It has been a painfully long summer of waiting, but on Wednesday, #TeamDMU will begin the new British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) campaign hoping to create yet more sporting history.
Sports clubs at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) are raring to go as they look to build on their unprecedented ten-place rise in the university sports rankings secured last season.
With a record number of #TeamDMU sides entered into BUCS league and cup competitions, 43 in total, history has already been made and there is confidence it will be another historic season on the field too.
Twenty-one clubs will begin their campaigns on home soil in a fixture list full of huge clashes between local rivals. #TeamDMU will be hoping they can make their home advantage count.
Last season, #TeamDMU clinched five league titles, plus an historic cup win for Men’s Rugby First XV on top of the closest Varsity result in its history.
Eleanor Davison, Chair of DMU’s Women’s Lacrosse team said: "DMU Lacrosse, both men's and women's, have been preparing for the upcoming BUCS season for over a month, working with the Strength and Conditioning team to increase our training times and intensity to prepare us for the challenges ahead.
“We hope that this extra training and commitment will help us place in our league and destroy UoL at Varsity.”
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For the first time ever, sports clubs at DMU have a uniform identity and just last week; a new kit was launched, which will be worn for the first time on Wednesday.
Kicking things off on Wednesday afternoon are our #TeamDMU Badminton sides who take to the court at the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre at 1pm.
The QEII will become the main event as the afternoon progresses with Netball 4th, 3rd and 1st team all in action, ahead of Men’s Volleyball 1st and Men’s Basketball 2nd taking to the court at 7pm.
Meanwhile, it is an action packed schedule at Beaumont Park with Men’s Football 1st v Men’s Football 3rd the highlight, who this season pit their wits against each other in BUCS Midlands Division 4B. Kick-off is at 5pm.
Also in action at 5pm are Women’s Football 1st will also be hoping to avenge their Varsity 2016 defeat, as they face Leicester 1st in an opening day derby.
On the road, last season’s Conference Plate winning Men’s Rugby 1st will face Oxford Brookes 1st.
Women’s Basketball 1st face Lincoln 1st, Mixed Golf 1st travel to Warwick and Women’s Volleyball face Cranfield 1st.
There is also a debut BUCS fixture for Men’s Table Tennis 1st at Northampton.
View the full set of BUCS Week 1 fixtures here.
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Posted on Monday 9th October 2017