The BUCS fixture programme is the most prestigious competition Solent University enters. There are five conferences: Western, Midlands, Northern, Scotland and South Eastern.
BUCS organises the National Championships in March, called the BUCS Nationals. The event has been hosted in Sheffield and Leeds in recent years. In 2013 nearly 6,000 student athletes competed across 12 sports over five days, with 145 national titles up for grabs.
How is the season planned?
The format of your season depends on your sport and what tier you play in. However, most teams will be involved in a regular league season, with weekly fixtures on a Wednesday afternoon.
For teams playing in Tier 1 (Southern Premier or Division 1 without an integrated cup competition), the league season will run from October until the beginning of February. The season will carry on into the important knockout stages, when teams will attempt to qualify for the BUCS National Championships. The further teams progress in this competition, the more points they get for the University in the overall BUCS university table (points are usually awarded from the quarter-finals stage).
For teams playing in Tier 2 or below, the league season will run from October until the end of March, and clubs will also play in the BUCS Conference Cup.;
BUCS offers three cup/knockout tournaments alongside league competitions. These are:
- BUCS First Team Championship (for teams in Premier Division or Tier 1)
- BUCS Trophy (for teams in Premier Division or Tier 1)
- BUCS Conference Cup (for Conference teams in Tier 2 or below).
Solent's BUCS successes
2018 - Mahamed Muhamed (3,000m indoor) - gold medal
2018 - Team Solent Kestrels (Basketball) - BUCS Premier South first place
2018 - Terry Krubu (Team Solent Boxing) - BUCS gold medal, novice category
2018 - Team Solent Men's Football - BUCS Western 6A League winner
2018 - Team Solent Sailing - BUCS Yachting Champions
2018 - Team Solent Sailing - BUCS Team Racing finalists
2017 - Solent University BUCs Most Improved University - BUCS National Awards
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2017 - Team Solent Redhawks (American Football) - BUCS 1A third place
2017 - Team Solent Kestrels (Basketball) - BUCS Premier South second place
2017 - Team Solent Kestrels (Basketball) - BUCS 3A league winners
2017 - Team Solent Kestrels (Basketball) - BUCS Conference Cup second place
2017 - Team Solent Netball - BUCS Western 5A League winners
2017 - Team Solent Netball - BUCS Western Conference place winners