Durham was named Athletic University of the Year

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The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 has just released its rankings

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 awarded Durham Sports University of the Year after an excellent 2021-2022 sports season for Durham University.

The University also placed sixth overall in the Good University Guide, maintaining its place from last year and beating Exeter, Edinburgh, UCL and Bath, which was awarded University of the Year .

The Athletic University of the Year award is based on success in the British League of Sports Universities and Colleges (BUCS), where Durham came third overall for 2021-22, and first for producing professional sportspeople. With seven clubs whose sides finish the year as national champions, there’s no doubt that the Durham side take such pride in ‘bleeding the Palatinate’.

Women’s cricket, men’s rugby, men’s fencing, women’s futsal, men’s lacrosse, women’s rowing and women’s volleyball have all claimed their place at the top of their respective leagues, and The Tab Durham has interviewed with two of these teams to investigate the key to the sport of Durham. hit.

DUWCC crowned champion

Outgoing Durham University Women’s Cricket Club (DUWCC) captain Emily Naylor credits the University’s facilities at Maiden Castle for motivating her team. Throughout the year, the team trained in state-of-the-art ‘excellent’ indoor nets during the winter months, migrating to grass wickets during the summer.

“It was good that we were able to play at the racecourse for every home game this year, it showed that we are equal, and winning showed that we have the skills and the talent and that we should be taken at the game too. serious than the biggest BUCS teams.”

Although the team lacks the funds to afford a regular coaching staff, Naylor praises the support of Coach Mel, whose confidence, cricketing expertise and rallying presence during their last game were greatly appreciated. As one of Durham’s smaller clubs with just two full squads, DUWCC mostly self-trains and clearly does so with brilliant results.

Naylor says she is “incredibly proud of how hard we worked and how we came together at the end to show what we could do.”

DURFC after winning the BUCS Super League

The Tab Durham also spoke to one of Durham’s biggest clubs, Durham University Rugby Football Club (DURFC), who praise the “fantastic work of the coaches” for their two BUCS Super Rugby League victories on the trot.

While the “tireless work [of the coaches] behind the scenes pushed players to new levels” on the pitch, “the work off the pitch by the committee to raise over £40,000 for charity was something bigger than rugby itself, and was a huge testament to the hard work of the club at large. and support from the community of Durham”.

With the loyal support of their peers and showing ‘genuine resilience and overcoming all adversity’, DURFC broke BUCS’ points record with 79 points in total, comfortably ahead of second-placed Exeter’s 73 of the season.

DURFC say they “look forward to the season ahead as we look to build on what was achieved last year”.

Other clubs on the Durham team placing in the top ten nationally include: Women’s Hockey, Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Tennis, Women’s Water Polo and Wheelchair Basketball.

From the biggest to the smallest clubs, Durham clearly promotes sporting excellence at all levels.

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