1. Swansea to host 2020 Welsh Varsity

    The Welsh Varsity will return to Swansea next year with the university sporting showpiece taking place on Wednesday, April 29.

    Varsity is a festival of sport and sees students from Swansea University and Cardiff University battle it out in over 30 sports including both the men’s and women’s rugby matches.

    Next year’s event will also see Swansea host Varsity in the same year that the University celebrates its centenary year.

    Varsity has been an ever-present on the sporting calendar for both Swansea University and Cardiff University since it began in 1997 and has gone from strength to strength each year. Following a successful day in Cardiff in 2019, Varsity will return to Swansea in 2020 with Cardiff the current holders of both the Varsity Shield and Varsity Cup.

    Ticket details will be announced in due course

    Ffion Davies, Sports Officer at Swansea University Students’ Union, said: “We’re very excited to have the biggest sporting day of the student calendar back in Swansea, for our centenary year. Whether competing or supporting, I can’t wait to see everyone unite as one to celebrate everything sport has to offer, here in Swansea.”

    Jude Pickett, VP Sports and Athletic Union President at Cardiff University, said: “I am very excited to be involved in the biggest and best Welsh Varsity to date. Preparations are already underway for this amazing event that enables clubs to showcase their talent on and off the pitch.

    “I am thrilled to support Team Cardiff and to hopefully watch them bring the cup and shield back home to Cardiff once again. This is the one event in the student calendar you don’t want to miss.”

  2. Welsh Varsity returns to Cardiff in 2019

    The popular Welsh Varsity tournament is returning to the capital city of Wales after a successful year in Swansea in 2018. The event will be taking place on Wednesday 10th April, supported by thousands of students from Cardiff University and Swansea University.

    The Welsh Varsity is a festival of sport, running from Saturday 6th April to Wednesday 10th April. The tournament sees students from 30 sports compete for the coveted Welsh Varsity Shield at venues across the city, including Sport Wales and Cardiff Arms Park. Cardiff will be looking to retain the shield for another year, after reclaiming it in Swansea last year. The event culminates with the showcase Ladies and Men's rugby fixtures in the Principality stadium during the evening of Wednesday 10th April. Cardiff University Ladies will be looking to avenge last year's defeat whilst the Men's team will be looking to repeat last year's performance and take home the Welsh Varsity cup for the third year in a row.

    Georgie Haynes, VP Sports & Athletic Union President at Cardiff University, is enthusiastic about the tournament returning to home ground this year. "We are extremely excited for the Welsh Varsity to return to the capital city this year. I'm looking forward to all of our sports clubs rising to the occasion and putting on a fantastic and competitive showing of what Cardiff has to offer."

    Sophie Hargreaves, Sports Officer at Swansea University Students' Union added: "Varsity is the highlight of the year for our sporting students, and there's a lot of preparation involved. I can't wait to see our students come together and showcase their incredible talent."

    The tournament will launch with a Rowing competition on Saturday 6th April, with the Men's and Women's Novice and Senior squads battling it out on the water.

    Ticketing details will be announced shortly and will go on sale in February. To find out more, follow @TheWelshVarsity on Twitter and visit

  3. Welsh Varsity returns to Swansea in 2018

    This year’s Welsh Varsity will be held in Swansea, where the Liberty Stadium will play host to the showpiece rugby match on Wednesday 25 April.

    Now in its 22nd year, the tournament sees Swansea University sports teams go head-to-head with Cardiff University students in the biggest student event in Wales and the largest student multi-sport event in the UK.

    The Welsh Varsity is a week-long festival of sport, running from 18 - 25 April. Throughout the week, students will compete in over 40 different sports for the Varsity Shield, including Ultimate Frisbee, swimming, golf, fencing, squash, boxing, basketball, and hockey.

    The majority of the Welsh Varsity games take place at Swansea University’s International Sports Village in Sketty Lane on Wednesday 25 April, culminating with the men’s rugby match at the Liberty Stadium at 7pm.

    Swansea will be looking to retain the Varsity Shield for another year, having taken it home for the first time in the competition’s history in 2017. Cardiff University’s men’s rugby team will be looking to repeat last year’s performance in the Principality Stadium, and take home the Welsh Varsity Cup.

    Swansea's River Tawe will be the venue for the 13th Welsh Boat Race between Swansea University and Cardiff University Rowing Clubs on Saturday 21 April.

    Gwyn Aled Rennolf, Sports Officer at Swansea University Students' Union, said: "We're really excited to be the home team for the Welsh Varsity tournament this year. Our fans always get behind the players but there's something extra special about playing in front of a home crowd. Our players have been training really hard and we're certain we'll be keeping the Shield in Swansea”.

    Tom Kelly, Vice President Sport & Athletic Union President, is looking forward to taking Team Cardiff back to Swansea: “Welsh Varsity is one of the biggest highlights in the student calendar. A lot of preparation goes into the tournament, both behind the scenes and on the field. I’m excited to be heading back to Swansea in April and hopefully celebrating a Cardiff win!”

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