BUCS

British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for Higher Education (HE) sport in the UK. Over the course of the academic year, BUCS deliver more than 50 sports (team and individual) to over 170 institutions, comprising a busy league programme of over 5,800 teams and over 120 championship events.

BUCS League Programme

BUCS League Programme offers a comprehensive League structure for a host of different Sports. The BUCS League Programme offers participating teams weekly competitive fixtures, the majority which take place on a Wednesday afternoon, with some sports competing on Saturday (American Football, Women’s Futsal) or Sunday (Men’s Futsal). The 2017/18 BUCS Season will see York St John University represented 36 different teams, competing across 15 sports (American Football, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket (Indoor), Cricket (Outdoor), Football, Futsal, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball). The BUCS League Programme offers students at York St John University a brilliant opportunity to compete on a weekly basis against institutions from across the country with the aim of been crowned League and Cup winners come March when the League Season culminates!

BUCS Championship Events

Over the course of the academic year BUCS Championship Events offers a competitive outlet for everything from Athletics to Windsurfing. The BUCS Championship Events give York St John University students the opportunity to represent the University in their chosen sport, earn BUCS points and compete against the top student athletes in the UK and some of the country’s most prestigious sporting venues (e.g. Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome). Despite being a small University, York St John Students’ Union is proud of the number of athletes we enter in BUCS Championship Events, having regular representation in; Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Climbing, Ju Jitsu, Judo, Karate, Rowing, Swimming and Trampolining.

Throughout the BUCS Season, BUCS points achieved from Leagues, Cups and Championship Events are combined to give every institution an overall BUCS Points and BUCS Ranking, York St John University head into the 2017/18 BUCS Season with the goal of breaking into the top 50% of institutions competing in BUCS.

If you are interested in learning more about the Sports, Leagues and Championship Events you can enter check out this document (Link to BUCS Competitions Offer Document).

If you would like to discuss entering a team in BUCS League Programme or entering a BUCS Championship event please contact Alice Bolton, Sports and Societies Graduate Intern (a.bolton@yorksj.ac.uk) or Karl Swales, Sports and Activities Development Coordinator (k.swales@yorksj.ac.uk).

Notable Achievements

York St John Students’ Union is incredibly proud of the number of talented athletes that are / have represented York St John University in their chosen sport. Many athletes whilst studying and upon graduating have been selected for representative teams and in some cases, professional teams. Below is a list comprehensive list of notable sporting achievements by current students and Alumni of York St John University.

Athletics
Andy Smith – 800m Bronze Medal at BUCS Outdoors 2017
Andy Smith – 800m Silver Medal at England Senior Championships 2017
Beth Taylor – Ranked 6th Nationally in Heptathlon in 2016
Dan Fleming – Discus U20 Silver Medallist Representing England 2015

Cheerleading
Stephanie Needley – Competed at Cheerleading World Championships 2016 with Leeds Based Cheerleading Team Avaitor Allstars.

Cricket
Becky Glen – Represented Scotland Women’s Cricket Team in the Celtic Cup 2016/17

Football
Laura Porritt – Signed for Leeds United F.C. after Graduating from York St John University

Judo
Aaron Hales – Represented York St John University in Judo at the 2017 European University Championships

Karate
Vinny Dawson – U83kg Men’s Senior Judo Bronze Medal European University Championship 2017
Vinny Dawson – Represented England and Team GB

Netball
Olivia Bowers – Selected for North of England Universities 2016/17

Rounders
Bronte Farrage – Selected for England Senior Rounders Squad whilst Studying at York St John University

Rugby League
Alex Land – Selected for North East Universities 2014/15
Andrew Coleman – Selected for North East Universities 2014/15
Boawe Rankin – Selected for North East Universities 2014/15
Jake Lewney – Selected for North East University 2014/15
Jamie Baxter – Selected for North East University 2013/14
Jonathon Cambridge – Selected for North East Universities 2014/15
Josh Carrington – Selected for North East Universities 2014/15
Kris Brining – Selected for York City Knights RFL whilst Studying at York St John University
Kris Brining – Signed for SuperLeague team Salford Red Devils after Graduating from York St University
Pete Starling – Selected for North East Universities 2014/15
Sam Roe – Selected for North East Universities 2013/14
Steven Batty – Selected for North East Universities, North of England Universities and England Universities 2015/16
Tom Joyce – Selected for North East Universities 2014/15

Rugby Union
Rianna Manson – Selected for England Universities 2016/17
Rianna Manson – Plays for Mowden Sharks RUFC in the RFU Premiership
Weightlifting
Holly Knowles – U63kg Olympic Weightlifting Welsh and British Junior Title 2017

Whilst we try and keep this page up to date at all times, it has easy to miss achievements from this page! If you have a notable sporting achievement that you think we may be interested in, it is best to contact the Sports and Activities Development Coordinator, Karl Swales (k.swales@yorksj.ac.uk) or the Sports and Societies Graduate Intern, Alice Bolton (a.bolton@yorksj.ac.uk).

Performance Sport

York St John Students’ Union in partnership with York St John University currently offer two schemes that provide additional support to our high performing athletes and clubs, promoting excellence and maximizing opportunities to improve sporting performance.

1. YSJ Excel

YSJ Excel is our Sport Performance Programme focused on improving Team performance in their chosen events. The Programme offers these selected teams support and guidance in the following areas;

  • Sport Therapy
  • Sport Specific Coaching
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Performance Conditioning (Strength and Conditioning)
  • Lifestyle and Psychology
  • Talent ID and Recruitment

Currently 2 of our BUCS Teams are on the YSJ Excel Programme, Men’s Football / Futsal 1st and Women’s Netball 1st. Both teams have been on the Programme since it started in 2014/15 and listed below are their achievements:

Men’s Football / Futsal 1st

  • 1st Place and Promotion from BUCS Futsal Northern 2A
  • Winners of BUCS Futsal Northern Conference Cup

Women’s Netball 1st

  • 1st Place in BUCS Netball Northern 1A
  • Reached the BUCS Netball Premier League Playoff Finals
  • Reached the Last 16 in the BUCS Netball Trophy
  • Winners of Yorkshire and District Netball Division 1

2. Sport Scholarships

We currently offer sport scholarships at York St John University as part of our sport performance offer to support students who want to reach their full potential as athletes.To become a scholar, students must be able to demonstrate excellence in their chosen sporting activity and be willing to represent the university at a high level. As well as financial support the Scholar will also receive a range of other benefits gifted by the Student Union and the University.

Before applying for the award, the criteria required of the athletes applying should be read very carefully. Above all, the athlete should be of an extremely high calibre in their chosen sport, capable of spending the award solely on enhancing their sporting career whilst studying at York St John.

Click Here for an application

Facilities

Here at York St John University, we are proud to offer our students the opportunity to train and play on professional standard sporting facilities. We are lucky to have a wide range of accessible facilities both on and off campus. See below for more information on the facilities we have to offer;
Foss Sports Hall
Foss Sports Hall is located on campus here at York St John University. This facility has provision to house a range of different sports. The following are features of Foss Sports Hall;

  • Pitch / Court Markings (4x Badminton, Netball, Basketball, Volleyball, Boccia, 5-a-side Football)
  • Climbing Wall
  • Ceiling Suspended Basketball Hoops
  • Cricket Nets

Foss Fitness Suite
Located just above our Foss Sports Hall, Foss Fitness Suite is another facility found here on campus at York St John University. The Fitness Suite is used by our Excel Performance Teams for Strength and Conditioning Training. However, it is also possible for individuals to become a member. The following equipment is found in Foss Fitness Suite;

  • 11 Cardiovascular Machines
  • 2 Squat Racks
  • Olympic Lifting Bars
  • Dumbbells (up to 30kg)
  • Kettlebells (up to 40kg)
  • Powerbags (up to 25kg)
  • Resistance Bands
  • Medicine Balls (3 – 5kg)
  • Large Plasma Screen TV
  • Music System

York St John University Sports Park
York St John University Sport Park is a 57 acre sports site which has recently undergone a multi-million pound investment to enhance student sport. The site is a 15 minute walk from Campus and has provision for a number of sports from participation through to elite level performance. YSJU Sports Park offers;

  • Floodlit 3G (11-A-Side Football / Rugby League Markings)
  • Floodlit 3G (11-A-Side Football / 5-A-Side Football)
  • 3 Floodlit Tennis Courts
  • 3 Floodlit Netball Courts
  • 10 Grass Pitches (Football, Rugby Union, American Football, Ultimate Frisbee Markings)
  • Grass Multi-Purpose Training Pitch
  • Cricket Oval
  • 100m Sprint Track
  • 14 Changing Rooms
  • Sports Hall (Futsal, Volleyball, Netball Markings)
  • Strength and Conditioning Suite
  • Flexible Learning Space (Regularly used for Tactics Meetings)
  • Parking Provision for 50+ Cars and 8 Coaches

York St John Boat House
The Boat House is located on the River Ouse between Lendal Bridge and Scarborough Railway Bridge (around a 10 minute walk from Campus), adjacent to the Museum Gardens. The stone and concrete boathouse has the following;

  • Boat Racks (Capable of Storing 20+ boats)
  • Number of Ergonomic Rowing Machines
  • Shower Room
  • In House Changing Room

Dance Studios
York St John University has a number of onsite Dance Studios that are used by both Academic and Student Sport Dance Classes. Onsite Dance Studios are equipped with the following;

  • Floor to Ceiling Mirrors
  • Ballet Rails
  • Music System

Community and Development

Community and Development Sport provides students with additional playing opportunities outside of BUCS competitions. Community Sport Leagues offer regular 1st team players additional playing time and the opportunity to compete against the best community teams within the region whilst Development Sport Leagues offer players not playing in BUCS Leagues competitive playing opportunities against evenly matched opposition. Currently, Badminton, Netball and Volleyball provide Club members with the opportunity to compete in local Community League Sport Leagues and Rugby League, Rugby Union (Men’s) and Rugby Union (Women’s) provide Club members with the opportunity to participate in Development League Sport.

Badminton

York St John University Badminton Club has one Community League team. The team (York St John University) currently play in Division Three (Mixed) of the York & District Badminton League. Fixtures take place on weekday evenings with home games being played at YSJU Sports Hall (Foss) on a Sunday night.

Netball

York St John University Netball Club has one Community League team. The team (York St John University) currently play in Division One of the York & District Netball League. Fixtures take place on weekday evenings with home games being played at YSJU Sports Park (Sports Barn) or YSJU Sports Park (Outdoor Netball).

Rugby League

British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) in partnership with Student Rugby League (SRL) trialled a Rugby League 9s League for the 2016/17 BUCS Season. Following the success of the 2016/17 Rugby League 9s League, BUCS and SRL are set to deliver the Rugby League 9s programme over the course of the 2017/18 academic year. The 2017/18 Rugby League 9s programme will run two separate competitions, a Championship and Trophy. Whilst BUCS Points will be awarded for Rugby League 9s, the competition will have a focus on increasing the number of players in University Rugby League Clubs whilst simultaneously offering additional playing opportunities. As per the 2016/17 programme, this year’s Rugby League 9s is expected to be ran as monthly round robin development tournaments held at various institutions within the region, the 9s League will culminate with a one-day Trophy and Championship tournament at the end of the BUCS 2017/18 Season. Keep an eye out for development tournaments held at YSJU Sports Park and keep an eye our social media for regular updates and results regarding YSJ’s RL 9s team!

Rugby Union (Men’s)

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) run a number of University Development Leagues (Friday Night Lights) which are aimed at improving player’s ability. The RFU started Friday Night Lights in 2013 with a focus on increasing the number of University students playing Rugby Union and developing grass roots Rugby Union. RFU Development Leagues are run on an ad-hoc basis with round robin tournament taking place on Friday nights at various institutions within the region.

Rugby Union (Women’s)

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) run a number of University Development Leagues (Friday Night Lights) which are aimed at improving player’s ability. The RFU started Friday Night Lights in 2013 with a focus on increasing the number of University students playing Rugby Union and developing grass roots Rugby Union. RFU Development Leagues are run on an ad-hoc basis with round robin tournament taking place on Friday nights at various institutions within the region.

Volleyball

York St John University Volleyball Club (YSJVC) has two Community League teams (one male, one female). Both the Male and Female Volleyball Community Teams play in the West Yorkshire Volleyball Association League. Fixtures take place on weekends and weekday evenings with home fixtures taking place on Saturday afternoons in the Sports Barn at YSJU Sports Park.