions. There is also scope for the universities to offer one off tournaments in sports that would normally attend national competitions.
Leagues across twelve sports are due to be announced in the new year. As well as teams competing in leagues, the Universities will be competing for the overall South Coast Cup title as a point system, which will determine the overall winning University at the end of the competition.
Students are ecstatic at the prospect of competitive sport fixtures in the new year against a group of excellent institutions. A huge thank you to all the staff involved in the planning and implementation of this event, we are all looking forward to it very much.
Sports clubs usually are well into their BUCS competitive seasons by now, but have been unable to compete since returning in September. With frequently changing government guidelines on sport throughout the term and individual sports publishing varied guidance coupled with the second lockdown club sport has been difficult to get off the ground. The South Coast Cup will be vital to ensure student sports clubs can compete before the end of the academic year and help with their wellbeing. The short travel distance allows a more flexible approach to competition and with neighbouring counties generally sharing the same tier restrictions it’s promising for the new year. As the excitement builds we hope to bring you news of our first Team UOP victory in the new year.
Despite the disappointment that we are not able to undertake competitive BUCS matches, I'm delighted that our team have worked with colleagues across our region to create an exciting program of Inter-University league activity. This will give our students vital opportunities to compete and experience the buzz of representing their University and the wider physical and social benefits of regular sporting activities