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Now that the dust has settled from the Roses weekend, I am able to look forward to the last event of the sporting calendar here at Lancaster, the LUSU Sports Awards, which takes place in Barker House Farm on June 15. It is such a brilliant that has seen an evolution over the past number of years and as you will have guessed, recognises the achievements of the talented people that we have at this University. It’s also a fantastic chance for the inter college teams to be recognised alongside those representing the University through our BUCS clubs. Now more than ever, we can be very proud of the provision of sport we have on campus. We have for the first time in a number of years, completed the football league without any hiccups due to adverse weather, allowing the cup to be played at the end of the second term. On top of this, the issues with the netball courts did not hamper the college league as they have both been completed with time to spare too.
As well as presenting trophies and medals for the achievements in various sporting competitions, it is also a chance for us to recognise those individuals who are competing at a very high level in their chosen sport. The LUSU Colours Awards are given to students who meet certain criteria such as county, regional or national level or won national competition in their discipline. As well as making sure we are as inclusive as possible at Lancaster, we must also recognise excellence when it is there too.
As much as I would like it to be the case, we are not a sporting university. We do not have the degree schemes or facilities that can match up to the likes of Bath, Leeds Met or Loughborough but we do have some fantastic talent. This is going to be much more of a realistic goal next year as we move into the new facility right next to the main entrance of the University.
The new Sports Centre is going to be absolutely out of this world and I have been working closely with the University to ensure the greatest service possible for students. We have some fantastic pricing points for next year so hopefully this will encourage as many people as possible to get involved in some way shape or form. Here’s to a fantastic awards event, and an even better year ahead.