The season is nearly over with just a handful of fixtures and competitions left so it is the perfect time to look back at what we have achieved this year. All of you have worked hard to sign up a record number of Team Surrey members and achieve our most successful year, both in BUCS and in all other competitions. As it stands we have over 1800 members in our sports clubs and nearly 2000 students taking part in social sport which is an incredible increase. We have had huge success in non-BUCS competitions across all our clubs, although an important highlight is our Dance Squad who were awarded Most Successful Club in non-BUCS Competitions at Colours Ball- well done! In BUCS we have achieved our highest ever finish and our highest points total. With only cricket matches left to play, we are currently on 800.5 BUCS points putting us at 37th in the table. This is a fantastic achievement and is down to your hard work. Now some of my highlights from the year:
All the BUCS league winner plates earned by Team surrey this year!
Social Sports Tournaments-
This year has seen an absolute explosion in social sports tournaments, all of which were really well attended. At the start of the year we held our inter-halls tournament which saw a huge attendance across 3 sports. We had 28 teams taking part with over 200 students, which was a fantastic turn out! Following inter-halls we had the Christmas Fancy Dress Netball tournament. This was shortlisted for Student-Run event of the year and over 180 students across 18 teams took part. The spirit of the day was amazing and everyone got really involved, the winners in the end were the mighty Lovell's Lions as well! After Christmas we have enjoyed 3 more tournaments including Hockey, Canoe Polo and Touch Rugby all of which had over 50 competitors and were a real credit to their club. Our Team Surrey members have a great talent for organising events as well as reaching out to people new to their sport.
"Lovell's Lions"- Winners of the Christmas Netball Tournament 2013
This year's Varsity had over 2000 students present throughout and it was an incredible day! This year saw more sports than ever take place and thanks to the hard work of Union staff, SSP staff and student volunteers the day ran really well. We streamed the finale for the first time and had over 1000 students watching live either on their computers or in one of the bars we showed it in. As part of the finale we held the Men's Basketball game which we won after a great performance from Team Surrey and it was followed up by our first ever Tug of War win! We had some huge victories over Kingston and the final result was 61-13, a record result! Thank you to everyone who came along to make sure we are undefeated Varsity Champions for the 4th year in a row!
Surrey and Kingston Supporters watch on as Team Surrey Men's Basketball beat Kingston!
This year's event sold out in record time with over 500 students in attendance. It was a fantastic event and really showcased the success of Team Surrey this year. The level of commitment and achievement really shone through while reading the nominations. Those who attended I am sure had a great evening and it was thoroughly enjoyable celebrating the success of Team Surrey. Thank you very much to those of you who attended. Congratulations to everyone who won an award and anyone who received their Club, Half and Full colours. Some highlights in the awards included a 5 minute serenade from the Men's Football Club upon hearing that Steve Cottingham (Club General Secretary for 7 years) had been awarded with the Bob Anderson trophy for outstanding commitment over a number of years. Congratulations also to our club of the year- Trampoline! We are currently looking for a bigger venue for next year as the event keeps growing and we want Colours Ball to be bigger and better.
Surrey Dance Squad open the show at Colours Ball 2014
The inaugural event took place on 17th May and had 275 alumni registered to play across 19 fixtures in 13 different sports. The day went really well with positive feedback from all sides. Next year we are looking to expand with a number of other sports flagged to take part already. I am really hoping this can become a regular fixture in the sports calendar and build up links with Alumni that can benefit all of our clubs. This year the Alumni emerged victorious and I will be back as a graduate next year hoping to help them retain the cup!
Hockey Club and Alumni come together at the first ever "GradSport"
Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout the year, there are far too many names to mention but a couple of brief shout outs to Kara Nutley, Mark Garfoot, the Sports Exec committee, the Sabbatical and Union Exec teams and the rest of the staff at the Union and Surrey Sports Park. It has been a fantastic year for Team Surrey and I have been proud to have been your representative and hopefully you have been happy with the job I have done.