Many of our past members best memories of University will be within the sports club or mutual interest society that they joined or even formed.  Some of those friendships will have lasted forever and some of those activities undertaken at University have become a part of their lives. The Union supports all of these clubs and societies financially and logistically directly impacting on 5861 individual members this year. 

5217 members are part of at least one Sports Club or Society

With 5217 members engaging with the programmes, clubs and societies supported by Student Activities, over one third of all Union members are making the most of the opportunities available to them; enhancing their student experience whilst studying at Brunel, and developing crucial skills for their future. 

541 Sports Fixtures

53 teams entered into the BUCS league programme this season, competing at a national and regional level, on a weekly basis. This year we won 217 matches and Brunel finished 39th overall, out of 151 universities.

Club members of all abilities have enjoyed access to top class facilities this season, with fixtures and training regularly held on facilities that include a world class rugby pitch (a Rugby World Cup 2015 approved team training base), an indoor athletics track used by England Athletics, and a Netball Hall that hosts an England Netball Performance Programme.

 

High Performance

This season we had 3 teams competing at the highest possible level within University Sport, the BUCS Premier League. These teams were; Futsal, Netball and Basketball.

Our Futsal club won the BUCS Premier League and reached the final of the knockout cup competition. The final took place at St George’s Park, where the team narrowly missed out on defending last season’s double, losing to Brighton on a penalty shootout after extra time. Never the less, their fantastic season was recognised on a national scale, by the fact that they were nominated for the 2014-2015 BUCS Team of the Year, where they were shortlisted to the final 3 (out of the 4800 teams the competed in BUCS this season).

Athletics were successful at the Indoor and Outdoor BUCS Championships this year, with David Hall’s performance in the 400m Indoors being the real talking point of the season, he took the gold, and in doing so broke the BUCS 400m record. At the BUCS Outdoors, Brunel won five Gold medals, one silver and four bronze medals, finishing 2nd in the women’s team event, and 4th in the men’s. The club finished 5th in the overall Athletics points table.

 

International Recognition

Following the Futsal teams success, they have been selected to represent GB universities at the European University Sport Association (EUSA) Championships, in Poznan, Poland, in August, where they will be competing against the top university teams from across Europe, in a bid to be crowned European Champions.

300 members attended the Sports Federation Ball

300 members attended the Sports Federation Ball, a 3 course black tie event, to celebrate the sporting achievements of our clubs this season. The big winners of the night were Netball, who won Club of the Year for their fantastic contribution to all aspects of union life, including organising community coaching sessions for local school children, and a high profile charity fundraiser. Other winners were Futsal who took the Team of the Year prize, and Hockey who won the award for Membership Engagement.

High performing individuals were also rewarded with the Athletics club’s David Hall winning Sportsman of the Year, and Netball’s Georgia Lees taking the Sportswomen title. Both deserved winners having achieved success on the national circuit, and also whilst representing their clubs in the top tier of BUCS competitions.

One World Week Logo

One World Week celebrates the diversity of cultures, nationalities and people represented across Brunel University. Concentrating on our value of equality, the emphasis of this week’s celebrations is always on being able to recognise and understand the differences between us all and not allow them to become agents for hate or intolerance. This year students from Whitehall School and Colham Manor joined us for the day to celebrate.

 

£23000 raised by RAG

RAG raised £23000 via a year long programme of events, ranging from a line of coins, to a sponsored duck race on campus in the River Pinn. They also hosted a dodgeball tournament and Brunel’s got talent. The varied nature of the programme meant that it appealed to a broad range of students, and also enabled clubs and societies to encourage their members to engage with the fundraising activity.

80 students volunteered as contacts for Freshers' Week 2014.

That's approximately 2,640 voluntary hours in just one week. This scheme is one of our vital activities in welcoming and initiating new members to the Union and the University. Without these volunteering hours many of our new members would not be able to find out or access information on activities or services we provide in their first week. Our volunteers provide that access and make sure that our members can start enjoying every aspect of university life from the moment they arrive.

"As a new student joining this year, not only did I have a chance  to experience a much easier environment to meet new people but I also gained a much better idea as to how the University functions from the more experienced members in the club.

Within the sports club I was able to pursue a greater level of fitness, and develop a skill in a sport which I had never tried before, whilst also being able to utilise Sports Facilities such as the IAC through the Performance Sports Scheme. Overall joining a Sports club has enhanced my University Experience throughout and I would highly recommend anyone to do so."  

Connor McCabe
Rowing 1st year

The Brunel Ducks are back after over 20 years! The Ducks are a National League Basketball team relaunched this year by the Students' Union and the Basketball team coaches. The squad is made up of 50% students and 50% external players, providing the students with an opportunity to compete at a high level, whilst increasing the link between the Union and the local community.

The Ducks had a successful first season, winning the Division 4 South East league and gaining promotion. The team also embarked on a tour of the USA where they tested their skills against NCAA colleges, and experienced the student basketball programmes on offer in another country.  The Ducks and Union will be hosting Florida Tech this summer, the highlight of which will be a round robin tournament involving Florida Tech, Brunel Ducks and 2 other National League competitors.

The club has a strong presence within the community, a link which is supported by the Junior Ducks basketball programme which provides coaching for local children at the Sport Centre at the weekend. The sessions are run by the Duck’s Head Coach, and many of the Junior Ducks and their friends and family attend the senior team’s fixtures in the evening.

If you want to find out more about the Ducks' history, click here.

Societies and Media Awards

The inaugural Society and Media Awards Dinner took place this year, hosted by the Media Chair and Societies Guild Chair, in the Newton Rooms on campus. The event was established to celebrate the achievements of our Societies and Student Media groups, and was well received, with the packed house, enjoying a black tie dinner and live performances from the Comedy and Musical Theatre societies. The big winners were Photography, who took the Society of the Year award, and Victoria Sanusi who was crowned Student Media Person of the Year. The event was a great success and a celebration of the hard work of all the societies and media groups throughout the year.

 

In its 7th year, Varsity was the biggest sporting event of the season, with over 300 athletes competing across 22 fixtures. The event encompassed the entire campus with badminton fixtures taking place in the Sports Centre, Weightlifting in the Indoor Athletics Centre, and Athletics out on the track.

From the moment the first shuttle was served at 9am, the campus was alive with anticipation, as hundreds of spectators donned their foam fingers and war paint, planning their day around supporting their sports teams, before the all crucial trophy presentation at 7pm.

The day was made an even greater success by the closeness of the competition, with the overall score tied going into the final 3 showcase fixtures; football, rugby union and basketball. The stands were packed, and the climax didn’t disappoint, with our Football Club scoring a 90th minute winner to take the game, and secure the trophy for Brunel.

As well as being a fantastic sporting spectacle that engaged the whole campus, hosting varsity this year has also provided invaluable volunteer opportunities for students, with 32 students signing up as Varsity Makers, gaining volunteer hours and developing both event specific, and transferable skills. A large team of media volunteers were also engaged, covering the event across a variety of different digital platforms.

203 members took part in Intramural Sport

2014-2015 saw the launch of the Intramural programme, the programme ran across 4 sports; Netball, Football, Badminton and Basketball. The cost was free to all Sports Federation members and it provided students with the opportunity to take part in weekly competitive fixtures without the commitment of regular training. With over 200 people taking part in the programme in 2014-2015, plans have been put in place to further develop the programme next year.

118 members went on Tour

In April, 118 students from 15 different men’s and women’s sports clubs, travelled to Salou, Spain for 5 days of sporting activity against other UK institutions. A 24 hour coach ride, and plenty of free time in the evenings, enabled the clubs to develop an even greater level of team spirit, and success was even had on the field, with the Women’s Basketball Club winning their competition and adding another trophy to the cabinet.

"Being involved in a Brunel sports club has been fantastic for my own personal development as well as allowing me to have some awesome experiences. It has enabled me to meet like-minded people and enjoy the sport I love; snowboarding. My proficiency as a snowboarder has increased as such. Over the past year, being involved in the committee of Brunel Snow Club has helped me to further develop skills such as teamwork, management, organisation and time keeping. Being exposed to all areas of the running of the club has been an excellent opportunity, for both the experience and skills gained, as well as the rewards and benefits that it brings. I am certainly looking forward to continuing my involvement in the coming year."

Adam White
Brunel Snow Club – Chair

Student Media

There are 3 forms of Student Media; Le Nurb (newspaper), Radio Brunel and Video Brunel.

This year Radio Brunel ran an extensive and diverse weekly programme including favourites such as; The Weekly Discussion, Monday Night Rocks and Academic Brunel.

Video Brunel produced high quality video coverage of major campus events throughout the year, including Varsity and Fresher’s Fayre, showcasing the activity on campus in an informative but visually engaging manner. All Video Brunel videos are available to watch on their YouTube channel, and their popularity is shown by the fact that the Varsity highlights reel has had over 1750 views.

The success of our Student Media, and their high quality end product, is demonstrated by the fact that our media team were nominated for 3 national, Student Publication Association, awards; Best Publication, Best Design (Newspaper) and Best Use of Digital Media).