Alumni Sports Newsletter - July 2014


 University of Exeter Rugby Team, 1906

Dear ,

Welcome to our summer sports update. It has been another successful season for Sport at the University of Exeter. I am pleased to announce that we have finished in 6th position in the 2013-14 BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport, formerly BUSA & UAU) table. Phil Attwell received the highly coveted Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Sport Award at the annual BUCS Awards Dinner held in Swansea in early July. This was well timed for Phil, who has now left his position as Director of Sport to become the new Director of Campus Services at the University. 

In other news, The Vic Ambler University of Exeter Golf Centre and the newly refurbished Cornwall House Outdoor Pool are now open to the public and proving very popular. Furthermore, The Athlete Development Centre is set to be completed at the end of July, in time for University pre-season training for the 450 plus Sports Scholars and High Performance Athletes it supports. 

We are extremely grateful to all of our alumni for their ongoing support. As ever, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries about sport at the University of Exeter. Likewise, if you're ever in the area and want to take a look around the fantastic new sports facilities please do let us know and we would be delighted to welcome you back.


Best wishes,


Nick Beasant 
Acting Director of Sport

 6th in BUCS rankings

We are delighted to have finished in 6th position out of 174 institutions in the 2013-14 BUCS rankings. Our leading sports rankings this year include Rugby Union (2nd), Sailing (2nd), Cricket (2nd), Hockey (3rd), Golf (3rd), Lacrosse (4th) and Tennis (5th). This season’s standout performances include the Women’s Rugby taking gold in the BUCS Rugby Sevens Championships, Men’s Cricket winning the Indoor Cricket Championships and the Rugby 1st year squad winning the BUCS Trophy. Exeter's Men’s and Women’s Cricket 1st teams both reached their respective BUCS Championship Finals and our sailors also achieved a number of medals in their BUCS events.


 International stage

A number of current University of Exeter students and alumni will be competing in Glasgow later this month at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Current Scholar Luke Treharne will represent Wales in the Rugby Sevens squad. Alumna Sian Honnor (nee Gordon) (English, 2009) has been selected to represent England in Lawn Bowls. Former Scholars Hannah Pugsley (Exercise and Sports Science, 2013) and Peter Swainson (History, 2005) will also be competing. Hannah has been selected to represent England in shooting. Peter is joined by current EUMHC national league player Nick Rees to represent Wales in Men’s Hockey. The 2014 World University Rugby Sevens Championships will be held in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil from 8th August. Current Scholars Tom Dowding and Sam Blanchet have been selected for GB Sevens, with Rob Coote on stand-by.


 Golden glory at Henley

The University of Exeter’s female rowers continued their success this season with gold medals at the Henley Women's Regatta. The Academic Coxed Four and the Elite Lightweight Pair reached the finals and took gold respectively. Pippa Burnham also flew the Exeter flag, rowing for the Great Britain Development Squad, reaching the finals in the Elite Fours and winning gold in the Elite Eights. On the men’s side, Exeter qualified two boats to race at Henley. Exeter Alumni Sam Barnes (Economics, 2009) and Luke Wootton (Exercise and Sports Science, 2008) won gold at in The Britannia Challenge Cup for the Upper Thames crew. 


Exeter Chiefs pre-season on campus

With Sandy Park currently a building site as contractors extend the capacity and lay a new pitch, the players are using University facilities for pre-season training. Head coach Rob Baxter says the University facilities are up to Premiership standard and they have quickly made it a home from home. The University of Exeter and the Exeter Chiefs have a history of working together, and many current and former student players have competed for the Aviva Premiership club. University Director of Rugby Keith Fleming said: “We are delighted to be able to help the Chiefs during their pre-season preparation. We’ve always held a close relationship with the club, which has created some excellent rugby players and benefitted both clubs.”


 Support Exeter Sport

As a leading UK sports institution, we are able to offer a wide variety of opportunities for both individuals and companies to support us. While nurturing the next generation of international sportspeople, we are also proud to continue to offer a fantastic sports experience for all Exeter students. Details of how you can get involved can be found in our Support Exeter Sport brochure. Please do forward this brochure on to anyone who you think might wish to join our success story.

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