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After the first year of a LUSU Vice President (Activities), which encompassed both sports clubs and societies, the annual LUSU Sport Awards will also see a change this year. The LUSU Activities Awards, to be held on the 13th June at Barker House Farm, will present all of the usual sporting trophies, including the Carter Shield, as well as recognising the work of the many different socieities the Students’ Union has on offer.
There are four different categories at the awards. The first is recognising sporting achievement at a college level, and includes the presentations of the football and netball leagues, as well as the winners of each individual Carter Shield. This is followed by the main presentation of the Carter Shield. Fylde, having won last year, top the league at the moment with 112 points. However, Graduate, who are having an incredibly strong year, are close behind on 100 points, and competition behind includes the two founding colleges, Bowland and Lonsdale, respectively.
In the George Wyatt category, there will be presentations to the winners of the pool, darts and dominoes league, as well as the overall winner of the George Wyatt. Within the LUSU Award category, there are trophies for the 11-a-side football league and cup, as well as the 6-a-side league, and the presentation of LUSU Colours for sporting achievement.
The final category of awards recognises outstanding achievement by different sporting clubs and societies. There is an award for BUCS Team of the Year which is presented to the team who progressed the furthest in their competition. There is also BUCS Club of the Year, as voted on by the BUCS clubs at the Activities Annual General Meeting. A vote was also held at the General Meeting for Society of the Year.
As Vice President (Activities), Marc Handley will present VP Activities Sports Award to any club or individual who he feels is most deserving, and similarily, VP Activities Society Award.
Handley has acknowledged how difficult the decision will be. “The standard of our groups this year has been absolutely incredible, many of them have done some incredible things, and I look forward to congratulating them at the LUSU Activities Award,” he said. The event is not ticketed but capacity is limited to those who are nominated for awards.