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Welsh Varsity 2017 is coming home to Cardiff … are you ready?

This year’s tournament will take place from Saturday 1st April to Wednesday 5th April 2017 in venues across the city.

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. Welsh Varsity will culminate 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.

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Tickets are on sale now from this page or from the Welsh Varsity shop on the ground floor of the Students’ Union. You can also pick up cool limited edition Varsity merchandise. (opening hours 11:00-16:00). The collection date to pick up your tickets is from Monday 20th March to Friday 31st March.

Standard Package

The Standard Varsity Package costs £22.50 and includes a ticket for the rugby matches, a wristband to attend all other sporting fixtures, and an official Varsity branded t-shirt.

Ultimate Club Bundle – Sold out

Full Package – SOLD OUT

Ticket collection

Ticket collection is happening from Monday 20th March to Friday 31st March. Collection is from the Varsity Shop located of the Ground Floor of the Students Union. (Opposite Cardiff Student Letting). The shop will be open from 11:00-16:00.

If you’ve got any questions about Varsity, have a look at our frequently asked questions.

A festival of sport

Welsh Varsity started out 21 years ago as a rugby match between Cardiff University students and Swansea University students. Today it’s so much more than that.

In recent years the match has been played at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea and in the Principality Stadium, with live coverage on S4C. Past student players have gone on to play for the Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Llanelli Scarlets and even internationally for Wales so expect a high standard on the field.

Find out times and locations for this year’s fixtures

Not an avid sports fan? Welsh Varsity is a great day out even if you don’t know your shuttlecocks from your wickets. There’s an amazing atmosphere on the day as thousands of students cheer on different teams so don’t let a lack of sporting knowledge put you off.

In association with

Welsh Varsity works with prestigious partners each year to deliver the best event possible. We are proud to be working with Rhino Teamwear who are the official clothing sponsor of the Welsh Varsity.

Proud to support Rainbow Laces

In 2015, Welsh Varsity sports teams laced up for the first time and showed their support for the Rainbow Laces campaign. The campaign was launched by Stonewall with the aim of ridding sport of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia through getting players, clubs and fans to stand together and send out a message that it has no place in sport today. Sadly, discrimination remains a huge problem in many sports. Fear of abuse and discrimination excludes lesbian, gay, bi or trans people and puts them off taking part, or even watching sport.

Sport plays a huge part in University life for a great number of students all over the UK. It provides extra-curricular activity as a break from studies; not only having health and fitness benefits but also providing a great opportunity to meet and make new friends. Unfortunately, many LGBT+ students feel excluded or uncomfortable participating because of factors including the culture, structure and physical environment in which sport takes place.

For the third year in a row, teams competing in the tournament will be wearing Rainbow Laces to show their support the campaign.