Varsity Day

The climax of our University sporting calendar between Buckinghamshire New University and the University of Roehampton. It’s a rivalry like no other. Varsity 2022 is right around the corner and whether you’re experiencing Varsity as an athlete or a spectator, it’s an event for all and certainly not a day you want to miss out on.

Varsity is an annual Bucks tradition that is in its ninth year which has stretched out into a longstanding, deep-rooted rivalry where the two universities go to war across different sports, putting everything on the line to come out victorious and lift the prestigious Roebuck trophy. With several fixtures set throughout the day, each game is worth one point and the winning team gets to rack the points up in order to take home the trophy for their University.

Varsity might be a one-day spectacle but we’re getting all geared up and ready to kick off on Monday 24 January with our Varsity Captain Hustings. Your potential Varsity Captains get the chance to talk to all of you and show you why they’re the best for the role. Think you might have what it takes to be a Varsity Captain? Then why not nominate yourself for one of our two positions.

On Friday 28 January we’re hosting our Varsity Launch event in The Lounge where we’ll be formally announcing who your Varsity Captains are going to be. Launch night is a fantastic way to kick off the Varsity sporting spirit as we premier this year’s Varsity hype video and the t-shirt and 2022 logo is revealed to everyone. Then the real fun begins as our clubs get stuck into training sessions, the captains get stuck into challenges and competitions, and good old Rusty Buck takes centre stage to get the campus buzzing.

On the day you can make it’s down to you whether you watch every fixture you can fit into the day or you pop along to your favourites. If you’re a Varsity player, you can watch other fixtures and support your fellow Bucks athletes before heading off to your fixture and bringing back another Varsity point. The day draws to a close in the evening as we all head out for the final fixture where Bucks Men’s Rugby take to the field at Marlow Rugby Club. The atmosphere is second to none and the support from students is truly amazing. No event brings us all together the way Varsity does and we just can’t wait to see you all there.

To make sure you can get in to all your fixtures, and take home your very own Varsity 2022 t-shirt, you need to buy your ticket before Friday 18 March. Tickets are non-transferable and only available to purchase through the Bucks Students’ Union website.


“Attending Varsity as a spectator in my first year is still one of my favourite memories from my three years at university. Throughout the whole day the atmosphere is amazing and even if you aren’t involved in a sport club or a society everyone feels part of the bucks family and there is no other feeling than seeing the rugby pitch be invaded once we had won with everyone chanting “we won varsity”. This year is going to be bigger and better and is not a day to miss.” – Megan, BNU Alumni

“Varsity is hands down the best experience whilst being at uni. Taking part in 3 different varsity days I’ve experienced both the high and lows that varsity can bring. From Losing at home in the final fixture on my birthday, which lead me to cry on the pitch. Right through to be a key member in the away win and the pitch invasion that followed. Even after leaving 2 years ago I will be not missing this day.’ – Danny, Bucks Men’s Rugby Alumni

“I was lucky enough to compete in all three Varsities whilst at Bucks, captaining BNU Netball during my second year. The overall day is probably one of the best days you’ll have at University, the support and engagement you get from other teams is unmatched compared to other Universities or

fixtures. Everyone says Bucks is a second family and this is the day that proves that, you can watch teams you don’t get the chance too throughout the year – interactive with students (competitive or supporters) that you wouldn’t usually do and then have those people at your games cheering you on.” – Seana, BNU Alumni