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!”
Statement: Welsh Varsity Shield
Following an investigation, it has been discovered that a number of ineligible players were fielded by a Cardiff University team in one of the Varsity Shield competitions. Whilst there is no suggestion that a competitive advantage was being sought, this is not permitted and as a result, the competition has been declared void. This means that Swansea University win the Varsity Shield for the first time in their history with a result of 20-19.
Welsh Varsity returns to Cardiff in 2017
2017 will see the popular Welsh Varsity tournament return to the capital city of Wales again after two successful years in Swansea. The event will be taking place on Wednesday 5th April, supported by thousands of students from Cardiff University and Swansea University.
The Welsh Varsity is a festival of sport, running from Saturday 1st April to Wednesday 5th April. The tournament sees students from 30 sports compete for the coveted Welsh Varsity Shield at venues across the city, including the Welsh Institute of Sport, the SSE Swalec and Cardiff Arms Park. Cardiff will be looking to retain the shield for another year, having taken it home every year since it was introduced. The event culminates with the showcase Ladies and Men’s rugby fixtures in the Principality stadium during the evening of Wednesday 5th April. Swansea 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.
Elin Harding, VP Sport & AU President at Cardiff University, is enthusiastic about the tournament returning to home ground this year. “I am really excited that the Welsh Varsity is returning to Cardiff this year and it promises to be the highlight of our sporting calendars. It is great to see and support so many students competing at national stadiums and I hope that we can continue our unbeaten record in the Welsh Varsity Shield. It is exciting that we are introducing a number of new venues and have been working hard to ensure that this year will be the best year to date.”
Robyn Lock, Sports Officer at Swansea University Students’ Union added: “Varsity is always my favourite time of the year. As a student I would enjoy the preparation, the training, the intensity, the nerves and the competition. It's a day filled with excitement, passion and performance. It showcases both Swansea and Cardiff’s student athletes and it lets people enjoy sport. Sport has the ability to bring people together and although there is the natural friendly rivalry, Varsity has the ability to unite Welsh sport. I am filled with excitement for this year’s Varsity and I can't wait to see the day unfold in raw Welsh passion.”
The tournament will launch with a rowing competition on Saturday 1st April, with the Men’s and Women’s Novice and Senior squads battling for the spoils.
A single ticket gives access to all events and will go on sale on Wednesday 1st February.
Welsh Varsity celebrates 20th Anniversary in Swansea
With Christmas overindulgence a fading memory, we look forward to the pinnacle of the year for many students. We can confirm that the Welsh Varsity 2016 will take place on Wednesday 20th April in Swansea. The event, now in its 20th year, sees over 900 students from Cardiff University and Swansea University battle for the honour of Varsity success.
The Welsh Varsity is a festival of sport, with over 35 competitions taking place across 23 sports. Swansea University and the Liberty Stadium will play host to the tournament which runs from Saturday 16th – Wednesday 20th April. Fixtures kick off at 10:00 on the 20th, with more than 30 competitions taking place throughout the day, on and around the Swansea University campus. The celebrations will culminate that evening with the showcase Men’s Rugby clash at the Liberty Stadium, home of Swansea City and the Ospreys.
Felix Mmeka, Swansea Union Sports Officer, is looking forward to hosting Welsh Varsity again this year. "As a Sports Officer, I am very excited that the Welsh Varsity 2016 would be in Swansea, it is really good for our athletes to compete on home soil. I am sure our clubs are looking forward to fighting for both the Shield and the Cup and our students are eager to watch the spectacle. Cardiff watch out, Green and White Army (GWA) are coming for you!”
Sam Parsons, VP Sport & AU President, is excited about the tournament. “I’m really looking forward to this year’s instalment of The Welsh Varsity. Throughout my time at University, each year Varsity was a massive highlight, and I can’t wait to head back over to Swansea to retain both the Shield, and the Cup. I’m sure all of our clubs that are involved are in that same mind-set – it’s an exciting time to be a part of Team Cardiff!”
The rowing event launches the tournament on Saturday 16th April with the Men’s and Women’s Novice and Senior squads battling for the spoils on the river Tawe in Swansea.
A single ticket gives access to all events and will go on sale on Thursday 28th January.
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Tickets on sale 29th January
Tickets for this year's Welsh Varsity tournament will be available online from Thursday 29th January. Student packages will be available from Cardiff University Students' Union and Swansea University Students' Union at an amazing reduced cost of £22.50, including a rugby ticket, official t-shirt, transport to and from the game and an after party ticket. Tickets will be on sale to the general public from the Liberty Stadium at the end of February.
Welsh Varsity 2015 is heading back West
We are excited to announce that Welsh Varsity 2015 is coming back to Swansea’s Liberty Stadium, home of the Ospreys and Swansea City AFC. The move follows four successful years at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, and will allow Swansea to play on home turf for the first time since 2010.
The Liberty Stadium opened in 2005 to provide a home to Swansea City AFC and Ospreys Rugby whilst giving Swansea a facility to be proud of. Driven by the vision of City and County of Swansea Council, the Liberty Stadium was built along with the Morfa Retail Park just a few minutes from Swansea City Centre.
Charlotte Peters, Sports Officer at Swansea University, is thrilled about the return to Swansea. “It's hugely exciting that The Welsh Varsity shall be returning to Swansea for the first time in five years and the fact that our athletes finally get to play in front of a home crowd on home soil is fantastic!”
Bryn Griffiths, Vice President Sports and Athletic Union President at Cardiff University, is enthusiastic about the move. “Varsity 2015 will undoubtedly be the climax of the year for Team Cardiff and I’m sure our teams will be eager to lay down the gauntlet to Swansea on their turf after four successful years at home. With a new head of rugby in post our eyes will well and truly be on the Cup as well as continuing our dominance in the Varsity Shield! Be sure to make the trip west as the Liberty Stadium will be close to capacity and is sure to provide a monstrous atmosphere surpassing that of previous years.”
Paul Thorburn, the Welsh Varsity Chair, is really excited about the Welsh Varsity heading to Swansea. “This falls in line with board’s decision to make the fixture an annual home and away event. The Welsh Varsity competition is one of the best occasions in the Welsh Student calendar and the biggest Student Sporting Event in Wales. Varsity’s return to Swansea for the first time in 5 years is exciting news for the City and the students.”
The Welsh Varsity tournament has seen huge growth over the last five years, attracting crowds of over 20,000 students to cheer on their Universities. Swansea took home the cup for a second successive year in April 2014, beating Cardiff 19-15.
The 2015 Welsh Varsity Shield tournament will be bigger and better than ever before. Over 30 sports clubs will be competing for the coveted shield which has been held by Cardiff since the tournament began. These sports vary from Netball and Rugby to Badminton and Ultimate Frisbee. Swansea and Cardiff teams put huge amounts of preparation and dedication into their Welsh Varsity match and it is the highlight of their sporting year.
Welsh Varsity Returns to the Millennium Stadium
Swansea University and Cardiff University are pleased to announce that the annual Welsh Varsity fixture will be returning to the Millennium Stadium for its fourth year on Wednesday 9th April 2014.
Planning is well underway for this year’s event that will see Cardiff try to regain the cup from Swansea after their defeat in 2013. The Welsh Varsity fixture is in its 18th year, and currently attracts over 20,000 students from Cardiff and Swansea. The universities will compete in over 20 sports over the course of the day, culminating in the men’s rugby match at the home of Welsh sport in the evening.
Tickets will be on sale soon at a price of £12.50.