Exeter University top ranked for sport

George Dawson
Authored by George Dawson
Posted Monday, July 25, 2016 - 7:26am

The University of Exeter has come fifth in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings for the 2015 / 2016 season—equalling its best ever overall achievement and beating its own record on points.

The University also finished the year as the top ranked institution in men’s hockey, men’s rugby and women’s tennis and both the men’s rugby and women’s indoor cricket team won their BUCS championships.

The BUCs table is the national yardstick against which university sport is measured and this academic year saw Exeter enter 108 teams from 50 clubs into the league programme.  It secured 554 wins with 405 defeats and 66 draws, making its win rate 54% and amassing 3,546 points– its largest ever number.

Athletic Union President Josh Callander said: “It is our strength and depth that continues to impress, with all 50 sports clubs improving both their offer and their performance year on year. Standouts this year are the performances of water polo, table tennis, squash and snooker and pool.”

The University also won gold medals in men’s water polo, men’s cricket, men’s hockey, women’s lacrosse, men’s lacrosse, men’s rugby and women’s tennis. In cycling Emma Cockcroft came first place in both the women’s elimination race and women’s points race, both Victor Ogbo and Catherine Holst won Gold in boxing, while Emma Howard and the Exeter women’s squad dominated snowsports and rowing respectively.

Director of Sport, Alison Davidson said: “To start the academic year as The Times and The Sunday Times Sports University of the Year and to end it with this fantastic result in the BUCS ranking is just amazing.  Our colleagues do a fantastic job in supporting our very talented students to excel at the highest level.”

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for Higher Education sport in the UK and its vision is to enhance the student experience through sport.

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