Department of Sport

University Sport

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The University of Nottingham has over a hundred teams and thousands of students who compete for the #GreenandGold each season in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues and competitions. 

Each team and individual competitor plays to win their league or competition, but crucially also for BUCS points. These points feed into an overall table where over 140 different HE institutions are ranked. The University of Nottingham is consistently a top performer - we haven't finished outside the top ten since the introduction of the leagues 30 years ago!

With 20 of those teams playing in the top division of their sport and several students tipped for individual gold this season, BUCS offers a fantastic opportunity for spectators to watch top quality sport right on their doorstep. Read below to find out more about what's on!

Domestic competition

University of Nottingham teams compete as the #GreenandGold against other universities across several BUCS leagues, cup fixtures and competitions. Most fixtures take place each week on #BUCSWednesday - follow the links above for our latest home fixtures and results or visit BUCScore to search for a specific league or team. 

Many sports' national finals culminate on a single day of competition at BUCS Big Wednesday, a huge event which this year will be hosted at the University of Nottingham on 21 March 2018

University of Nottingham students also compete as individuals across a wide range of sports, winning vital points towards the overall BUCS league table. Many of these competitions take place on weekends and the annual BUCS Nationals in February hosts nine sports, welcoming over 6000 students during the 3 days of competition. 

International competition

The very best University of Nottingham athletes can also qualify to represent Great Britain or their home country at European and World university events. Organised by the European Universities Sports Association (EUSA) and the International University Sports Federation (FISU), events like the World University Championships attract the best student athletes from over 100 countries across the globe. 

Join the conversation with  #GreenandGold


2016-17 highlights


Our history

The University of Nottingham has a proud history of success within university sport leagues and competitions. As one of the founding institutions of the inter-varsity competition, we have finished in the top ten of the BUCS leagues since their official introduction over 30 years ago. 

2016-17 - 4th place overall

Individual national champions

  • Li Lian Yang - Women's Singles - Badminton
  • Maartje Otten - Women's Individual K1 - Canoe Slalom
  • Patrick Marriott - Men's Individual C1 - Canoe Slalom
  • Matthew Clarke - Men's Road Race - Cycling
  • Jono Jones - Men's Downhill Mountain Biking
  • Alexandra De Prendergast - Women's Individual - Jiu Jitsu
  • Tom Barrett - Men's 9 ball - Pool
  • Men's Lighweight Coxless 4s - BUCS Head - Rowing
  • Women's Lighweight Coxless 4s - BUCS Head - Rowing
  • Women's Lightweight Quadruple Sculls - BUCS Regatta - Rowing
  • Hana Ramadan - Women's Singles - Women's Squash
  • Liu Haoyu - Women's Singles - Table Tennis
  • Daniel Reed - Men's Singles - Table Tennis
  • Adam Harrison / Daniel Reed - Men's Doubles - Table Tennis

National team champions

  • Canoe Slalom (open team)
  • Canoe Slalom (mixed team)
  • Women's Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Women's Squash
  • Women's Table Tennis
  • Men's Table Tennis

European Universities championships

  • Danny Reed - Men's Singles Bronze - Table Tennis
  • Jenny Liu & Maria Tsaptsinos - Women's Doubles Silver - Table Tennis
  • Women's Table Tennis - Team Bronze
  • Li Lian Yang - Women's Singles Silver - Badminton
  • Emily Witt & Tiara Samuels - Women's Doubles Silver - Badminton
  • Badminton - Team Bronze

World Universities championships

  • Li Lian Yang - Women's Singles Bronze - Badminton
  • Li Lian Yang - Team Bronze - Badminton (representing Malaysia)

University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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