BUCS British Student Korfball

Official Inter-University Competitions

BUCS (British Universities & College Sport) is the pinnacle of sporting achievement in the world of higher education, with teams up and down the whole of Britain battling to earn points for their university. Many university unions allocate funding based on BUCS results, so the competition is fierce. Three of the eight universities within Wales currently have korfball clubs which compete in BUCS: Aberystwyth University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Cardiff University. This year was the first time that Aber and Met entered BUCS, representing a huge leap for the sport in Wales.

The BSKA (British Student Korfball Association) has organised National Championships since 1991, the year Cardiff University was founded. As student korfball spread, they introduced a qualifying round which split North and South; this was closely followed by Club Championships for teams which did not qualify for the main event. The start of the 2014 season saw the biggest shake-up in the history of student korfball, with the introduction of three National BUCS events, four Regional qualifiers, and eight Preliminaries.

Club Championships and Southerns only existed prior to the 2014/15 season; whereas National Trophy (Tier 2) & Shield (Tier 3), plus the qualifying rounds of Regionals and Preliminaries, were introduced from then onward. The history of Welsh teams at BUCS & BSKA events is shown below:

Competition Gold Silver Bronze
BUCS National Championships 2000/01 1996/97; 2014/15
BUCS National Trophy
BUCS National Shield 2014/15*
BUCS Regionals 2014/15 2015/16
BUCS Preliminaries 2015/16 2014/15; 2016/17
BSKA Club Championships 2007/08*
BSKA Southerns 1999/00; 2000/01; 2001/02; 2002/03; 2010/11 1997/98; 1998/99; 2008/09; 2011/12

*Achieved by Cardiff University 2

Competition Gold Silver Bronze
BUCS National Championships
BUCS National Trophy
BUCS National Shield
BUCS Regionals
BUCS Preliminaries 2016/17
Competition Gold Silver Bronze
BUCS National Championships
BUCS National Trophy
BUCS National Shield
BUCS Regionals
BUCS Preliminaries

Records

Highest BUCS Finish:
Cardiff University 1 – National Champions (2001)
Cardiff University 2 – 9th at National Trophy, 25th overall (2016)
Cardiff Metropolitan University 1 – 15th at National Trophy, 31st overall (2017)
Aberystwyth University 1 – 9th at National Shield, 45th overall (2017)
Cardiff University 3 – 11th at National Shield, 47th overall (2017)
Cardiff University 4 – DNF

BSKA Events Prior to 2014:
Cardiff University 2 – 2nd at Club Championships, 18th nationwide (2008)

Debut BUCS entry:
Cardiff University 1 – 1991
Cardiff University 2 – 2014
Aberystwyth University 1 – 2016
Cardiff Metropolitan University 1 – 2016
Cardiff University 3 – 2016
Cardiff University 4 – 2016