July 2015

Your Sports Update


Dear ,

Welcome to our summer sports update. It has been another successful season for Sport at the University of Exeter. I am delighted to announce that we have finished in 6th position of 151 institutions in the 2014-15 BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport, formally BUSA & UAU) table. We have seen some remarkable performances this year from our teams and individual  students. Our Women’s Cricket team were crowned BUCS Indoor Champions, our Men’s Rugby 1st XV smashed Bath 41-0 in the Varsity fixture at Sandy Park and  graduating sports scholar Tom Abell signed a full time professional contract with Somerset CCC.  

We are extremely grateful to our alumni for your ongoing support. As ever, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries about sport at the University of Exeter. If you are ever in the area and want to take a look around the fantastic Sports Park facilities and reminisce about your time here please do let us know and we would be delighted to welcome you back. There are many ways that you can show your support  for Exeter Sport. We are also keen to hear from companies that wish to explore sponsorship opportunities.

Best wishes,

Alison Davidson 

Director of Sport

6th in BUCS! 

Exeter has finished in 6th position out of 151 institutions in the 2014-15 BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport, formally BUSA & UAU) table. This season Exeter teams won 21 BUCS Leagues  across 11 different sports. We are the number one ranked University nationally for Golf, Rugby Union and Men’s Hockey, second in Cricket and third in Sailing and Lacrosse. Our 50 sports clubs attracted a combined membership of over 6,500 students and almost 500 received support from our renowned High Performance Programme.


Women’s Henley and Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Women’s Regatta took place from 19 – 21 June. It was one of Exeter’s most successful campaigns, with more students competing  than ever before. More recently, over 100 alumni joined us for the annual alumni reception on Saturday 4 July at Henley Royal Regatta. After beating the University of Virginia by 1 length in The Prince Albert competition, Exeter lost to a competitor from closer to home in the shape of Durham University.  A full race report can be found on the Boat Club website


Jo Pavey joins the Exeter family

In the recent summer graduation ceremony, Jo Pavey, MBE, was given an Honorary degree from the University. Four time Olympian Pavey, who is originally from Devon, is one of Great Britain’s most successful distance runners, winning Gold in the 10,000m in the 2014 European Championships in Switzerland. Jo was also recently honoured with the Freedom of the City of Exeter in recognition of her achievements. We are delighted to welcome Jo to our alumni community.


Exeter Sailor Laser World Champion

Former Sailing Scholar Nick Thompson (Exercise & Sport Sciences 2008) has been crowned the Laser World Champion. Nick remained one of the top 5 competitors for the entire event, which took place in Kingston, Canada from 2 - 8 July, and went into the final day with a 20 point lead. He is now the first British Laser World Champion in six years. Having finished second and third in previous championships, a jubilant Nick commented “To finally win one, and the hardest event to win, is brilliant.”


Buzzing about his pro-am win!

High Performance Golf Coach Steve Buzza achieved his first South West Region professional-amateur win with a three-under-par 69 in the competition which took place at Carlyon Bay, Cornwall on 5 July. Buzza coaches the University Golf Club, and represented Clifton Hill Golf and Driving Range. Steve commented: “My tournament schedule is small this year but by trying to apply the behavioural aspects I've been doing with the High Performance team I felt great on the course and it was nice to get the win." 


Support Exeter Sport

As a leading UK sports institution, there are a wide variety of opportunities for both individuals and companies to support us and help nurture the next generation of international sportspeople and offer a fantastic sports experience for all Exeter students. Details of how you can get involved can be found in our brochure. Please do forward this brochure on to anyone you think might wish to join our success story. You can also support Exeter Sport through our online merchandise store