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what is bucs?

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for Higher Education sport in the UK and delivers more than 50 sports to almost 170 member institutions each year.

BUCS is made up of a huge number of leagues, cups and national championships, and at Essex with offer students the chance to compete as a team or individually on behalf of the Blades.

The University of Essex finished 32nd out of approximately 170 institutions in 2022-23, with 1522 BUCS Points.

To see what fixtures we have coming up and how our Essex Blades teams are getting on, click here

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We have 58 teams competing regularly against other institutions in BUCS. Fixtures take place on Wednesday's, with the excepetion of American Football, Baseball, Futsal and Water Polo which happen at weekends.

Depending on the BUCS Tier, each team will also compete in a Cup. This year, 8 of our BUCS teams made it to their Cup final, and 12 won their League.

If you would like to play competitive sport on a regular basis please contact one of our sports clubs for more information. Trials will take place during the first 2 weeks of Term 1. All dates and times will be dispalyed on the Students' Union Website when we have this information from our clubs.

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Played a sport at a high level in the past? Fancy representing the Essex Blades in a BUCS National Championship? Get in touch by emailing

Depending on your experience, support with entry fees and transport costs may be provided by the Students' Union.

Details of upcoming championships can be found at BUCS Events

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2022-23 bucs honours



American Football 1st

Badminton Men’s 1st

Badminton Women’s 1st

Baseball Mixed 1st

Basketball Women’s 1st

Fencing Men’s 1st

Football Men’s 2nd

Football Men’s 3rd

Futsal Men’s 1st

Table Tennis Men’s 1st

Volleyball Men’s 1st

Volleyball Women’s 2nd








Men's Football Club 2023 Team Trials
2nd October midnight - 5th October midnight
Pitch 4, University of Essex Grass Fields
The official Essex Blades Men's Football 2023-24 team trials. You will need to book on to attend this event.
Register now
Contemporary Squad Audition
11th October 2pm - 3pm
Activity Studio 2
Audition for contemporary competition squad
Ballet Squad Audition
15th October 1pm - 2pm
Activity Studio 2
Audition for Ballet competition team
Jazz Squad Audition
15th October 2pm - 3pm
Activity Studio 2
Audition for Jazz competition team
Street Squad Audition
15th October 3pm - 4pm
Activity Studio 2
Audition for Street competition team
Commercial Squad Audition
15th October 4pm - 5pm
Activity Studio 2
Audition for Commercial competition team