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.

A large number of York St John University Sports Teams compete in BUCS Leagues, meaning, once a week, on a Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday (depending on your sport) you will travel across the country to compete against other institutions. Over the course of the 2016/17 BUCS season, 37 teams will represent York St John University across 17 different sports.

York St John University also have a number of individual athletes who compete at the BUCS Individual Championship Events. Over the course of the academic year BUCS provide a competitions calendar consisting of over 100 events, offering everything from Athletics to Windsurfing. The individual championships events give students a great 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.

Throughout the season teams and individuals compete to earn BUCS points, BUCS points are used to determine the institutions place in the overall BUCS Ranking table. York St John University head into the 2016/17 BUCS Season with the goal of breaking into the top 50%.

If you require any more information about BUCS Team or Individuals please contact the Sport Coordinator, Karl Swales (k.swales@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

York St John Sports Clubs are proud to train and compete at on and off campus University sporting facilities.

Foss Sports Hall

Foss Sports Hall is located on York St John University Campus and has provision to house a number of different sports. Foss Sports Hall has the following;

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

Foss Fitness Suite

Foss Fitness Suite is located on York St John University Campus above Foss Sports Hall. The Fitness Suite is used by YSJ Excel Performance Teams for Strength and Conditioning Training; however, it is possible for individuals to also become a member. Foss Fitness Suite has the following equipment;

 
  • 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 is currently undergoing 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 has;

  • Floodlit 3G (Football/ Rugby League Markings)
  • Floodlit Sand-Dressed Pitch (Hockey markings / 5-a-side Nets)
  • 3 Floodlit Tennis Courts
  • 3 Floodlit Netball Courts
  • 10 Grass Pitches (Football, Rugby Union, Ultimate Frisbee Markings)
  • Grass Multi-Purpose Training Pitch
  • Cricket Oval
  • 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

Hull Road Playing Fields

Hull Road Playing Fields are an off-campus sport facility used predominantly for BUCS Football Fixtures. Hull Playing Fields are around a 30 minute walk from campus. Hull Road Playing Fields has the following;

  • 3 Grass Football Pitches
  • On-Site Parking Provision

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 provide students with additional playing opportunities. Currently, Badminton, Football (Mens), Netball and Volleyball all provide club members with the opportunity to compete in local Community League Sport Leagues and Rugby League, Rugby Union (Mens) and Rugby Union (Womens) provide Development League Sport opportunities for individuals who are interested in developing their understanding of the game and their playing ability.

Badminton

York St John University Badminton Club has four Community League teams (two male, one female, one mixed). All four teams play the York & District Badminton League. Both male teams (St John’s Men’s A and St John’s Men’s B) play in Men’s Division 4, the Women’s team (St John’s Women’s A) play in Division 2 the Clubs Mixed team (St John’s Mixed A) play in Division 4. Fixtures take place on evenings throughout the week with home fixtures been played on a Sunday night in Foss Sports Hall.

Football (Mens)

York St John University Men’s Football Club has one Community League team. The team (York St John University FC) play in Division One of the York Football League. Fixtures take place on a Saturday afternoon with home games played at York St John University Sports Park on the 3G.

Netball

York St John University Netball Club has one Community League team. The team (York St John) currently play in Division One of the York & District Netball League. Fixtures take place on weekday evenings with home games been played on a Monday night in Foss Sports Hall.

Rugby League

British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) in partnership with Student Rugby League (SRL) are geared to starting a Rugby League 9s League for the 2016/17 BUCS Season. The Rugby League 9s will run as 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. 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 2016/17 Season.

Rugby Union (Mens)

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 (Womens)

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. Both leagues have a development focus and the fixtures are often used to give inexperienced players additional match time. Fixtures take place on weekends and weekday evenings with home fixtures taking place on Saturday afternoons in Foss Sports Hall.