University of Plymouth Students’ Union has won the Varsity Championship for the fifth year in a row – beating the University of Mark and St John 22–14.
The annual sporting event between Plymouth’s universities took place throughout March, with 18 matches over 11 different disciplines hosting over 500 student athletes.
The championship was decided on the last day of the competition with 10 matches taking place in one day.
Varsity is the biggest student sporting event in the city, with thousands of students taking part and supporting.
The final event, football, took place at Home Park – the ground of University sporting partner, Plymouth Argyle FC.
Originating as a challenge between the University men’s rugby teams to raise money for charity, Varsity is steeped in history with years of competitions taking place in the city. Over the years, the sporting programme has grown to feature a wide range of sports played at both institutions.
Each year the event raises money for charity, with contributions through ticket sales and donations. This year UPSU chose to support HeartSWell, a South West charity committed to supporting heart patients, their partners and carers across the West Country.
Meanwhile the University of St Mark and St John chose the Wave Project, which helps young people to reduce anxiety and improve confidence through surfing.
Vice President of Sport at UPSU, Philippa Williams, said:
“Varsity is a great time of year, bringing excitement, tension and a sense of community to the University calendar, emphasising the importance behind our universities’ sporting teams. Varsity is an amazing event that brings together a range sports to raise money for charity while celebrating the achievements of athletes from both institutions. It was the second time I have played in Varsity for my Hockey team and it was great to win with my team and my University.”