British Universities & Colleges Sports

BUCSBUCS is the governing body of university sport in the UK, as recognised by the UK Sports Council. About 150 universities and institutes of higher education are members. The association provides an inter–university championship programme in 45 sports as well as a representative programme. At the representative level the association enters teams in the World University Games and World University Championships.

Most of the sporting fixtures organised by BUCS take place on a Wednesday afternoon, and are highly competitive. It’s estimated that up 1.2m students take part in BUCS and on Wednesday afternoons up 3,200 teams are taking part across the country. This makes BUCS the biggest sporting programme in Europe.

BUCS Competition

The BUCS Competition runs from the middle of October until the end of February for all winter sports. The majority of matches are played against local universities of an equal standard, in an attempt to become BUCS Champions. In addition there are a number of weekend competitions and summer sports programmes.

The University of Reading features very strongly in a number of sports
Our all-conquering female rowing eight won the BUCS regatta and head of river race and the University pennant in Women’s Eights Head. At the end of the season Reading was ranked third overall for rowing.

Reading University BUCS Champions 2012
Reading University BUCS Champions 2012

Reading performed well in many of the top regional leagues in sports such as hockey, football, squash, and lacrosse. In rugby we have partnership with National League Div 3 team, Redingensians. Our 1st XV play in the BUCS premier league south B.

In 2011-12 Reading university was ranked 32 overall in BUCS

Most of our popular sports have a number of men’s and women’s teams, so everyone has a chance to take part and represent the University. All the clubs provide a welcoming environment that encourages everyone from a diversity of backgrounds to enjoy taking part in sport and to develop a sense of belonging.