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Your Student A Hi guys! I’m Jack Legon, your new VP Student Activities. At my time in reading I have been on a JCR, have been a sports scholar, have regularly competed in BUCS, have been president of the kickboxing club and have been on several other committees also. So I know how you all feel! This year I have a lot of plans to hopefully increase the experience for you all. With it being the Olympics coming up we are pushing a big Olympic initiative called ‘Be a Champion’ and we are looking for three student ambassadors to help run the scheme. However, this is not just about sport! Sport plays a big role in the Olympics but there is so much more to it, our three student ambassadors will fill the roles of sport, sustainability and arts and culture, so get in touch to find out more. On top of this we are hosting a sport relief mile on the 25th March (keep ears peeled for more details) and we have the ‘give it a go’ scheme running again to open up all our clubs helping them to show what they have to offer! There’s also a cheeky £100 for every club that gets involved with that! This is just a taste of the year, much more to unveil as the term progresses. Get in contact with me if you have any questions or ideas! Jack

Jack Legon

Email: vp.studentactivities@rusu.co.uk

VP student activities

Mobile: 0798 069 7088

Phone: 0118 378 4136


Activities Team Adam Bailey

John O’Brien

Trish Tassell

Student Activities Manager

Sports Development Coordinator

Finance Administrator

I’m the Student Activities

My role is to help support

Trish is our Finance guru

Manager and have worked

all clubs develop through

who helps out all the clubs

at RUSU since May 2005. My

coaching, funding and

with petty cash claims,

main responsibilities are to

promoting events and

entering invoices for

manage the Activities team,

fixtures.

payments for such things

the lovely bunch of people

as kits, equipment and

on this page with me and

I work with RU:ON Sports

coaching she also takes all

to look after the student

TV show to try and get

clubs deposits

media and volunteering.

every club featured,

My other roles include

whether it be matches,

Trish is also very good

monitoring all events run

training or an interview so

at haggling with coach

by clubs and setting the

if you have a big event get

companies to gain the best

Activities budgets. Unless

in touch.

price for clubs and has built

you get into trouble or you

up some good links with

probably won’t need to see

I also run the coaching in

local companies so feel free

me much throughout the

the community programme

to use her contacts and

year. But if you can’t get

and we are looking for

skills.

hold of John, Jack or Trish

new coaches to help local

I’m happy to help.

primary school children.

All of us are based in The Hub, RUSU.

Nigel Knight

Nigel is the new mascot for the Knights! Find him on

Official Mascot

campus to see us. Just search for Nigel Knight.

Facebook if you have any questions and can’t get on to


Under the Reading Knights banner we are creating more pride around campus about the sporting success of our teams and increasing the media coverage on campus. We are also developing our events such as Varsity (which this year is against a stronger sporting university Oxford Brookes) and programmes we offer to make the University of Reading the best for sport.

Reading achieve the aim of being a top 25 university in BUCS and regarded as the Best University for Sport in the South East. We are linking up with local sports clubs to improve the standard of coaching we receive. These include Reading Rockets Basketball club, Reading Hockey Club, Reading Wildcats Lacrosse Club and Redingensians Rugby Club.

We have set each club and teams targets to help

We are also working with many more National

Governing bodies including England Netball, England Squash and Racquetball, The Lawn Tennis Association, Berks and Bucks FA and The Rugby Football League amongst many others. Throughout the year you will see brand new events and merchandise to develop the Knights brand. Don’t forget to join our Facebook group ‘Reading University Knights’

The Reading University Knights or Knights for short is the brand new name of all the sports teams at the university and ushers in an exciting new era for sport at Reading.


You will be forever hearing the word BUCS around campus and from you fellow sports club members, so we thought we would give you a break down of what BUCS actually is.

What is BUCS? BUCS stands for British Universities and Colleges Sport and is the national body of student sport.

How does it work?

BUCS features around 146

Where you finish in leagues,

universities and colleges which

cups, individual competitions

compete in 48 sports.

and the level that you are competing at depends on the

Our aims for this year

Each university is awarded

number of points that Reading

points on how well they do in

gain, for example our Men’s

1.

Top 25 finish

their leagues, cups, regattas

Rugby 1 team won the South

and individual championships

Eastern 1a league and received

2.

Achieve over 1000 points

with the majority of BUCS

26 points but our Men’s Squash

competitions being played on

3rd team also won their league

3.

a Wednesday afternoon.

and received only 10 points as

Beat Portsmouth, who are currently ranked 1st in the South Eastern Conference excluding London universities

st

they were in the south Eastern However, several events are

3a League

on a weekend or based over a couple of days during the year

The BUCS website also hosts a

including the BUCS Outdoor

complete points breakdown for

Athletics Championships which

the past academic year.

this year is being held as the test event for the London 2012 Olympic stadium in East London.


Reading’s history in BUCS

Most improved university in 2010

Year

Position

Points

2010/2011

31st

840

2009/2010

28th

965

2008/2009

44th

576.5

2007/2008

26th

862

2006/2007

27th

763

2005/2006

29th

237.5

2004/2005

31st

235.5

2003/2004

47th

146.5

2002/2003

25th

316

Reading Sports Competing In BUCS Boat

Football Women’s

Jitsu

Squash

Pool

Judo

Riding

Tennis

Korfball

Hockey Men’s

Football Men’s

Mountain Biking

Volleyball

Badminton

Pistol and Rifle

Rugby Union Men’s

Rugby Union Women’s

Sailing

Cricket

Netball

Snowsports

Golf Men’s

Archery

Surf

Lacrosse Men’s

Athletics

Swimming

Basketball Men’s

Boxing

Trampolining

Hockey Women’s

Canoe

Ultimate

Fencing Men’s

Clay Pigeon


Review of the Year Last year Reading slipped down to 31st from 28th in

the BUCS tables. This was mainly due to a poor cup run. It wasn’t all doom and gloom, several teams excelled including the three new teams entered into BUCS.

Some other success stories include the Rugby Union

Lacrosse Men’s 1 Team

Club who dominated many

enjoyed a successful debut

matches by winning by over

But once again the best

season finishing second in

50 points, the 1st Team is

performance came from

their league and gaining

now in the BUCS Premier

our Boat Club especially

promotion plus reaching the

South B and are aiming

the women’s section who

Conference Cup final.

on at least staying there.

dominated at every BUCS

The 2nd and 3rd Teams

event they competed

Squash Men’s 3rd Team went

only narrowly missed out

in. The Club achieved so

one better than Lacrosse

on their well deserved

much that four crews were

by winning their league and

promotions by the tricky

selected to represent Great

setting up a grudge match

tactics Portsmouth and

Britain in the European

this season with the Men’s

Chichester Universities.

University Games and I’m

st

pleased to announce that

2 Team. nd

One club that turned things

all four came home with

Our best new team by

around were the Women’s

a medal. Keep watching

far were the Riding Team

Football Club, who were

Sports TV as they will be

who reached the National

nonexistent at the end of

interviewing some of the

Championship final and

the 2009/10 season. A great

medallists very soon.

narrowly finished 2nd but

committee have led this

had the top rider in the

club around and they now

Last year was good but

country.

have two teams.

let’s make this year great!


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Sport

Points

Position

Boat

310

1st

Squash

69

2nd

Riding

55

3rd

Hockey Men’s

44

4th

Volleyball

43

5th

Rugby Union Men’s

41

6th

Cricket

35

7th

Golf Men’s

29

8th

Lacrosse Men’s

29

9th

Basketball Men’s

28

10th

Hockey Women’s

25

11th

Fencing Men’s

23

12th

Football Women’s

22

13th

Pool

21

14th

Tennis

21

15th

Football Men’s

17

16th

Badminton

16

17th

Rugby Union Women’s

11

18th

Netball

3

19th

Archery

2

20th

Athletics Boxing Canoe Clay Pigeon Jitsu Judo Korfball

0

21st

Total

844


Club of the Year Squash

Sports Awards Ball 2010 Winners

D.I.C.K. of the Season Spud Roebuck - Athletics

Male Sports Personality of the Year

Female Sports Personality of the Year

Nyall Driscoll

Lottie Burgess

- Squash

- Boat

Most Improved Club Football Women’s

Team of the Year Lacrosse Men’s 1

st

Committee Member of the Year

Club Member of the Year

David Creed

Hans De Leeuw

- Korfball

- Athletics


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Fixtures Week Commencing Wednesday 12

th

October

Wednesday Fixtures Team Badminton M1 Badminton M2 Badminton W1 Basketball M1 Basketball M2 Fencing M1 Football M1 Football M2 Football M3 Football M4 Football M5 Football W1 Golf Hockey M1 Hockey M2 Hockey M3 Hockey M4 Hockey W1 Hockey W2 Hockey W3 Lacrosse M1 Lacrosse W1 Netball W1 Netball W2 Netball W3 Rugby League M1 Rugby Union M1 Rugby Union M2 Rugby Union M3 Rugby Union M4 Rugby Union W1 Squash M1 Squash M2 Squash M3 Squash W1 Tennis M1 Tennis M2 Tennis M3 Tennis W1

Opposition

Home/Away

Greenwich Regents College

Home Away

Oxford Brooks M1 London Arts M1 Kingston M2 SOAS M1

Away Home Away Away

Time

Venue

SportsPark

SportsPark

SATURDAY FIXTURES Team

Opposition

Home/Away

Hockey M5 Hockey W4

Witney 4 Oxford Ladies 7s

Home Away

Time

Venue SportsPark

SUNDAY FIXTURES Team

Opposition

Home/Away

American Football Futsal Hockey Mixed Korfball Lacrosse Mixed

University of Greenwich Mixed 1s

Away

Time

Venue


Fixtures Week Commencing Wednesday 19 Wednesday Fixtures Team

Opposition

Home/Away

Badminton M1 Badminton M2 Badminton W1 Basketball M1 Basketball M2 Fencing M1 Football M1 Football M2 Football M3 Football M4 Football M5 Football W1 Golf Hockey M1 Hockey M2 Hockey M3 Hockey M4 Hockey W1 Hockey W2 Hockey W3 Lacrosse M1 Lacrosse W1 Netball W1 Netball W2 Netball W3 Rugby League M1 Rugby Union M1 Rugby Union M2 Rugby Union M3 Rugby Union M4 Rugby Union W1 Squash M1 Squash M2 Squash M3 Squash W1 Tennis M1 Tennis M2 Tennis M3 Tennis W1

Chichester M1

Away

Royal Holloway W1 Hertfordshire M1 Chichester M2 Kent 1st Chichester M1 Surrey M2 Bucks New 5th West Thames SESSA North West Kent College Roehampton W1 Kingston 2nd Brunel Royal Holloway M1 Brighton M2 Portsmouth M4 Royal Holloway W1 Chichester W2 Kings College W2 Essex 1st

Home Away Away Away Away Home Away Away Away Home Away Away Away Home Home Away Home Away Away

Bucks New W1 Chichester W3 London South Bank W2

Home Home Away

Cardiff Medics M1 Kingston M1 LSE M2 LSE M3

Home Away Away Away

Imperial 1st Sussesx 1st Royal Holloway, 1st University of Kent 1st Chichester 1st Roehampton 2nd Roehampton 3rd Westminster 1st

Away Away Home Home Home Away Home Home

Time

Venue

SportsPark

SportsPark

SportsPark

SATURDAY FIXTURES Team

Opposition

Home/Away

Hockey M5 Hockey W4

Aylesbury 4 Bicester Ladies 3’s

Away Home

Time

Venue SportsPark

SUNDAY FIXTURES Team American Football Futsal Hockey Mixed Korfball Lacrosse Mixed

Opposition

Home/Away

Brighton 2nd and 3rd Writtle College Mixed

Away Home

Time

Venue

SportsPark

th

October


Upcoming Events

Team Photos Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th January

Alumni Sports Day

Varsity

Saturday 4th February

The biggest day in the

Make sure you look your best as we have a professional

This is the big grudge match,

photography company who

The alumni return to challenge

come in and take the official

our current teams and compete

team photos which can be

for the Knights Cup. Last year

bought on the day.

the current students narrowly won but who will win this year?

Sport Relief Mile

Awards Ball

Sunday 25th March

This is RUSU’s version of the

Thursday 22nd March BBC Sports Personality of the

One of the biggest charity events of the year, a huge fund raiser for the local community and students alike. You can run a 1,3 or 6 mile course around the campus.

Year with nine awards available from Diabolical Idiot Causing Kaos (DICK) Of The Year to the highly contested Club Of The

Saturday 17th March university sporting calendar. After last year’s easy victory against Bucks New University (Reading won 13-5) this year’s event will be against a much stronger sporting university, Oxford Brookes.

Summer Socials Football 5’s, Hockey 6’s & Rugby 7’s These events will be in June 2012 and provide a great end to the year.

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Questions

Current Scores Jack Legon VP Student Activities Jamie Boyd President of Canoe Simon Griffiths Secretary of Football Hugh Thomas President of Hockey Matt Dennington President of Squash

4/14 6/14 7/14 8/14 6/14

What is the Official National sport of Bulgaria? Weightlifting JL

Hockey

JB

Football

SG

Athletics

HT MD

Handball Wrestling

Sports Mastermind

n

Eight heats. One winner. £100 prize for their club.

What sport’s governing body is called the LTA? Tennis

What sport is played by the Milton Keynes Lions? Basketball

On an archery target what colour is the outer right? White

JL

Tennis

JL

Rugby Union

JL

White

JB

Tennis

Red

Tennis

Handball Basketball

JB

SG

JB SG

SG

Red

Tennis

HT

Basketball

HT

Blue

Tennis

MD

Hockey

MD

White

HT MD

WHERE IS THE 2016 OLYMPICS BEING HELD? RIO, BRAZIL (ONE POINT EACH FOR CITY AND COUNTRY)

What was the name of Sportspark before it became sportspark? Wolfenden Sports Centre

JL

Paris, France

JL

The Sports Pavilion

JB

Rio, Brazil

JB

Knights Kingdom

SG

Moscow, Russia

SG

Madejski Sports Centre

HT

Rio, Brazil

HT

Sports Hall

MD

Moscow, Russia

MD

Wolfenden Sports Centre

What is the final throwing event in the decathlon? Javelin JL

Javelin

What Position did Reading finish in the BUCS overall Points Table? 31st

JB

Welly

JL

We were 28th in 2009/10 33rd

SG

Javelin

JB

31st

HT

Javelin

SG

26th

MD

Discuss

HT

26th

MD

Discuss

What Four English clubs have won the European Cup/Champions league? aston villa, notts forest, man u, liverpool (one point per team) JL JB SG HT MD

Chelsea, Man United, Everton, Arsenal Liverpool, Man United, Newcastle, Yeovil Town Man United, Liverpool, Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa Notts Forest, Man Utd, Liverpool, Celtic Liverpool, Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal

uKNIGHTed Issue 1 2011/12  

The official sports e-magazine of the Reading University Knights.