Alumni Sports Newsletter - November 2014


 University of Exeter Rugby Team, 1906


Dear ,

I am delighted to be able to welcome you to our Autumn Term sports update and my first update to you as Director of Sport.  I have recently joined the University and am impressed at the commitment of all our athletes and am pleased to see the increase in participation here at the University.  This will remain a key priority for us moving forwards alongside achieving a top 5 BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport, formally BUSA & UAU) position.  Sports participation is at an all-time high, with over 7200 members of the Athletic Union and over 3400 participants in our intra-mural programme.  This is a great start and we wish to maintain the momentum. Over the next few months we will be defining more clearly our strategy to increase participation, student experience of sport and physical activity and maintain an outstanding reputation for excellence in sport.


We are extremely grateful to all of our alumni for their ongoing support. 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 Russel Seal Fitness Centre please do let us know and we would be pleased to welcome you back.


Alison Davidson

Best wishes,

Alison Davies

Alison Davidson
Director of Sport

3rd in BUCS

At the time of writing we currently sit in 3rd position out of 148 institutions in the 2014-15 BUCS rankings. Exeter is ranked in first position in Rugby Union, Hockey and Golf, with Sailing, Tennis and Surfing ranked in second position at present. With 77 teams representing the University on a regular basis across a variety of sports, as well as individual entrants in one-off competitions throughout the year, we are hopeful of achieving another top five finish, with plenty of fixtures still to be played.


 Exeter sailing to success in Abu Dhabi

Current Sports Scholar Kirstie Urwin and a number of Exeter alumni will be taking to the water in Abu Dhabi to represent Great Britain in the ISAF World Cup Final. Kirstie will sail in the 49erFX class from 26-30 November. Four-time World Champion Nick Thompson (Exercise and Sports Sciences 2008) will compete in the Laser Category, Sophie Weguelin (Exercise and Sports Sciences 2010) is in the women’s 470 class. Nicola Groves (Human Biosciences 2010) and Andrew Walsh (Exercise and Sports Sciences 2003) are competing in the Nacra 17 class. Former student Izzy Hamilton will represent GB in windsurfing. You can follow all the action on ISAF World Cup website.

  Kirstie Urwin on the water training

One year on: The Russell Seal Fitness Centre

The Russell Seal Fitness Centre at the Sports Park on the Streatham Campus has now been open for just over a year. The transformation of Health and Fitness provision has been remarkable and the benefits keenly explored by the student and staff population, as well as the public. The Sports Office is experiencing it’s highest membership levels and gym usage ever. Usage of the gym facilities has increased by over 500 visits per week. This years Fresher's week saw a 94% increase compared to the same time two years ago, and a 11% increase on last year. More information on facilities, bookings and exclusive alumni membership discount please visit the Exeter Sport website

  Russell Seal Fitness Centre

Signed Nike Method Putters up for grabs

Two top of the range Nike Method Putters are up for auction, kindly donated by alumna Jo Binding (Psychology 2000). Both have Manchester City badged head covers. One is signed by Argentinian international, two time Premier league Champion and Olympic Gold Medallist Pablo Zabaleta (pictured right) and the other by Brazilian international midfielder Fernandinho. Proceeds from this auction will be used to support the student Golf Programme. For more information and to place your single sealed bid please email Emma Taylor on stating which signed putter you are bidding for and your maximum bid. The highest bid for each putter will be the winner. Both items have a reserve price which must be met and bidding closes on December 12. 


University to host Tonga at 2015 Rugby World Cup

The University of Exeter has been announced as the official team base for Tonga during the England 2015 Rugby World Cup. This gives the University the opportunity to be part of the world’s third largest sporting event. University of Exeter Assistant Director of Sport Neil Sheppard commented: “We are delighted to be part of such an important sporting event, and are very much looking forward to hosting Tonga. It is fantastic that the World Cup is coming to Exeter and gives us an opportunity to showcase the City and University”. The University is currently ranked in first position for Rugby Union in the 2014-15 BUCS rankings. 


 Support Exeter Sport

As a leading UK sports institution, there 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 who you think might wish to join our success story. You can also support Exeter Sport through with our online merchandise store, the perfect place for a gift this Christmas.  



10 December: Swimming Club Christmas Dinner
The Imperial, New North Road, Exeter

18 December: Hockey Club Alumni Christmas Lunch
Old Dr Butler's Head, Moorgate, London

28 February: Inaugural Badminton Masters alumni tournament
Sports Park, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter