The 2014/15 year has been another fantastic one for sport at Bath, with more students than ever before taking part in sport on campus. No doubt the next few years will have plenty more in store.
Over the summer, club committees worked to prepare for Freshers’ Week, and lots of clubs saw fantastic recruitment as a result. First years overran Parade during Sports Day, and there were queues of students at taster sessions. Following on from this a number of sports clubs had record numbers turn up for their trials.
Snowball sold out for the second year in a row, with Badminton announced as Club of the Semester and Hockey Men’s 1s announced as Team of the Semester. Both nights were packed, and it was great to see so many Bathletes dressed up for the masquerading. Score has not disappointed this year either and has been incredibly popular, with a sell out for the first 5 weeks of semester one.
Now, there has been plenty of development taking place across campus again this year, and the sport facilities have been no exception. The 50m swimming pool has seen a complete refurbishment, with the installation of a legacy pool from London 2012 and a big revamp of STV changing facilities as well. This has included free lockers for the first time ever! Officers have pushed for them for years, so it is great news for student sport that they are now installed. Additionally, progress continues to be made towards the construction of the University’s first 3G pitch. Construction is now closer than ever, and such development will undoubtedly continue over the next few years to keep Bath’s sporting infrastructure on the up.
This year the recreational offer has also been expanded, with more sports and greater capacity. As student numbers increase, the department have looked to provide activity outside the usual sporting hubs. There have been ‘pop-up’ sport sessions all over campus as part of Sport England’s Activation Fund project, engaging hundreds of students and, in association with the Youth Sport Trust, the second Disability Sports Day was held in November. This was a brilliant event to see, with members of the community coming up to campus to have a go at the variety of inclusive sport which was on offer.
In BUCS, Bath is once again one of the best sporting universities in the UK, maintaining a fantastic level of performance. In Hockey, the Men’s 1s pipped Exeter to the Premier South title in the last fixture of the season, and Judo came away from BUCS Nationals with a record medal haul. Elsewhere, despite training off campus throughout the pool refurbishment, the Swimming team have performed valiantly, finishing second only to Loughborough in both the Long and Short Course tournaments. The Badminton and Tennis 1st teams have again continued their dominance too, all convincingly winning their respective leagues and all seeing impressive Championship performances. Badminton Men’s 1s also made BUCS history, winning all ten of their league fixtures by the maximum score 8-0!
It really has been another brilliant year for sport at Bath and hopefully that will continue in the coming years.