Published on 4th December 2020 at 10:00.
Four universities on the south coast have joined forces to offer an exciting new competition in a response to the global pandemic. Brighton, Chichester, Portsmouth and Sussex are launching the South Coast Cup. The competition aims to provide competitive sporting fixtures throughout February and March 2021. The Cup comes in response to students wanting competitive sport and universities looking to reduce risk and logistical issues given the current pandemic.
Activities Manager Sarah Hall from the University of Sussex Students’ Union said ‘It is amazing to see the South Coast Universities and Unions pulling together to put on a sports program in these difficult times. We at Sussex are really excited to be collaborating with other local Universities on this exciting project and give students the opportunity to compete and represent their University and bring some normality back into everyone's lives.’
The Cup is a temporary solution with all universities taking a break from British University (BUCS) competition in sports that normally take place across the four institutions. There is also scope for the universities to offer one off tournaments in sports that would normally attend national competitions.
Leagues across twelve sports are due to be announced in the new year. As well as teams competing in leagues, the universities will be competing for the overall South Coast Cup title as a points system will determine the overall winning university at the end of the competition.
Annie O’Connor the University of Sussex Students’ Union Sports, Societies & Events Officer commented ‘There’s been some amazing collaborative work between staff at different Student Unions’ to get a South Coast League up and running for our clubs. This is hugely exciting and I’m sure will make for a fun start to next term! It’s great to be able to offer something competitive to our teams again who have worked so hard this year to make sport safe!’