By Kasey Rees
Varsity returns this spring with the Cardiff Met Student Union promising that it will be the biggest event yet.
For those who don’t know, a Varsity is when two universities come together to compete in several different sports across a series of venues, with a rugby union match deciding the title winner at the end of the event.
With the Varsity in its fourth series, the event was held at Bath University in 2018 and now it’s Cardiff Met’s turn to host at the Cyncoed Campus. Unlike the Welsh Varsity between Cardiff University and Swansea, the event will remain on one Campus.
For the past three years both universities have been competing in 13 different sports, this year six new sports are added: Rugby League, Golf, Futsal, Squash, Tennis and Cricket, all agreed between Cardiff Met and Bath.
Event organiser Danielle Morgan who participated in past Varsities says: “We asked Bath if they would like to see any new sports included in the event this year and they were quite keen to add six new sports, especially rugby league as it has done so well in the past couple of years, it just seemed natural to include it this year. As for cricket, it has been great to include as we are playing that down at Sophia Gardens. Golf will be played at Cardiff Golf Club just down the road from Cyncoed campus, and both Bath and Cardiff Met thought it would be great to include smaller teams this year.”
Squash, Futsal, Rugby League and Tennis will be played across venues on campus, Director of Tennis Ellen Jones, who coaches some of our tennis players at Cardiff Met’s tennis center said: “It’s great that we are part of it this year, our courts are world class and the home advantage will definitely play a part for Cardiff Met.
“Our girls have been dying to be included in the event for years and are looking forward to competing on what we hope will be a great day.”
Since the event started in 2016, Bath University have won every event, with the Archers still in search of their first ever win of the series.
Captain of the women’s first tennis team Amy Wright who will be taking part in the event said: “I am excited to take part in it this year, as our bucs season is coming to an end, so to get more matches for our team is great. It will probably be our last match as a team together, so it will be so special playing the fixture at home, in front of a big crowd.”
On the day, events will be held at the rugby 1 pitch, Archers Arena, 3G football pitches, Astroturf, the swimming pool over in S block, Sports Hall. Morgan who also plays women’s Hockey for Cardiff Met said: “The event it’s self is growing every year, and 2019 will be our biggest yet, as we have had to limit numbers for crowd control in our designated fan zones. Having it here on Campus again will be special and we are hoping to create a buzz and fun atmosphere for students to enjoy the day and evening.”
If you are a spectator or competitor, save the date of Wednesday 3rd April 2019 and come to support the Archers in what is set to be an action-packed day, as Cardiff is set to turn Maroon.