BU varsity student successes celebrated at the 2014 Sports Ball

Posted on Thursday, May 22 2014

BU varsity students’ achievements were celebrated at the annual Sports Ball last week.

300 athletes went along to celebrate the achievements of all the teams and individuals who have represented BU over the past year. This year over 50 students were recognised for their contribution to BU Varsity Sports, and were awarded their University Colours, Individual and Team awards by special guest, Sarah Hunter, England Women’s Rugby Captain.

BU Varsity Sports offer students the opportunity to compete in over 40 team sports as part of the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) competition, which includes more than 144 universities in the UK. BU was ranked 34th out of 146 institutions in the 2012/13 league, and thanks to the efforts of teams such as men’s volleyball, women’s hockey and men’s football, BU is currently holding the 30th spot in the 2013/14 league.

Individual prizes were also awarded to several students and teams:

sports-ball-team-of-the-yearThe Men’s Volleyball team won the ‘Team of the Year’ award following a phenomenal season for both their first and second teams. Their successes include winning the Volleyball England Student Cup and the Beach Cup, as well as coming third in the National Cup final, and have put BU in 2nd place of the UK National Volleyball rankings.

sports-ball-jessie-dean‘Sportswoman of the Year’ went to Jessie Dean for her dedication, attitude and skill on the pitch that secured the Women’s Hockey Team their most successful season in nine years.


sports-ball-philip-smith‘Sportsman of the Year’ went to Philip Smith for his unwavering commitment and hard work which earned him a place representing Great Britain in both indoor and outdoor volleyball.



Other winners of the 2014 sports ball include:

  • Dedicated Athlete – Leigh Baker
  • Coach of the Year – Steve Cuss and Dan Neville
  • Most Improved team of the Year – Women’s Hockey
  • Team Performance of the Year – Women’s Hockey
  • Strength and Conditioning Team of the Year – Men’s Lacrosse


Find out more about BU Varsity Sports.