This year marks 100 years of British Universities and Colleges Sport, of which Bangor University was one of the original ten founding members.

To mark this special occasion, Professor Carol Tully, Pro Vice-Chancellor (students), Richard Bennett, Director of Commercial Services, Kathryn Hughes, Undeb Bangor Sports Co-ordinator and Henry Williams, Undeb Bangor VP elect for Sport attended a special celebration at St James’ Palace in London, hosted by HRH the Princess Royal.

Henry Williams said: “It is an exciting year ahead for me as the incoming VP for Sport at Undeb Bangor. I look forward to upholding the traditions that Sport has played in Bangor over the last 100 years and building on the continued expansion of both our sporting provision and facilities for many years to come.

“Sport at Bangor plays an integral role in the student experience and with the introduction of the free membership model for sport, this has removed all financial barriers to participation for our students, crucially allowing everyone the opportunity to freely access and participate in any sport they wish to try. With over 60 different clubs, we are extremely proud of our range of sporting activities available to enrich our students’ time at university. ”

Professor Tully said: “We are immensely proud to be one of the founding ten institutions of BUCS. Sport is a hugely important part of student life at Bangor for so many reasons and one of the cornerstones of Undeb Bangor’s contribution to university life here. We are continuing to support sport with the installation of our new 3G pitch at Treborth and look forward to many more years of student sport at Bangor.”

This celebration follows the recent news of the Students’ Union winning the WhatUni Student Choice award for Best Clubs and Societies in the UK. This is the third consecutive year that the Students’ Union have won this impressive accolade.

The Student Union have over 200 different Clubs and Societies, which are all FREE to join.

The Inter-Varsity Athletics Board of England and Wales was established in 1919 and held the first ever athletics meeting involving 10 universities (The Founding 10), Aberystwyth, Bangor, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham, Manchester & Sheffield.

To see the full BUCS timeline, visit their website Here

Photo: Professor Carol Tully of Bangor University meets HRH the Princess Royal.